What is osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a manual therapy recognised by the British Medical Association.
It aims to prevent, diagnose and treat the body's functionnal disorders.
Functionnals disorders are due to imbalance between the different systems of the body (musculoskeletal, neurological, digestive...) caracterized by somatic dysfunctions.
They have to be distinguished from the organic disorders which require allopathic medecine (for example the osteopath can not heal a fracture but can help to restore the limb's mobility after the fracture's healing).
The osteopath treats somatic dysfunctions that can include one or more of the following critera: sensibility, asymmetry of the bony marks, tissue's modification, and mobility's restriction.
The osteopathic approach considers the patient in is globality, including three spheres composing the body: physical, psychic and chemical.
Curative VS Preventive
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 functionnal 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 it enables the patient to get back to his balance and improve his well-being.
Who can consult?
Osteopathy is addressed to both new borns, children, pregnant women, adults and seniors.
Children below 16 years old must be accompanied by their parent or a legal guardian.