There is a strong mechanical connection between the structure of the body and the functions of the different parts of which it consists. In the course of a life, the movement and balance of the structure is altered with consequent dysfunction of the mechanical, neurological and circulatory systems. Osteopathy detects impairment in the spinal column, corrects it and restores natural mobility thanks to unique tools: human hands.
Osteopathic practice requires deep knowledge of human anatomy and physiology as well as the application of specific and very precise manual techniques. The osteopath tailors the planning and execution of treatment to each individual such that the organism can exploit its inherent capacity to rebalance, regulate and repair itself.
It can be said that the osteopath knows the patient through intuition and listening in so much as the body articulates a very specific non-verbal language in which its contractions and imbalances explain its history. It was the American medic and osteopath A.T.Still who developedthe new form of treatment he called osteopathy at the end of the 19th century. Its subsequent diffusion throughout Europe together with the creation of a number of specialist teaching institutions turned it into a stable, officially recognised profession. It was not until late 1998 that the first school of osteopathy was created in Spain under the aegis of the Autonomous University of Barcelona.
Age is not an issue for osteopathy. Everyone from the very young to the old can benefit from it. Osteopathy is appropriate for anyone with impairment of the mechanical, visceral or cranialstructure.
In children, osteopathy is a very effective treatment for conditions such as : spinal deformity, physical disability, hearing problems, behavioural disorders, anxiety or sleep disorders and birth related problems.
It can also be useful for urogynecological conditions: urinary incontinence, irregular and/or painful menstruation, amenorrea, physical problems in pregnancy, uterine displacement (prolapse…), specific infertility, physical rebalancing pre and post delivery, recurrent cystitis, prostatitis etcetera.
Osteopathy has many applications in the sporting arena. These can include supporting training for intense exertion and performance improvement, treatment for sports injuries such as strains, tendonitis and groin sprains, and inflammation from over –exertion. Osteopathy can equally be applied to the orofacial system for disorders such as bruxism, temporomandibular pain, orthodontics, strabismus and sinusitis. It has applications for emotional disturbances as well. For example, it can assist with tension headaches, stress or anxiety related thoracic oppression, breathing difficulties, fatigue and insomnia. Naturally it can also assist with spinal problems, and is particularly effective for lumbago, neck pain, slipped disc, sciatica, joint and muscular pain.
Throughout our lives, everything we do affects the organism. Traumatic injuries fall into two groups:
– physical including accidents, falls and childbirth which affect the bones and joints
– emotional including loss and stress which affect the fibrous and soft tissue.
In order to keep functioning, our body adapts to these injuries, but the adaptations are not always positive. They can cause blockages and reduce movement in the organism forcing greater expenditure of energy than necessary and ultimately provoking inflammation and pain. The aim of osteopathy is to restore the healthy functioning of the body, liberating it from such injury and preventing the occurrence of even more serious dysfunction.