What is osteopathy ?
Osteopathy is a natural diagnostic and therapeutic science based on a precise knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the human body. The practice of osteopathy, wich is manual only aims to highlight dysfuctions of motion of the tissues causing impaired health.
It is a practice that considers the patient as a whole, wich means that all systems are explored: musculoskeletal system (joints, muscles) digestive, nervous, gynecological, endocrine systems but also psychological, emotional state of the patient.
Osteopathy is a complementary therapy. It is not a substitute for medical care, especially in the case of pathology. On the other hand, it can be a good complement to optimize medical care. In the case of a pathology or problematic outside the scope of osteopathy or requiring specialized advice, your osteopath will redirect you to the appropriate practitioner.
My vision of osteopathy
Beyond the natural and global aspect (taking charge of the patient’s entire body) of osteopathy, it is important to situate the role of the osteopath. For me, the osteopath is in the interval often abandoned by the medical team between the healthy patient (painless, without complaints) and the pathological patient (complaint and medical diagnosis with compelling additional tests). In short, many patients have pain, a complaint, but no medical examination reveals a pathology. Our modern society is full of examples of this type: lumbagos, stiff neck, various joint pains, sports pain, functional colopathies, digestive discomfort, headaches, stress, etc …
It is essential to change the way we think about a person’s health. An individual should not be considered as a sick (“broken down”) or healthy organism, but as an organism that must be taken care of on a daily basis and be listened to, because functional signals such as a small daily discomfort can ultimately lead to an organic problem (pathology, visible alteration of the body’s components).
Osteopathy is meant to fulfill this function. The osteopath must seek to respond to the patient’s complaint by working on the different systems of the human body but also, if necessary, on the patient’s environment and way of life. This will be attained by preventive care and advice (osteopathic care does not stop at the end of the session !).
How does a consultation go ?
The first stage of the consultation consists of a precise interrogation and of medical tests if necessary. This will give the direction of the session and determin if there are contraindications to the practice of osteopathy (according to the Huppocratic oath, “first of all do not harm” – Primum non nocere –).
The second stage will consist of specific tests where the osteopath finds through palpation the dysfunctional areas of the body.
The third stage is the treatment itself. The osteopath will choose the most appropriate techniques according to the results of his tests but also according to the age, morphology and history of the patient. The correction techniques are applied in such a way as to be as comfortable as possible and use the inherent mobility of each tissue.