What kind of complaints are treated by the osteopath?

An osteopath treats newborns, babies, children and adults with various complaints. A lot of people suffering from complaints at the spinal column are frequently treated successfully with osteopathy. These complaints may be caused by an accident, surgery, incorrect posture, bad lifestyle and physical or mental overload. They cause joint to block, restrict mobility and tension in different body tissues ; sometimes the consequences emerge years later. The following 3 complaints can often be treated succesfully by an osteopath :

Cranio-sacral System (skull-sacrum)

  • Headache (migraine, chronic sinus complaints, tension headaches)
  • Migraine
  • Facial pain
  • Whiplash
  • vertigo
  • tinitis
  • temporo-mandibular joint dysfunctions
  • chronic otitis
  • throat, nose, ear complaints
  • Babies (cry babies, skull asymmetry, babies with reflux)
  • Children (learning difficulties, orthodontics, sleeping problems)

Visceral System (organs)

  • Abdominal pain as a result of stress, postoperative, acidification
  • palpitations
  • Hyperventilation (-syndrom)
  • Incontinence
  • Period cramps
  • Complaints at the pelvic organs (uterus, bladder)
  • Fertility problems
  • Digestive problems (bloating, burping, flatulence)
  • Babies (cry babies, reflux, intestinal cramps)
  • Children with obesity (see multidisciplinary program “Everything will work out fine”)

 Parietal system (a.o. vertebrae, ribs and joints)

  • Joint pains (such as rheumatism and osteoarthritis)
  • Muscle aches (tense or tight muscles)
  • Backaches (osteoarthritis, lumbago, bulging disc or herniated disc, blockages)
  • Neck pain (torticollis, whiplash, pain radiating into shoulder…)
  • Shoulder pain
  • Pain radiating into limbs
  • Nerve pinching
  • Spinal blockade
  • Asymmetric spinal column
  • Limbs (foot problems, inflammatory symptoms tennis elbow or golfer’s elbow, PSH, knee pain)

Depending on the location and cause of the complaint, an osteopath can use parietal, visceral, cranio-sacral or fascial techniques as a treatment.

No medical subscription or referral from a medical doctor is needed to make an appointment. At the first appointment we do an introductory interview with an important clinical goal. First of all your complaint will be extensively discussed. Most people are very capable of describing it or naming it, which offers important information to any therapist. But we also treat your body as a whole, more additional information is necessary. Questions can also be asked about medical history and certain habits.

The questions we ask are not only linked directly to the symptoms of your complaint, we also ask questions about other body systems, because these may be related to your current complaints. Not only it guarantees an efficient treatment but also a safe therapy.

The osteopath will examine you carefully and extensively. We will put emphasis on observing your posture, the exact setting of the pain-structure, we will make a mobility assessment and safety testing. The pain and motion restrictions will then be analyzed in a cause-effect pattern. The osteopath’s treatment plan will be determined by the priority of the pain and the quality of motion restriction. The manual techniques used by the osteopath are extensive and depend upon the patient and structures to be treated.

Before processing treatment, additional examination may be necessary in order to get a clearer picture of the origin of the complaint. This is always done in conjunction with your general practitioner or specialist. Although an osteopath works independently, they generally prefer a multi-disciplinary approach.