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Article 1: Who can benefit from Osteopathy ?

Who can benefit from Osteopathy ?

Osteopathy is effective for people of all ages, from infants to the elderly. This system of diagnosis allows the therapist to detect problems through palpation, in light of the patient’s history. Osteopathy can also make preventive diagnosis to treat existing dysfunction eventhough the patient may not experience or present any clinical symptoms or complaints, especially in new-born and young children.

It is equally beneficial to athletes, whether professional or not, people with problems stemming from a sedentary job or life style, those exposed to professional hazards, and to people suffering from a wide range of traumas and medical conditions.


Osteopathy accompanies women throughout and after their pregnancy as well as babies immediately after delivery. It can adapt to each individual according to his or her age, physical characteristics and specific reactions to treatments.
Osteopathy teaches patients to manage their own health so that "good health" means more to them than just the opposite of illness and becomes synonimous of quality of life. It gives them the opportunity and the tools to live life to its fullest.


Newborn babies
Childbirth can mean an initial trauma for the newborn baby, especially to the cranial region. Regurgitation, sleeping problems, cranial asymmetry, conjunctivitis and squinting are problems that can be considerably reduced through Osteopathy. Long labours and medication inducing contractions can lead to disturbances in the baby that the practitioner will be able to detect. In
difficult cases where it was necessary to use forceps, cupping devices or resuscitation, Osteopathic treatment becomes an indispensable aid to balance the trauma inflicted upon the baby.

Pregnancy
Some of the frequent discomforts of pregnancy are back pain and poor digestion (nausea, vomiting, constipation), as well as a general sluggishness or bloated feeling. Osteopathy can treat these functional disorders helping the patient’s body to adapt to the new condition of pregnancy.
The new found harmony and balance will also increase the comfort of your future child. Please note that visits to the Osteopath do not replace the necessary schedule of visits to your obstetrician, or preparation for childbirth with midwives.

Adolescence
The most common complaints during adolescence will follow sports injuries. However, more and more adolescents suffer from functional disorders mainly due to the evolution of their life style (computers, TV, diet, lack of exercise…)
Also it has been observed that the development of the posture is closely linked to dentition (position of the teeth). As a consequence, poor posture can be induced by bad teeth, and the opposite can occur. In these cases, it is important to determine the origin of the problem and work in partnership with the orthodontist if a course of dental treatment has been planned.


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