What is Osteopathy in simple words?

Osteopathy is a form of natural medicine that treats your body as a single functioning unit.
Osteopathy assesses and treats movement restrictions in your body tissues that prevent you from being healthy and fit.
Osteopathic philosophy believes that physical problems should be treated as early as possible, in order to prevent further injury or other illness.

What are the 4 basic principles of Osteopathy?

Each structure in the body supports the body’s functions. If a structure is damaged, out of place, or otherwise not working properly, the body will not function at its best.
The natural flow of the body’s fluids – lymphatic, vascular and neurological – must be preserved and maintained.
The human body is the sum of its parts.
Its physical, emotional, social, spiritual, and cognitive systems don’t work independently -they work in harmony. When the body has no restrictions, it has the inherent ability to heal itself.

 Understanding Osteopathy

The name Osteopathy seems to be highly misunderstood, even among Osteopaths. It is too often explained as “bone sickness” or “bone disease”, but this couldn’t be further from the actually meaning!

The word Osteopathy comes from two Greek words: OSTEON which means “structure of living matter”, and PATHOS meaning an incoming impression, or “profound emotion”.

The root meaning of “pathos” here is similar to its use in the words “sympathy,” “empathy,” or “telepathy.” (And not as in “pathology” which is a modern and derived meaning that is almost a reversal of the original meaning of the word.)

Thus, the term “Osteopathy” means or could be explained as “sensing or perceiving the influence of the bones or structure on the body in relation to disease, causation, and cure.” Or more simply put “the science of perceiving structure”!

 Understanding Osteopathy

The name Osteopathy seems to be highly misunderstood, even among Osteopaths. It is too often explained as “bone sickness” or “bone disease”, but this couldn’t be further from the actually meaning!

The word Osteopathy comes from two Greek words: OSTEON which means “structure of living matter”, and PATHOS meaning an incoming impression, or “profound emotion”.
How can Manual Osteopathy benefit you?
  • Reduces pain and stiffness in joints
  • Qualitatively and gently treats spinal problems resulting from poor posture or spinal disk injuries
  • Relieves chronic pain through non-invasive treatment
  • Decreases joint stress & Increases range of motion in the joints
  • Relieves tension headaches and migraine headaches
  • Reduces tension in the body
  • Treats trauma from accidents, sports injuries, and motor vehicle injuries

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What happens when you visit an Osteopathic manual practitioner?

Your medical history is examined and discussed at any initial session with Osteopathic manual practitioner. He/she will conduct a detailed health survey, paying attention to chief complaints, health issues, and other medical interventions that you’ve received in the past.

Then, an assessment of your needs will be performed. Your Osteopathic manual practitioner will conduct a physical examination in order to assess your physical condition, and ensure safe treatment options.

Upon completing the medical history and physical examinations, your Osteopathic manual practitioner will discuss treatment options with you. After reviewing the examination findings with you, the Osteopathic manual practitioner will put together a treatment plan to be carried out.

What are the Treatment Methods of Osteopathic Manual Practitioner?

Osteopathic Manual Practitioners identify, assess, and treat the body’s structures and rhythms using a gentle, hands-on approach. This fundamental technique is called osteopathic palpation. Manual practitioners spend many years developing the very sensitive sense of touch they need to master osteopathic palpation.

Osteopathic palpation is what makes osteopathy different from other forms of therapy. Manual practitioners use it in the four major treatment techniques:

1. Soft Tissue Therapy

The practitioner uses soft tissue techniques in many different ways. In general, they use it to evaluate the condition of tissues and to help the body’s fluids (such as blood and lymphatic fluid) flow smoothly. Keeping fluids flowing smoothly reduces harmful fluid retention and makes the body’s immune system more effective.

Fascia is tissue found in all parts of the body. It connects all of the body’s structures at both superficial and deep levels. Practitioners evaluate the fascia to find areas of restriction, and then use soft tissue therapy to make sure the length and tension of the fascia are properly balanced.

Throughout the treatment, osteopaths keep checking on the state of the body’s tissues. If one technique isn’t working to correct a restriction, they use another approach instead. Above all, osteopathic manual practitioners try to restore health without over-treating.

2. Osteopathic Articular Technique

Osteopathic Manual Practitioners use this technique to:

  • reduce muscle spasms near a joint
  • ease neurological irritations around a joint
  • make joints more mobile
  • reduce pain and discomfort

The articular technique involves gently moving 2 joint surfaces. Before doing this, practitioners carefully prepare the soft tissues around the treatment area. They also move the patient into a position that will minimize, or eliminate the energy and force needed to perform the manoeuvre. Many patients find this technique less forceful than joint manipulations.
A click is sometimes heard when the correction is made. This is nothing more than the synovial fluid moving through the joint.
The osteopathic articular technique is a very small component of osteopathy. Patients who do not want to have this (or any other) technique performed on them are encouraged to discuss their concerns with their practitioner. Osteopathic Manual Practitioners can use other methods to achieve similar results.

3. Cranial - Sacral Therapy

This is the gentlest osteopathic technique, and it requires the most experience to use effectively. To learn this technique, Osteopathic Manual Practitioners undergo years of intensive training. Through this training, their hands become sensitive to the cranial mobility and develop great precision in utilizing cranial technique.

Osteopathic Manual Practitioners use this gentle technique to assess and treat the mobility of the skull and its contents. They may also use it to assess and treat the spine, the sacrum, and other parts of the body.

The goal of this technique is to adjust the body’s physiology by restoring balance to the circulation of the blood and other body fluids. Practitioners do this by treating the body’s inherent biorhythm. Practitioners trained in this technique can feel this rhythm in the patient’s head, spinal cord, and in the sacrum and the rest of the body. Osteopathic Manual Practitioners use the biorhythm to assess the patient’s condition, and they may modify it during treatment.

4. Visceral Manipulation

Osteopathic Manual Practitioners use visceral manipulation to treat organs and viscera of the body, including: liver, stomach, intestines, ..

Clients may feel pain in one or more of these organs, or the viscera may be less pliable than it should be. Osteopathic Manual Practitioners gently move the structures themselves and the fascia (connective tissue) that surrounds them to restore full movement.

Most patients treated with visceral manipulation feel only gentle pressure of the osteopathic manual practitioner’s hand. But the corrections are powerful enough to improve the mobility of an organ, improve blood flow, and help the organ function more effectively.

Many references can be found buried in classic Osteopathic literature, among which:
-The Theory of Osteopathy (Ref: 1936, Ernest E Tucker DO and Perrin T Wilson DO)
-The true meaning of osteopathy: the bone and its influence on. (Ref: 2007, Olivier
Auquier : Ostéopathie – Prinicipes et application ostéoarticulaire)