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Man is a unified being with three faces: body, movement and soul.

Osteopathy is a school of healing, teaching us that the body is an organism with its own biomechanical and biodynamic regularities. Within, there is a structural, functional and emotional interrelationship, which is coordinated according to the body’s abnormal state or the development of disease.

Osteopathic treatment involves the use of manual techniques within the framework of the philosophies and concepts of osteopathy. Osteopathy was founded in 1874 by Dr Andrew Taylor Still, a surgeon, who used the hand’s exposure to the body, enveloping it and applying the healing force of nature (vis medicatrix naturae). Thusly, he began the development of a new field. It is practiced by doctors, who acquire a further knowledge of structural diagnostics of functional dysfunctions, the development, regularities and treatments for various biomechanical and biodynamic dysfunctions, in order to better patients’ health and overall quality of life.

portretsAndrew Taylor Still (1828 - 1917)

He defined that the manifestation of life is movement. Different parts of the organism function and move in a harmonic balance, thus achieving the balancing of its systems and functions. With the presence of any congestions, scarring, blockage or movement restrictions, this balance is disrupted and disease is allowed to develop.

Dr A.T. Still believed that osteopathy reduces the necessity of drug and surgical intervention. However, osteopathy does not rule out these forms of treatment, but rather improves upon them.

The goal of osteopathic treatment is to apply previously acquired treatment methods, as well as well as abate the use of these methods whenever possible.

Upon the use of osteopathic techniques, strength is applied from the outside and the body can make corrections on its own from the inside. The practice of osteopathic techniques involves the use of the organism’s inner self-correctional abilities to achieve a lower imbalance of tissue distension. There are a number of methodologies in osteopathy that stimulate the self-healing and self-regulatory abilities of the body.

 

Many different types of forces and techniques are utilized within osteopathy:

  • HVLA – high velocity, low amplitude;slide
  • low velocity, low amplitude;
  • muscle energy techniques;
  • tissue balance techniques;
  • different approximation and balancing techniques for tissue distension;
  • muscle – tissue strain relief techniques;
  • visceral techniques;
  • cranio-sacral techniques;
  • fluid movement stimulating techniques;
  • biodynamic techniques;
  • energetic techniques

Main areas of osteopathic practice:

  • structural osteopathy;
  • cranio-sacral osteopathy;
  • visceral osteopathy;
  • fascial osteopathy

When treating a patient, it is unfeasible to work using only one specific area of those given. At times, a subtle shift even happens from one form of osteopathy to another. The human being is a single organism and functions as a unified, self-regulatory structure, constantly reacting to the influence of external factors.

Osteopathy is a comprehensive system of diagnostic and therapeutic measures based on the studies of anatomy and physiology, as well as the prevention and curing of disease.

The practice of osteopathy involves methods designed to relieve congestion, concrescence and blockage through the rebalancing of the organism. Because of this, osteopathy is a wonderful form of prophylactic medicine.

  1. G. Sutherland – the founder of cranial osteopathy
  2. G. Sutherland defined that a living, human skull is not a rigid, joint bone, but rather a complicated compound of living “islands” of bone marrow floating in fluid, connected by a moving (albeit not expansible) membrane.

The general characteristics of osteopathy and its place in medicine.

Osteopathy is a special medical field. It involves the use of complicated manipulative methods by the sensitivity of a specialist’s touch. This is acquired during the training process of the microstructural dysfunction diagnostics and treatments of the human organism.

There are different types of linkage within the human organism. They differ from each other by the level of movement. Every structure has a specific level of movement and if disrupted, the organism experiences functional changes.

Within the treatment of health issues, osteopathy and allopathy represent two mutually complementing methods. One of the advantages of osteopathy is its ability to eliminate a disease in its first stages and, with special diagnostic methods, determine functional disruptions and symptoms, which have not manifested clinically.

Both in society and in medical circles, osteopathy is either hardly known or mistakenly branded as “vertebral manipulation” and the application of force on the joints.

The main results from osteopathic treatment:

  • a prompter return of working abilities;
  • decreased disability;
  • renouncement of inpatient treatment and surgical involvement
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