What is Osteopathy? > Osteopathic Techniques

Osteopathic treatment is safe and recommended for all ages: infants, children, adults and the elderly.

Osteopathy uses three groups of techniques, each with a different focus.

Structural Osteopathy

Structural Osteopathy techniques treat the musculoskeletal system: joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia – a type of connective tissue. The treatment consists of soft tissue massage, pressure application and stretching, joint mobilization and manipulation. It improves spine and limbs mobility and restores structural compatibility between the muscles and the skeleton so that the blood and lymph fluids could circulate regularly.

The fascia is central to osteopathic theory. This tissue wraps substantial parts of the human body, and under certain conditions it radiates stress and pain from one body part to another. Treatment alleviates pain in the affected area, and the improvement of the connective tissue radiates to other body parts and promotes their healing and normal function.


Visceral Osteopathy

Visceral Osteopathy techniques treat internal organs in order to improve their function. Diagnosis and treatment are performed using palpation and gentle massage of the abdominal and thoracic organs, which affect the autonomic nervous system. Treatment regulates mobility and the internal rhythm of the problematic organ or body part, thus alleviating pain, improving function of the various systems, encouraging the body’s self-healing process, and preventing the radiation of pain to other areas of the body.


Cranio-Sacral Osteopathy

Cranio-Sacral Osteopathy techniques treat the cranial bones. Through an especially gentle and precise treatment, it is possible to improve the mobility of the cranial bones and regulate the pace of their subtle motion. This process promotes tension relief in the outer layer of the brain and improves the flow of cerebrospinal fluid to the sacrum; a change with far-reaching effect on the functioning of the autonomic nervous system and the flow of fluids in the body. Experiments conducted by the developers of the technique in the early 20th century, testified to the effectiveness of this technique. Its effectiveness was also supported by clinical studies conducted over the past decade, which have also proven its effectiveness in patients of all ages.