What is Osteopathy?
"Osteopathy is a philosophy, a science and an art.
Its philosophy embraces the concept of the unity of the body structure and function in health and disease.
Its science includes the chemical, physical and biological sciences related to the maintenance of health and the prevention, cure and alleviation of disease.
Its art is the application of the philosophy and the science in the practice of osteopathic medicine.”
(Kirksville consensus declaration, 1953)
Osteopathy is a system of diagnosis and manual treatment underpinned by the holistic perception that the body functions as a unit capable of self-regulation and self-healing.
Osteopaths treat patients of all ages, from babies to the elderly, with a wide range of presenting complaints.
We assess our patients clinically to find the cause of their musculoskeletal complaint and to screen them for potential pathological processes that may need the attention of another medical practitioner.
Osteopaths use touch, physical manipulation, cranial and visceral techniques, stretching and massage to increase the mobility of joints, to relieve muscle tension, to enhance the blood and nerve supply to tissues, and to help your body’s own healing mechanisms. They may also provide advice on posture and exercise to aid recovery, promote health and prevent symptoms recurring.
All the parts of our bodies are anatomically linked together by means of the fascia, and interacting together physiologically in a specific and synchronized equilibrium, from the simple unit of the cell to our bodily systems and organs.
If a part of the body is not functioning properly anymore, it is going to influence all linked structures and their functions.
Every component of the body possesses its own vibration (harmonious or not) that we, as osteopaths, aim to perceive. The conjunct rhythm of tissues produces the pulsation of the heart, the breathing of the lungs, the nerves' conduction, and each of them consists in a major indicator of the body’s health (or vitality) and state of wellness.
When a blockage occurs, it often manifests a prolonged disequilibrium within the body.
We do not just treat symptoms or diseases, but individuals, presenting a disturbance in the expression of their vitality shown through structure and shape.
Nowadays, we often forget to listen to ourselves for any sign of imbalance. It means that when a person undergoes a trauma, repeated efforts, postural disorders, disease, or environmental factors (psychological stress, poor lifestyle,…), their body's self-healing ability will reach a limit, after which, a structure will find itself in a restriction of mobility. Our job is then to establish the correlation between the cause and the symptom in order to remove these restrictions, which act as barriers the body has put into place to protect himself against even stronger harms.