Osteopathy is a manual form of medicine that focuses on the anatomical properties of the body. The rhythms and movements in the human body are examined manually. Where the greatest limitation of movement or anatomical dysfunction is found, treatment is (usually) done.
Life is moving
Still waters have deep soils, but the water is rarely drinkable. Rather, it is the flowing stream that contains clear and clean water. This is also the case in the body. Healthy tissue has movement; flowing blood and lymph are needed.
The body contains different movement rhythms. Breathing and the heartbeat are known to most people, the sacro-cranial rhythm probably not. In a healthy body, each part moves in harmony with the rest, such as a Swiss precision watch, but with living tissue. If the movement is disturbed somewhere, the optimum function is also disturbed and diseases can occur.
If a part of the body functions less well, the body’s response is usually to fix this problem zone. This can possibly lead to hardening, calcification, movement restrictions and less flexibility. This is also reflected in the aging process; most people become less agile and fragile over the years. To a certain extent, this is not necessary. If you stay healthy, you will also remain flexible and mobile. Old age does not have to be a deterioration process.
The osteopath is often able to restore the mobility of the body tissues (provided that the process is not too advanced). This is usually done using extremely soft techniques, but sometimes a “trust” is also needed or slight adhesions have to be pulled off.
Purposes of osteopathy
As already mentioned, most disorders in the body are accompanied by palpable reductions in mobility. That is why the osteopath also has a wide field of work. Most chronic complaints can be approached osteopathically, but the most suitable are disorders on the anatomical (not physiological) level. This means that complaints of the musculoskeletal system (muscles, joints, membranes and bones or poor dental development) or complaints in the flow (cold hands, tingling of the nerves, vein congestion, organ dysfunction) offer good osteopathic targets. Traumas (from concussions to sprained ankle) can also be treated properly if they do not want to heal themselves.
For long-term complaints in the area of the bones, such as knee, spine, hip or skull complaints (including spit, lumbago, neck complaints, whiplash, RSI, balance disorders and the like), osteopathy is the most suitable form of therapy that I know.