What is osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a manual facilitated health care approach based on the principle(s) that the body is a dynamic unit in which all parts are interrelated and interdependent and which possesses a self regulatory and self healing mechanism.

Manual
An osteopath uses his fine-tuned sense of touch to feel disturbances in motion within the body-matrix. Health is when the body’s motions (skeletal, muscular, facial, organic,…) are in balance.
Hence the word ‘BioMotions’ (name of my website) or life in motion.
Facilitated
The osteopath is there to aid the perturbed self regulatory and self healing mechanism and relieves through the application of different manual techniques the disturbances of motion. The aim is to enhances vitality and overall functioning of the patient.
Osteopathic Manual Technique (OMT) includes amongst others:
  • Soft-Tissue Techniques
  • Spinal corrections
  • Fascia Therapy
  • Muscle Energy Technique
  • Lymphatic Technique
  • Abdominal Technique
Dynamic unit
The current conventional medicine model is based on the basis that body and mind are split (dualism). In osteopathy body and mind are part of an interrelated and interdependent whole.
Self regulatory and self healing mechanism
The human body is always working to maintain a state of balanced function. For example, blood pressure, blood sugar and the heart rate are actively kept within a normal range. When there is a laceration or tear in the tissues, a physician can assist by cleaning the wound and bringing the edges together, but healing occurs by the action of inherent forces and processes within the body. 1
Dr. A.T. Still (The father of osteopathy) stated, “All the remedies necessary to health exist in the human body.” He understood that within the tissues, there is an inherent wisdom, a wise all-knowing restorative force, an intelligence within every cell that keeps the body well. When a state of discord arises, this healing force acts to restore functional balance and harmony. Sometimes the body’s self-healing forces can be impaired or impeded by disease or structural imbalance. The osteopathic physician is trained to augment these intrinsic mechanisms to help the body to better and more quickly heal itself. 1
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