What is osteopathy

Life is Motion – Motion is Life

The basic premise of osteopathy is “Life is Motion – Motion is Life”.

If a part of the body is not working properly, then its motion will be limited.

An osteopath recognizes and treats such problems with trained fingers, which are sensitive to touch and pressure. With the additional detailed knowledge of human anatomy and physiology, an osteopath is able to help the body move naturally again.

Once a body part is able to move freely again, then its circulation improves and the self-healing forces can work normally again.

The primary focus of osteopathy is not to look for sickness or limitation, but to look for free-flowing movement and health.

In the words of Andrew Taylor Still, founder of osteopathy:
“Anybody can find sickness, but to find good health is the goal of an osteopath”

When does osteopathy make sense

Basically, it is possible to treat every living tissue. This means that people of all ages and constitutional types can be successfully treated.

The 3 pillars of osteopathy

1. The human is an inseparable whole

Bones, muscles, tendons, nerves, inner organs and all other bodily tissues are in interactive contact with one another. A harmonious collaboration among these tissues allows the body to work as a whole. If one of the tissues is not functioning well, then other parts of the body will also be disturbed – they will get out of balance and get sick.

2. Structure and Function mutually influence each other

The function of an organ determines its structure and vice versa. For example, if a muscle is used a lot, then it will grow. If the muscle is no longer used, then its structure will deteriorate.

This principle applies to all tissues of the human organism, also to bones, inner organs, etc. Osteopathy gets rid of functional problems by helping tissues and structures get back to their natural movement. This allows body parts and their functions to work again correctly.

3. Each body is able to heal itself because it contains self-healing powers

The human organism has been equipped with amazing self-healing powers. There are many processes in the body that keep the organism in balance or return it to a healthy state. Osteopathy ensures that the self-healing mechanisms of all the different tissues are functioning as well as possible, by ensuring that each individual tissue functions properly.

Where can osteopathy help

During and after pregnancy
Back pains, water retention, nursing problems, nipple infections, etc.

Babies and young children
3-month colic, screaming babies, sleeping disorders, teething, neurodermatitis, milk crust, poor posture, developmental disorders, etc.

Musculoskeletal system
Joint problems, spinal disorders, posture problems, whiplash, etc

Female and male issues
Menstruation and menopause problems, prostate problems, incontinence, abdominal pains, potency problems, etc.

Ear, nose and throat
Sinus infections, middle ear infections, dizziness, sore throat, pain when swallowing, angina, ear and hearing problems, tinnitus, etc.

Internal medicine
Digestion problems, problems swallowing, heart burn, bronchitis, asthma, circulatory problems due to high cholesterol, etc.

Headaches, migraines, concentration difficulties, excessive sweating, etc.

Exhaustion, sleeping disorders, depressions, etc.

Grinding of teeth, occlusion, tooth alignment, etc.

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Peter Twigt

Osteopath D.O. MSc. in Ost. med. and certified Physiotherapist