Osteopathy

Osteopathy is a holistic (whole body) treatment, based on the principles of the American physician Dr. Andrew Taylor Still, where the therapist exclusively uses his hands for diagnosis and therapy.

The objective of osteopathic treatment is to correct limitations of mobility of structures, tissue, body fluids and energetic processes, and to restore physical and mental well-being.

What can I expect during treatment?

The therapist will start with a thorough diagnostic conversation. Then he will evaluate areas or systems of the body in various positions, and their connected structures.  He also may apply various tests to find out about any neurological, vascular, lymphatic or physical relevance; and a further assessment and consultation will follow. The treatment itself is generally pain-free. Through several manual techniques your therapist will detect and adjust limitations and malfunctions in mobility, and activate the body’s ability to heal.

The integrated approach

Several forms of therapy, such as osteopathy and acupuncture, can be combined to optimize the therapeutic outcome.

How long does a treatment session last?

While it takes time to give your body the chance to regenerate and recuperate, you may plan around 1 hour for an osteopathic treatment session.

The recommended number of sessions will vary depending on your individual condition. Many times, due to the clarification of the cause and appropriate treatment, you can expect surprisingly fast but lasting results.

An overview of the most important osteopathic techniques:

Muscle Energy Technique:
The patient is directed to use his or her muscles from a precise position and in a specific direction against a counterforce applied by the physician to restore motion and muscle balance.

Myofascial Release and Soft-Tissue Technique
The restrictive barrier is engaged to achieve free movement of dysfunctional muscles, tissue and fasciae.

Manipulation with / without impulse:
Used to restore joint mobility, readjustment of sensory nerve reflexes, and to reposition vertebrae and organs.

Counterstrain:
The patient is moved passively away from the restricted motion barrier toward the position of greatest comfort.

Cranial / Craniosacral Osteopathy:
Can perform a healing influence on the entire organism proceeding from the cranial bone, the central nervous structures, the cerebrospinal fluid and the spinal cord fluid.

Visceral Osteopathy:
Relieves imbalances and restrictions of individual organs and surrounding tissue, caused by pressure and tension on ligaments, capsules and tissue, manipulations can potentially improve the functioning of individual organs.

What illnesses and conditions respond well to osteopathy?

  • Headaches
  • Migraine
  • Dizziness
  • Tinnitus
  • Jaw Joint Disorders
  • Misalignment of the head joint / atlas
  • Cervical Vertebra Syndrome
  • Neck pain 
  • Whiplash injuries 
  • Shoulder-Arm Syndrome
  • Joint restrictions
  • Joint pain
  • Vertebral blockage
  • Rib misalignment
  • Prolapsed disc 
  • Disc protrusion
  • Post surgical pain
  • Arthrosis
  • Digestive disorders
  • Pelvis malposition
  • Lower Back Pain
  • Nerve compression 
  • Pain and injuries of hip, knee and feet 
  • Overuse Syndrome
  • Scar conditions
  • Adhesions