What is Osteopathy? > General Information

Osteopathy is a medical theory that deals with diagnosis and healing using unique manual therapy techniques. The osteopathic treatment, which complements general medicine, focuses on the causes that create the pain and imbalance in the body.

The human body can withstand life’s challenges under the condition that all body systems function together in harmony. The body has the inherent capacity to maintain balance and repair itself. For various reasons (such as illness, trauma or chronic problems) the function of organs or regions of the body may be impaired; these local problems radiate to nearby organs, and eventually, to the entire body.

The osteopath has the capacity to diagnose the root cause leading to the causal chain of problems and address their source. Injuries to the various systems of the body have one thing in common: the negative impact on mobility, and consequently – on normal body function. This leads, for example, to difficulty and imbalance in the flow of blood and lymph fluid, in respiration, in digestion, and in the secretion of hormones. The osteopathic treatment restores balance and mobility to the affected area and thus generates a chain reaction of improved functioning – a self-healing process.

Osteopathy sees a close connection between the body’s structure and the way it would function.

Osteopathy is a touch therapy in which the therapist’s hands constitute the main means of treatment, excluding instruments or drugs. Diagnosis is performed through observation and palpation of the problematic tissues and organs; the palpation reveals subtle differences in stiffness and flexibility, temperature, mobility, texture and moisture. The therapist might use medical tests such as X-rays, CT scans and blood tests. During treatment, the osteopath will use his hands to apply moderate pressure and to gently stretch, mobilize and manipulate body parts in order to loosen rigid and immobile regions, restore regular function, and stimulate a recovery process. The osteopath’s ability to do so is not incidental, it is the result of a skillful and educated command of human anatomy and physiology.

Osteopathy ascribes importance to a healthy lifestyle suitable to the patient’s problems. The osteopath will explain to the patient how to keep a proper diet and appropriate exercise, and instruct him how to optimally perform his daily activities at home and at work. Osteopathic treatment is safe and recommended for all ages: infants, children, adults and the elderly. The meticulous diagnosis and in depths examination of each patient, enable the osteopath to provide an individual course of treatment, perfectly suited to the patient’s condition and his medical background.