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Osteopathy

Osteopathy is a system of evaluation and treatment, with a methodology and philosophy of its own that seeks to restore the function of structures and body systems, acting trough manual intervention (joints, muscles, fascia, ligaments, capsules, viscera, nervous tissue, vascular, lymphatic.

There are three osteopathy areas to work through:

Locomotor:

  • Postural problems
  • Neck pain
  • Twisted neck
  • “neuralgia cervicobraquiais”
  • “dorsalgia”
  • Back pain
  • Sciatica
  • “Cruralgia”
  • “hernias”
  • Periarthitis scapula humeral
  • Muscle pain, etc.

Cranium

  • Headache and migraines
  • Eye problems
  • Ear disorders
  • Sinusitis and rhinitis
  • Temporomandibular joint problems, etc

Visceral System

  • Gastritis
  • Hiatus hernia
  • Intestinal problems
  • Constipation
  • Digestive disorders in connection with the gallbladder
  • Menstrual disorders (dismenorreias, intermestrual syndrome and some other pathologies of the intestinal ball
  • Pains coxis

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Osteopathy originated in the USA, created by Dr Andrew Taylor Still (1828-1917), who presented the fundamental of natural therapy.

This man has shown that the inter-relationship between the musculoskeletal system and the whole body is important to avoid appearing dysfunctions and pathologies. He also discovered the body has a certain capacity for self-healing by means of rebalancing itself. The aim of all osteopaths is to intervene on all dysfunctional somatic mechanisms to find balance, harmony and recover the individual’s health.

Osteopathy is a system of evaluation and treatment, with a methodology and philosophy of its own, which seeks to restore the function of structures and body systems, acting through manual intervention on tissues (joints, muscles, fascias, ligaments, capsules, visceras, nervous tissue, vascular and lymphatic). The validity of osteopathy is so concrete that it is recommended and encouraged by the World Health Organization, as a health practice.

We can define osteopathy as a method of manual treatment of somatic dysfunctions of the human body focusing on the pathological processes that lead to disease: the treatment of structural disorders favors or helps in the treatment of certain diseases.

In osteopathy techniques are used for each specific type of tissue (joint, ligament, muscle, viscera, skull suture.

THERE ARE TWO LARGE GROUPS OF OSTEOPATHIC TECHNIQUES

  1. Structural techniques: Thrust and rhythmic soft tissue techniques.
  • Thrust techniques are used to correct somatic disorders by using low amplitude and high-speed. In these techniques the combination of low movement parameters allows to reduce the strength in order to avoid trauma to the patient’s tissues.
  • Rhythmic techniques are those primarily directed to soft tissues and joints; as stretching, pumping, post-isometric, relaxation, myofascial, etc.
  1. Functional techniques: in order to relax muscles, myofascial pain and inhibit voltage that applied not only in skeletal muscle but also in cranial and visceral.

THERE ARE THREE AREAS OF ACTION OR INDICATIONS IN OSTEOPATHY

  1. Locomotor
  • Postural problems
  • Neck pain
  • Torticollis
  • Neuralgias cervicobraquiais
  • Back pain
  • Sciatica
  • Cruralgias
  • Hernias
  • Scapulohumeral periarthritis
  • Muscle pain
  1. Visceral System
  • Gastritis
  • Hiatus hérnia
  • Intestinal problems
  • Constipation
  • Digestive disorders related gallbladder will
  • Mestrual disorders (Dismenorreias, intermenstrual syndrome, and other pathologies of the genial sphere)
  • Coccyx pain
  1. The skull
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Eye problems
  • Ear disorders
  • Sinusitis and rhinitis
  • Temporomandibular joit problems, etc.

CONTRAINDICATIONS OF MANIPULATIVE TECHNIQUES : bone cancer, inflammatory rheumatism, fractures and dislocations, skeletal malformations, advanced osteoporosis, vertigo vertebrobasilar, paralysis, etc)

OSTEOPATHIC TREATMENT Osteopathy is an overall holistic treatment of the body. Pain and osteopathy.

There is not always a correlation between the segment and osteopathic dysfunction pain area. The painful area results from a hypermobile segment which compensates a hypomobile joint area (hypomobility). This can be locked from above or below the region that represents the symptoms. The treatment of hypomobile areas, joint fixation, allows to decrease the hypermobile compensation, decreasing inflammation and also allowing the disappearance or reduction of pain.

The first osteopathic treatment includes a thorough examination:

  • Anamnesis, posture inspection, palpation of the tissues and joints, tests to mobilize assets and liabilities, orthopedic and neurological tests, radiological examination and laboratory tests provided by the patient.
  • Osteopathic examination will show all the changes of the locomotor mechanics, skull and visceral system. After this thorough evaluation and accurate, complete and overall the osteopath will establish chain lesion of the patient. The osteopath will apply a range of therapeutic techniques adapted to the diagnosis.

The rhythm between sessions depends from one case to another, the treatments are usually carried out every 2-3weeks, except in cases where acute sessions may be carried out more frequently.