What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a touch therapy method that was developed by the American doctor Andrew Taylor Still, in the mid-19st century. The method is based on Western medical knowledge of physiology, anatomy and pathology, combined with philosophy which views the human body as a whole unite when it comes to its function and movement.
A significant premise in the Osteopathic philosophy is that the body is capable of healing itself. The role of the osteopath is to allow the body to reach this potential by improving the posture and movement range of the musculature and the bones, and optimizing the flow of blood and lymph.
The osteopath will diagnose the source of the problem by a series of orthopedic and osteopathic tests while taking in account current symptoms, medical history and past traumas, as well as examining the blood flow and the range of movement in the joints, tendons and ligaments. The treatment itself involves various techniques of mobilizing the joints, releasing soft tissues, stretching the muscles, as well as gentle work on the abdominal organs and the nervous system.
The osteopathic treatment is suitable for all ages and for a wide range of medical problems; including orthopedic pains, migraines, stomach aches, menstrual pains, suckling problems and excessive crying in babies, and more.