Osteopathy is a manual therapy specifically for functional conditions designed to diagnose and treat reversible lesions, to correct and prevent restrictions to mobility which are the cause of physical dysfunction and certain types of spinal, joint and organ pain.
Osteopathy is as much a preventative as a remedial therapy which is used with adults, babies and children, pregnant women and the elderly.
An osteopathic consultation begins with asking about the reason for the consultation, an investigation of the symptoms presented by the patient and an examination of the body's various systems, as well as a personal and family medical history.
Manual techniques are used to find out where the tissue structures are damaged so that their working properties, and therefore their function, can be fully re-established.
The following list is not exhaustive:
Apart from the organs themselves, we pay particularly close attention to the links between the organs and the structures that support them.
Visceral manipulation offers a wide range of non-invasive techniques as well as highly mobilising techniques. Fine manual techniques treat the correct movement of the organs. If they are not effective, the mobilisation can be intensified with traction, pressure, leverage techniques and autonomic reflexes.
It absorbs physical as well as emotional shocks and will react with tension in the tissues leading to loss of mobility.
Over time, this immobility in the various tissue layers, even if it is not always felt by the patient, upsets the general equilibrium of the body and can cause a range of conditions.
Fascial techniques aim to restore the mobility required for the body to function properly, and will be included in the approach that uses structural, visceral and craniosacral techniques.