Fundamental principles of osteopathy

Osteopathy is based on the thinking that a human body is one whole where structure (anatomy) and function (physiology) are inseparable and interrelated. According to osteopathic philosophy, the body already has everything it needs in order to sustain health – one only has to awaken the inherent capacity for self-regulation. That is why osteopaths work without recurring to medication.

Osteopathy – safe and effective treatment with a long-term and lasting result.


How osteopaths reveals a disease?

Osteopaths diagnose by hand, using their fingers the particular sensitivity, which are specially trained. 


What osteopaths treat?

Osteopaths do not treat the dysfunction present in the body at any given moment. They treat the patient as a whole facilitating the state of optimal health. This is why osteopathic medicine helps at any age and at any stage of life. People tend to think that osteopathic treatment is used for degenerative disc and bone diseases, back pain, headaches of different origins. But osteopathy has a much wider scope of application. It includes neurology, orthopedics, traumatology, sports medicine, neonatology, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, internal diseases, etc. Osteopathy plays a very important role in disease prevention.


What happens during examination?

Before examining you, the osteopath will study your medical history and ask you many questions. You doctor may be interested in even minor trauma, injuries, surgeries, scars and infections. Then he/she will carefully examine your body from head to toe, and use the necessary technique to solve your specific problems.


What osteopathic treatment involves?

Osteopathy is a “soft” treatment method done manually without using any medication. Only soft touch and very slight, hardly perceptible shifting of the tissues. Some of them may seem already familiar if you have been on consultation at manual therapist. But every patient will have individualized treatment after examining his/her condition even if diagnosis are similar.


Combining osteopathy with other naturopathic remedies

Osteopathy can be successfully combined other methods of naturopathic medicine: homeopathy, physiotherapy, needle therapy, etc. Physical exercise is an important follow-up of osteopathic treatment. Since osteopathy treats the reason of the disease, and not its symptom, the likelihood of relapse is minimal. However, in order to remain in good health it’s necessary to maintain a healthy lifestyle, follow the doctor’s recommendations and come for a correction treatment every once in a while.


See also – What can be treated with osteopathy?

Consulting: osteopath Inese Arija Rusele.

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