Osteopathy: Everything You Need to Know


In 1874, Dr. Andrew Taylor Still developed the concept of osteopathy. Of course, then the words “osteopathy” (the art of health management) did not exist, but patients from all over America came to “Still’s treatment”. Later the cabinet was transformed into a clinic. There was the first world “school” (a few years after the founding, more than 700 people have mastered osteopathy).

History of development

In the 1950s, the US Department of Health recognized the American Osteopathic Association. And the final recognition of osteopathy was received only by 1973 – then she entered the US health care system. Since then, Americans are being treated. Europeans are also being treated – first with John Martin Littleton (disciple of Still), and already in the 60s of the 20th century, osteopathic schools existed in France, Belgium, Austria, Germany, etc. Today, osteopathic treatment has spread throughout the world. USA, England, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Israel, Canada, Australia, Argentina, New Zealand, Latvia, Russia and – possibly – Ukraine. In general, there are three areas of illness:

  • structural osteopathy (musculoskeletal);
  • visceral osteopathy (problems of internal organs);
  • cranial osteopathy (head).

The essence of osteopathy

In the basis of osteopathy – a fair knowledge of anatomy and physiology. Plus the sensitivity of the hands of an osteopath (training). Able – by touch – not only to distinguish the organs and tissues of a healthy person (shape, density, temperature) from the organs and tissues of the unhealthy, but also to draw the latter into the first. The goal of osteopathic treatment is to restore balance between all body systems, activate protective forces, increase adaptability and human resistance. Improving the quality of life. Osteopaths proceed from the fact that the human body is a single whole. Violations in the work of one body or system leads to errors in the work of others. Therefore, it is important to find and eliminate the first cause (even if it is not where it hurts) the development of the disease. And then treat not only the “narrowly specialized” organ, but the body as a whole. And do not work on “

How to identify and treat osteopathy

What is extraordinary about osteopathy? Reliable diagnosis (finding out the first cause of the disease). Safe and painless treatment. Treatment without surgery (osteopathy is an alternative). Substitution, or reduction of medication. Short-term treatment (from 4 to 8 sessions – one session in 1-2 weeks).

At  what diseases it is necessary to address to the osteopath

  • Neurology: torticollis, birth trauma of the cervical and skull bones, increased intracranial pressure, encephalopathy, headaches, cerebral palsy, enuresis, speech therapy disorders, osteochondrosis, intervertebral hernia, dizziness, radiculitis, lumbago, neuralgia, trauma consequences …
  • Orthopedics: scoliosis, flat feet, clubfoot, limb deformation, arthrosis, hip dysplasia …
  • Gastroenterology: inflammatory processes of the gastrointestinal tract, biliary dyskinesia …
  • Otolaryngology: sinusitis, frequent colds, tonsillitis, sinusitis … 

Osteopathy and manual therapy. These are different things. Yes, osteopathy uses manual therapy techniques. But not more than that. For the main purpose of manual therapy is to save a person from the symptom of the disease. The goal of osteopathy is to identify, treat the cause and prevent the development of other diseases. Undoubtedly, an osteopathic physician masterfully master hands – because he knows a lot about the human body, and constantly trains his hands. However, you can see for yourself – if you have problems with which you can go to an osteopath.

  • Correction of the figure.
  • Treatment for cellulite.
  • Headache.
  • Getting rid of back pain, lower back.
  • Intercostal neuralgia.
  • Correction of posture.
  • Tightening of the abdomen and thighs.
  • Stress reduction.
  • Rejuvenation of the body.
  • Preparation for childbirth, facilitating the course of pregnancy.


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