Osteopathy is often mistaken for a method to only treat bones and the spine, whereas
in fact, Osteopathy is a holistic approach to support the body in its self healing
process and regain an equilibrium between structure and function. Blockades, which
are areas of lesser mobility and range of movement in any kind of tissue, affect
the function in the tissues and vice versa. It is the Osteopaths goal to detect those
functional disordersand optimise movement and function using exact and subtle manual
techniques.Since all structures in the body are linked, lack of mobilityin one
area is very often compensated in a different area or tissue. Sometimes these compensatory
patterns build up through a longer period of time and result in pain/symptoms.Most
people will therefore not be aware of the problems’ origin but only of the symptom
when it occurs. An Osteopath should be able to track down the origin of the problem
and treat it with individual techniques that all together approach the structural(bones, muscles, fascia), visceral (inner organs, vessels) and craniosacral(liquor
and all other fluidic movement) level.
influenced by our every action.
Osteopathy was founded by Andrew Taylor Still, who was a doctor in America at the
end of the 19th Century. Unsatisfied with the medical possibilities and being at
the mercy of the spreading illnesses at the time, he made it his life’s goal to explore
and support the body’s self regulation and self healing abilities.
In 1917 Dr. Martin Littlejohn, who was Still`s student and brought Osteopathy to
Europe, founded the first European school for osteopathy in Great Britain.
The later developed treatment methods like chirotherapy, cranio-sacral therapy and
rolfing are based on osteopathy.
Structure and function are reciprocally inter-related.
The body is a unit. (The interrelation between all parts of the body is essential.
The Human not only consist of their physical body but also their thoughts, emotions
and spiritual body, and therefore any dysfunction can affect the whole system.)
The “law of the arteries“ (Life has to be nourished and therefore a good circulatory
process is necessary)