WHAT IS IT AND WHAT IS USED FOR?
Osteopathy is an art, a science and a technique to diagnose and treat the human body dysfunctions using the hands
Osteopathy means “global human body treatment”, it is a welfare approach developed by Andrew Taylor Still in 1892, from a diagnosis and treatment system focus on the mechanics and structure problems of the body. It is based on the believe that the bones, the muscle, the joints and the connective tissue not only have the evident function of being part of our body, but also develop a central role in the health maintenance.
Actually, in Spain, the Osteopath is a previously certified professional in Physiotherapy who chooses to follow his education in the field of osteopathic medicine.
The official education of an Osteopath can be studied only in certain schools accredited.
This formation is developed over several years, depending of the school and its academic calendar, the time can vary but not less than 4 years..
Therefore, the Osteopath is a widely formed therapist that continues with his studies in Osteopathic Medicine through the years.
In 1962, in the United States the equivalence between D.O y M.D (Medical Doctor) was decreed. In Canada, Japan, Australia, England and countries under the Anglo influence, the Osteopathy officially coexist with other health professions, doctors, physiotherapists, chiropractors, etc. In the continental Europe, several countries like France, Belgium, Norway, Switzerland, Germany, have adopted the independent study format between 4 and 5 years, but coexist with complementary models for the Doctors and Physiotherapists, who accomplish 1500 hours of formation approximately. of complementary formation
The special circumstance in Spain is that in the last twenty years, the Osteopathy development has made great progress thanks to high curricular level schools internationally recognized for their contribution to the osteopathic science knowledge that exclusively admits Physiotherapists. In our clinic, we have received the information through the Osteopathy School of Madrid (Based on the BSO) with more of 1500 hours of studies made in 5 years.
TREATMENT AND PRINCIPLES
The Osteopathic treatment consists in treating the dysfunctions, the hyper or hypo mobility that can be found in the spine, the joints, the nervous system, the muscular system, the viscera, the skull. Seeks to recover the lost of corporal balance, reactivating its healing mechanism with diverse therapeutic techniques: joints manipulation, muscle energy techniques, mobilization, stretching, HVLT, functional, and many others.
No treatment is the same and must always follow a personal approach.
The osteopathy is based in that every body system work together, are related, and therefore the disorders in system can affect the functionality of others. That’s why it is a holistic practice. The osteopathic manipulation treatment consists in a system of techniques oriented to ease the pain, function restore and promote the health care and welfare.
Osteopathy can be divided into 3 main parts:
Addressed to the musculoskeletal system, where we apply adapted techniques to each dysfunction, each tissue, each patient, occurring during the treatment session, an ongoing analysis by the osteopath about which technique to apply.
The visceral manual techniques help to release adhesions, myofascial retraction that interrupt in the flow of mobility, giving the body a more useful, productive and healthy functional basis.
Manual techniques that release and help to the micro mobility of the skull and the whole craniosacral relationship through meningeal membranes and the role of cerebrospinal fluid.
The first osteopathy session includes a complete examination: history, posture inspection, tissues and joints palpations, active and passive mobility tests, orthopedic and neurological tests, radiological examination and laboratory test.
The osteopathic examination will show all mechanical musculoskeletal disorders, craneal and visceral system. After this careful, precise, complete and global evaluation the Osteopath will establish the lesional chain of the patient.
The Osteopath will apply a range of technique adapted to an osteopath diagnosis previously established
WHICH PROBLEMS CAN BE TREATED WITH THE OSTEOPATHY?
Osteopathy is primarily indicated for
- Pain from the joints, neck, waist, back.
- Digestive problems like hiatal hernia, chronic constipation, ulcers.
- Headache, migraine.
- Lordosis, scoliosis, kyphosis and all the posotural problems.
- Dizziness and vertigo
- Jaw joints problem and temporo-mandibular joint (TMJ)
- Sports injuries (sprain, dislocations, muscle tears)
- Postoperative pain
- Colic in infants
- Behavioral problems in children (hyperactive children)
- Pains in pregnancy