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Article 2 : The principles of Osteopathy
 

The principles of Osteopathy

Osteopathy is a system of diagnosis and treatment using the therapist’s hands as the unique tool of treatment. It involves determining modifications and treating the tissues and structures in the body at different levels. Those modifications appear as changes in the quality of the tissues (tension, density, elasticity) and in the quantity of movement when structures are mobilised. By detecting these modifications in all structures we can find out if the body holds potential problems or not.
One of the distinctive aspects of Osteopathy is that there is no need for an intermediary instrument between the practitioner and the patient. This global
therapeutic approach is based on several different biological and medical disciplines, including anatomy, biomechanics, neurology, physiology and pathology, requiring advanced studies prior to the specific training necessary to become an Osteopath.
The therapist uses his hands as instruments of diagnosis and treatment. He uses the full potential of these tools as a fulcrum for the healing process
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But Osteopathy goes beyond the manifestations of discomfort and disease to trace back to past traumas, that in some cases were never detected. Indeed, even a minor physical or emotional event, depending on how each individual deals with it, can lead to a dysfunction that can manifest itself immediately or surface much later.
The Osteopath’s particular vision of human health and well being is different from the language to which we are accustomed. For example, gastritis, tendonitis or sinusitis evoke disorders affecting a specific part of the body and are treated as such. Osteopathy considers in addition each individual from a holistic therapeutic viewpoint where man is an entity as part of his environment, well beyond the limits of a particular symptom.


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