Osteopathy is a primary care profession. It focuses on total body health by treating dysfunctions at its origin found within the musculoskeletal, neurological, vascular and visceral systems.
The different parts of the body are designed to function together, so if one part or system of the body is restricted, then the rest of the body will be forced to adapt and compensate. This could alter the function of the affected structure, resulting in pain and in the long term possible serious health conditions. Therefore, by improving the movement of restricted areas, it allows the body’s self-healing mechanism to function, thus relieving pain process and providing opportunity for the body to heal itself.
Osteopathy is complementary to conventional medical treatment. Based on its philosophic approach, osteopathy is not only curative but has also a place in prevention. The osteopath always keeps it in mind while treating as well as his in depth knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the human body.
To restore balance between the different systems, the osteopath uses different approaches according to the patient’s age, sex, presenting complain, medical history and personal history.
Who is it for ?
Osteopathy is of great benefit at any age:
For a baby, a long or short birth can be problematic and cause issues in particular concerning the head. If intervention is required, as in the case of a caesarean section, a forceps delivery or a vacuum extraction, then these stresses are increased further. If the birth issues are not fully fixed, the parents can start to notice certain signs such as: irritability, colic, sleeping problems, feeding problems or recurring infections.
For children and teenagers
For children and teenagers, as they grow, problems may arise due to earlier dysfunctions, as a result of trauma or as their body adjust to physical and postural demands. Minor problems, if left untreated, may lead to problems later in life.
For pregnant women
As the baby grows in the uterus, the mother’s posture changes every day. This can lead to a variety of aches and pains like back pain, heartburn or morning sickness. Treatment in pregnancy is very gentle to respect the physiology that keeps adapting.
The objective is to prevent as much as possible muscle and joint injuries, but also to improve performance and recovery. It is highly recommended to regularly consult an osteopath to fully enjoy the sport. Many unbalances occur in athletes varying in symptoms ranging from simple contracture to chronic pain, impairing their performance.
The osteopath can also help with back pain (cervical, dorsal and lumbar), joint pain (knee, hip, wrist), sciatica, mobility problems, walking difficulties , headaches, dizziness, sleep disorders, intestinal disorders, or in support of degenerative diseases associated with pain.