Origin of the Osteopathy
The American doctor Andrew Taylor Still (1828- 1917) was the creator of the osteopathy: he developed a group of manipulation techniques based in exhaustive studies of the human joint anatomy, phisiology and biomechanics, that he called osteopathy. These techniques are the basis of the treatments carried out today.
What is osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a manual, natural and holistic therapy, whose main objective is to rebalance the bone, musculoskeletal and visceral structure. It approaches the patient comprehensively and considers that all alterations in the body structure affect the functions of the said structures, resulting in symptoms (pain, lack of mobility...).
Who is osteopathy addressed to?
An osteopath can apply specific treatments to people of any age according to their needs.
Osteopathy treats currently varied types of pathologies:
What is an osteopathy session about?
The sessions of osteopathy are individual. Each session includes a first exploration phase where the damaged structure is identified by the hands. This phase comprises a whole examination: anamnesis, postural check-up, palpation of the tissues and joints, active and passive mobility tests, orthopaedic and/or neurological tests. Also the radiological and laboratory tests supplied by patient are taken into consideration. The osteopathic examination brings out the alterations in the locomotive system, the cranial ones and of the visceral system. Subsequently, a second more therapeutical phase is carried out, in which manual techniques are applied according to the osteopathic diagnosis. Several osteopathic or functional techniques are used, as well as specific techniques (joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles, viscera or cranial suture).