Andrew Taylor Still, physician, priest, called this new "art of healing", Osteopathy, 140 years ago in the United States.
Osteopathy is a holistic concept that respects the person’s body, emotions, soul and spirit. It is a gentle therapeutic method, that, through manual techniques, makes it possible to detect irregularities in the different systems of the body: articular, muscular, nervous, visceral and body fluids; and normalize them through a delicate and careful treatment method.
Various situations such as stress, accidents, surgeries, emotional problems, can create tensions and blockages in different parts of the body.
Tension in one, or in several systems of the body, can diminish a person's vitality. That can be felt as bad digestion, pain or other symptoms. Vitality, the life force inherent in each individual, expresses itself through the circulation of fluids - blood, lymph and cerebrospinal fluid.
The therapeutic objective is to allow the release and mobility of the muscular and articular systems, of the liquids in general, and offer the possibility of the self-healing process, the inherent vitality, to be manifested. The osteopath, respecting the vitality, the individual rhythm, the patient's inner timing, without applying an "external force" in the form of manipulations, helps to re-establish harmony.
The patient has an active participation, his attention during the treatment and between sessions is essential for his improvement. His awareness in relation to the symptoms and their origin, is the beginning of the healing process.
Osteopathy can be useful in the following situations:
- Back pain
- Joint disorders
- Various blows
- Digestive disorders
- Menstrual disorders
- Respiratory Disorders
- Disorders of the temporomandibular joint
- Sleep disorders
- Crying and vomiting in children
Acute problems or emergencies should be treated immediately by a hospital physician. In these cases osteopathy can be an accompanying treatment.
"Finding health should be the goal of the therapist, anyone can find disease".
- Andrew Taylor Still
"How many want to be relieved of their problems, but do not feel like changing their precious ways of living, of feeling, of thinking and of believing".
- Dr. Viola Frymann D.O.