Osteopathy is a natural medicine that was developed at the end of the 19th century by the surgeon Andrew Taylor Still in the United States. It is defined as a diagnosis and a manual therapy of dysfunctions of joint and tissue mobility. Osteopaths palpate the body to discover, in the organization of the structure, the tensions or imbalances that cause the disorders; then apply manipulations to restore mobility and motility in all tissues of the body, in order to ensure optimal function.
The practice of osteopathy requires a thorough knowledge of the anatomy, the physiological and mechanical functions of the body. Osteopaths integrate current scientific and medical knowledge in order to establish a diagnosis of exclusion and indication through a classic medical questioning to later propose a treatment of functional disorders. Osteopathic therapy consists of an essentially manual treatment, seeking to restore quality and harmony of macro and micro movements of body tissues. This holistic therapy is based on the concept that the human being is a dynamic functional unit within which all the parts are intimately related. Osteopaths use knowledge of the relationships between structure and function to optimize the self-healing and self-healing capabilities of the body.
Osteopathic manipulations also allow the restoration of posture, balance and reduce or eliminate pain. Osteopaths consider that a contraindication to treatment by osteopathic manipulation on one part of the body does not constitute an obstacle to osteopathic treatment on another part. Likewise, the contraindication of a specific technique does not prohibit the possibility of an intervention by a different technique on the same patient. The absolute and relative contraindications of the treatment by osteopathic manipulation are based on the technique used in each particular clinical situation and specific to each patient. Osteopathy can thus help any person suffering from functional disorders.
A persistent functional disorder can sometimes degenerate and become organic. In such a case, it is more coherent to treat minor disorders before they evolve into significant impairments than to treat an exhausted and chronic decompensated organism. Many organic diseases come after functional disorders that have worsened over the years. This evolution has been operated at low noise with acute episodes.
Osteopathy is then a preventive method of choice. Occasionally consulting an osteopath even when you do not feel sick or in certain difficult circumstances of life is a good way to leave the body in the best balance and harmony possible. Always in a context of prevention, it is also recommended that infants be treated by an osteopath, in order to correct any micro-trauma due to childbirth, which could influence the motility of cranial sutures and cause subsequent functional disorders.
The osteopath collects in the first stage the medical information to establish a diagnosis of exclusion and indication for osteopathy: medical images, laboratory tests, etc. It then performs a series of global and specific tests (postural evaluation, mobility and tissue monitoring), as well as fine palpation of the joints, muscles and organs in order to determine the origin of the pain and establish the treatment plan dysfunctions with appropriate osteopathic manipulations.
The patient can then be advised to reevaluate a subsequent visit, which in general will be slightly out of time with respect to the first visit, in order to allow the self-regulation mechanisms to act fully.
The performance of these mechanisms can cover up to one month depending on the state of the person and the context. During this period it will be advisable to hydrate well in order to stimulate the emuntorios to drain the toxins and metabolites. Finally, control and stabilization visits may be necessary in order to avoid any recurrence and to optimize its equilibrium potential.
The advantage of our practice lies in the use of the whole osteopathic therapeutic arsenal and not limit it to a single technique, there are some that may suit some patients, but others do not. In fact, it is fundamental to adapt to each person using the manual therapies that fit each one and also in the possibility of manual intervention.
Our osteopathic diagnosis not only seeks the asymmetries, because we are all asymmetrical and it is totally normal. We look for the imbalances in this asymmetry and the dysfunctional convergences. Then we analyze the facial tissue that causes the imbalance that will guide our treatment
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