Osteopathy is a manual therapy recognised by the British Medical Association.
It aims to prevent, diagnose and treat the body's functional disorders.
Functional disorders are due to an imbalance between the different systems of the body (musculoskeletal, neurological, digestive...) characterized by somatic dysfunctions.
They have to be distinguished from the organic disorders which require allopathic medicine (for example the osteopath can not heal a fracture but can help to restore the limb's mobility after the fracture's healing).
A visceral osteopath treats somatic dysfunctions that can include one or more of the following criteria: sensibility, asymmetry of the bony marks, tissue's modification, and mobility's restriction.
The osteopathic approach considers the patient in its globality, including three spheres composing the body: physical, psychic and chemical.
The osteopath has a double role as the patient can consult both for curative or preventive purpose.
On the curative side, the osteopath treats the different functional troubles that appear when the body can’t adapt anymore to life constraints.
Concerning the preventive side, you don't need to wait for pain to consult your osteopath. A preventive consultation every 3 to 4 months (depending on your condition) can avoid some troubles due to body imbalance and promote self-regulation.
On both sides, the benefits of osteopathy include enabling the patient to get back to his balance and improve his well-being.
Visceral osteopathy and other types of osteopathy are addressed to both newborns, children, pregnant women, adults and seniors.
Children below 16 years old must be accompanied by a parent or a legal guardian.