In a nutshell, osteopathy treats a person as a whole, without concentrating merely on his or her current ailments.
It was already at the end of the nineteenth century that the American physician, Andrew Taylor Still, laid the foundation for the development of this field, maintaining that osteopathy was a form of improvement of the traditional medicine. In 1892 in the United States, he founded the first school of osteopathy: American School of Osteopathy. At present, osteopathy provides aid in those cases where conventional medicine sometimes fails…
Osteopathy states that the anatomy of the human body and its functions are closely related. As long as they remain in balance, we can enjoy good health.
Osteopath’s task is therefore to manually diagnose and treat human ailments tin order o restore this harmony in the functioning of the whole organism. One does so by focusing on the patient’s current needs in combination with current medical, surgical and obstetric knowledge.
The basic principle of Osteopathy say that:
The human body is a unity
The human body has natural mechanisms of self-healing and self-regulation (maintaining homeostasis)
The structure of body organs and their function affect each other
Proper fluid circulation is a prerequisite for maintaining health
Osteopathy is a medical system, something more than just another form of manual therapy. It focuses on reaching the source of the pain, not just its symptoms. It often turns out then that the dysfunctions of the body diagnosed in this way are a consequence of past injuries, diseases or an inappropriate lifestyle of the patient.
Our emotional and physical balance is affected by many aspects of our lives. Eating habits, movement habits, everyday stressful situations related to professional and personal life as well as a history of injuries in the past – all this affects our health.
By treating man as an inseparable whole, with the use of manual actions, one can restore the normal physiological conditions of tissue movement to activate natural self-healing processes.