The principles of
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.
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
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
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