What is osteopathy?

Definition

Osteopathy is a full therapy which relies on knowledge of both anatomy and physiology. It is a manual diagnostic and therapeutic approach of function disorders, caused by loss of mobility of any kind of tissue. Loss of mobility means reduced ‘moveability’, stretch ability and ‘compressibility’ of tissue in every sense of the word.

Wat is osteopathy ?

Osteopathy is of American origin and is based on the theories of A.T. Still. It is classified as manual medicine. An osteopath is specialized in the muscular-skeletal system of the human body. He/she can help mobility disorders of joints, muscles, bones and sinews by ‘loosening’ these structures with his/her hands.

The special thing about osteopathy is that it can also trace mobility disorders to different bodily systems (the muscular-skeletal system, nervous system, cardiovascular system, respiratory system and metabolic mechanisms) and provide treatment. The different bodily systems are related to each other and influence each other constantly. An osteopath has different techniques to improve mobility between these different systems and structures.

An osteopath will search for the source of the complaint. It may well be that the cause of lower back pain lies within the organs. The osteopath may thus work on your organs, as well as working on the lower back, in order to make them function correctly again.

By reducing the disturbed mobility, the body functions will be balanced again and the self-healing ability of the body (auto corrective system) will be stimulated.

Depending on your complaint, the desired result, the number of treatments, and the treatment period will be discussed on the first appointment.

The period between treatments may vary from 1 week to 2 months. This is the time the body needs to acquire a new balance. After two to three treatments improvement is to be expected. If the symptoms are persistent, complete recovery will take longer and more treatments will be necessary.

The more acute the complaint, the quicker treatment will give results. If the complaints are more chronic, the body balance is more extensively disturbed and the frequency and duration of the treatment will also be more extensive.