Osteopathy is a system of treatment based on the manipulation and massage of the entire body (bones, muscles, joints, tissues, etc.). Created in 1828 by an American doctor, Andrew STILL, osteopathy treats the causes of disorder rather than its mere symptoms. He treated patients using osteopathy for 50 years.
While this set of manual techniques addresses the patient’s symptoms, it does more than just treat a single body part. Rather, it considers the patient as a whole (overall health, lifestyle, diet, etc.), taking a holistic view of patient health. Loss of mobility of the entire set of structures is what causes health problems. As a result, the osteopath’s hands are the primary tool for treatment. With a deep understanding of anatomy and the body’s physiology, the osteopath uses his or her hands to determine existing or blocked movement, then gently acts on the tissues and joints so that the overall system of structures can be re-established.
Because the body functions as a whole, as one unit, and dysfunction can have local and general repercussions, the osteopath directs treatment to the entire body. Neck pain can have its origins in the digestive system, for example, and back pain can be originally caused by a dental problem, etc. Of course, each body is unique. However, as a general rule, every part of the body is taken into consideration when seeking a diagnosis and course of treatment.
This often requires a gradual approach involving two or three sessions to correct, then to control the stability of effects over time.
What happens during a session?
- The osteopath carries out a diagnosis with you, based on your medical tests if necessary.
- Because physical health is closely related to mental health, the osteopath will evaluate the balance of these two aspects using a questionnaire.
- Palpatory diagnosis is used to evaluate muscle, nerve, and digestive functions.
- Osteopathic treatment uses a range of manual techniques on different parts of the entire body, which are all linked via the tissues, liquids, and nerves. While treatment is specific to each patient, the common objective is to return mobility to areas where it no longer exists.
A personal session lasts between 1 hour and 1 hour 15 minutes.