Definition and Principle

Montreal Osteopath Definition and principle

DEFINITION

Osteopathy is a hands-on therapy for treating acute and chronic conditions. The goal is to help to promote good health and wellness.
Osteopathy is built on philosophical principles, evidence-based science and the art of touch and palpation.
It addresses a large spectrum of individuals from babies, children, adults, pregnant women to the elderly.

PRINCIPLE

The body is a unified whole.

All parts of the body are connected to each other with muscles, ligaments, organs and fascias.
As soon as one part of the body is disturbed, it can impact the most distant part of the body from the site of the original problem e.g. a sprained ankle could lead to neck pain.

The musculoskeletal structure and the physiological processes of the body are closely interdependent on each other. When an area of the body becomes stiff and looses mobility it can impact on on this region’s role in maintaining good health e.g. if the colon is not moving properly, that could be the original cause of irritable bowel syndrome.

The body has its own self regulatory mechanism

In order to have an efficient healing mechanism, our cells must receive adequate nutrients, stimulation and energy to be able to regenerate and also rid themselves of metabolic waste. In order to do this the blood and lymphatic distribution must be free and any blockage or compression in the surrounding tissue will impair the circulation.

The nervous system will also participate in this self regulatory mechanism. Any compression on the path of the peripheral nerve will diminish nerve stimulation necessary to the health of the nervous system.

STRUCTURAL ADJUSTMENT

This includes any musculo-skeletal part, the organs and cranium. An adjustment reduces tension and facilitates better circulation and adequate nervous stimulation.

Technics

The technics used by an osteopath are hands on, they are very precise and pain free and have proven scientificly evidencef results and health benefits.

• Osteo-articular mobilization technic
• Oscillatory technic
• Muscle energy technics
• Craniosacral technics
• Sport massage
• Visceral technics

Most common complaints

• Backache
• Shoulder pain
• Herniated disc
• Neck pain
• Digestive problems
• Urinary problems
• Respiratory issues
• Pregnancy