Osteopathy focuses on restoring mobility and function of body structures (fascia, ligaments, muscles, viscera, skull, bones, etc.) using hundreds of manual techniques. The aim is to discover and treat the causes of disease and eliminate the symptoms.
Osteopathy always includes the human being as a whole in his environment. A questionnaire and tests will support assumptions that the osteopath will build regarding tensions and blockages in the body.
L'ostéopathie se base sur des sciences à part entière comme l'embryologie, l'anatomie, la physiologie, la biomécanique et les pathologies. L'ostéopathe doit acquérir un minimum de 4 années d'études et soumettre un mémoire pour obtenir un diplôme.
Here are the 4 main principles of the founder of osteopathy, Andrew Taylor Still, to help you understand the philosophy of this approach:
During the first osteopathic visit, the client is asked to complete a questionnaire regarding their past and current state of health. Subsequently, the client is evaluated using various manual tests and palpations in order to detect blockages that could cause dysfunction, discomfort and/or health problems.
The osteopathic treatment consists of gentle manual techniques used to restore necessary mobility to structures and soft tissues, which will subsequently allow the body to self-normalize. If necessary, the therapist will advise the client on specific exercises and share helpful information in order to maximize the effects of the care given.
The osteopathic session lasts approximately one hour in length. It is advised to rest and stay hydrated following an osteopathic treatment. It is possible to feel aches and fatigue for 24 to 48 hours after a session.