Osteopathy. What is, Types and how it benefits to you

Osteopathy is a developed alternative therapy in the century XIX, which is used nowadays as a solution to different pathologies associated from the pain. It is recognized by the World health organization (the WHO) as a discipline pertaining to the medicine and in countries as England and France, it is distributed in universities. 

The philosophy of osteopathy is based on looking for the cause of the problem instead of to treat the group of symptoms by all means and, to avoid the chemical drug use for the lightening of any disease.

Different types from osteopathy exist; each specific somewhere of the body and tackles with himself the problems that appear. Next we will explain to you in detail what is osteopathy and which are their types.

What is and why it serves

Osteopathy consists of a set of techniques that are based on the knowledge and understanding of the physiology, biomechanics and anatomy of the human body. This therapy focuses in the mechanical and structural problems that the patient presents, specializing in the search of the origin of the pain, instead of only treating it.

This alternative method sees the body as a unit, where all parts are interconnected by means of the structure of muscles, bones or the visceral system. Starting off of this, it leaves one the bases of osteopathy where it is considered that the bony structure this matched with all the functions of the organism and has an effect beyond the motor thing.

The medical instructors of osteopathy, calls osteopaths are in charge to manipulate the bony structure of the patient, but not in search of some physical change but an impact at organic and internal level. By means of this technique, if it is possible to be called manipulative, different and infinite types of diseases treat where the pain is a common denominator.

He can be used in multiple upheavals and physiological alterations such as:

  • Chronic constipation
  • Dizziness
  • Sport injuries
  • Dolores post surgeries
  • Scoliosis
  • Hyperactivity
  • Insomnia
  • Problems of learning

Types of Osteopathy

As we commented you at the home of the article, osteopathy presents several divisions for its study and treatment.

Main ones exist three, nevertheless today we will include one fourth that is related to paediatrics, a method very common and very used in the medicine of nowadays.

Structural osteopathy

This type concentrates in seeing the body as a unit and know all the muscular and skeletal system there. Its belief is that all these structures (bones, muscles and joints) must be in perfect alignment to maintain the healthy body and in balance.

As it leaves from the structural study of osteopathy, also we can find all it relations to sinews, white weaves or ligaments; this with the purpose of to analyze and to correct some alteration that these systems present. Thanks to this, its main approach is to modify any disfunctionality that is related to some structure indicated above.

Visceral osteopathy

Its study concentrates in the vital organs and guts such as the stomach, the reproductive system or the pancreas. The idea is to improve its function and mobility with the purpose of to correct any alteration of some of the organs.

This is handled by means of the stimulation of the guts once has been detected the fault by an osteopath.

Cranial osteopathy

As its good name the specific thing, focuses in the study and treatment of all that with the cranial structure and central nervous system. The use of this technique is ideal to improve the mobility of cerebrospinal fluid.

The structure of the skull is done in its totality of bones, which present sutures as well and by these the cerebrospinal fluid moves. When there is a regular activity of this liquid, everything is well, but at the time of it turns with an alteration begin to appear pathologies as microphones, vertigos and problems of position that affect to the body in their totality. The osteopath will perceive any alteration in its rate and it will be in charge to realise any correction that this needs.

Paediatric osteopathy

The childbirth is not simple thing, as much for the mother as for the baby who is being born. The stress that entails all the process, generates structural changes in the body of the newborn baby due to the pressure that is exerted in all directions.

One of the zones that more exposed under pressure are seen during the childbirth is the head. This can generate different pathologies as tension in the membranes, which to future can become cranial scoliosis or problems if it does not treat in time.

Paediatric osteopathy is a modality that has been implemented for or time and is carried out by physiotherapists and osteopaths, which use the same techniques manuals but adapted children and you drink.

The mission of the osteopath is to release the tensions generated during the birth thus to recover the balance of all the systems; especially skull and body. This diagnostic problems in the mobility of the small one analyzing different weaves from the body, starting off treatment will be begun there.

History of Osteopathy

Osteopathy is born from the mind of Andrew Taylor Still, son of a Methodist shepherd born in 1828 in Virginia. Still was a man very influenced by the religion and spirituality, becoming addict to the philosophy and science.

Everything began with the lost one of three of its children due to an epidemic of meningitis happened in 1864. From there, with a total deception of the medicine, it decided search a new method that serves to treat and to prevent the pain in its patients.

A.T. Still had practiced during long time the conventional medicine, having used analgesic, plasters, etc. and noticed that they did not improve if they did not take the medication. From that moment it left the orthodox medicine and one seted out to put in treatment his philosophy.

As of 1880 it begins to use the term osteopathy that come from Greek €œosteon€ and €œphatos€ that means bone and to suffer. Still I create a detection system and treatment, based in which the woven bones and suffer by the diseases and of there set out two aspects:

  1. To treat any physical pain as as much mental, by means of the manipulation and normalization of the corporal structures.
  2. To avoid the bad habits to come up you disorder at spiritual, emotional and mental level.

The success of this theory bore fruits when in 1892 it obtains the first official permission to be able to aperturar an osteopathy school. The course only lasted some months, but for the 94 it was of two years and for 1900 already they were more 700 students enrolled in its classrooms.

The schools went away distributing throughout all the country and for 1899, Still publishes its famous book €œPhilosophy of osteopathy€. Later it begins to undergo health problems and dies in 1917 of a ACV. From that then, their philosophy and ideology continue having weight and is studied in universities throughout Europe.

Contraindications

Osteopathy is an excellent alternative method for diseases of low risk. Inclusively one has been that it is very good for dermatological problems, nevertheless has his contraindications when we spoke of more serious subjects.

The conventional medicine cannot be replaced if you are in an emergency that needs urgent medical care. With this we talked about a:

  • Thoracic pain that nonimprovement in 20 minutes
  • Thoracic pain accompanied by vomits and vertigo
  • Lack of breathing
  • Severe and sudden abdominal pain

Any pain that appears of the anything must be checked and be treated by a conventional doctor.

In the case of other pathologies, the use of osteop¡ticas techniques due to its null effect is contraindicated on the disease or because it can put in risk the patient. This appears in cases as:

  • Fractures
  • Open wounds
  • Metastasis
  • Acute infection
  • Cervical rheumatoid arthritis

Osteopathy we included it within traditional alternative the medicine category applied to the body. In this category also you can find:

€“ Yoga

€“ Chiropractics

€“ Massage

€“ Tai chi

€“ Reflexology

€“ Ozone therapy

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Frequent questions

What is does osteopathy and why serve?

Osteopathy consists of a set of techniques that are based on the knowledge and understanding of the physiology, biomechanics and anatomy of the human body. One focuses in the mechanical and structural problems that the patient presents, specializing in the search of the origin of the pain, instead of only treating it. To read more on osteopathy

What is an osteopath?

An osteopath is the professional who studies and applies osteopathy in patients to cure his ailments of different types. To read more on osteopathy

When created was osteopathy?

Osteopathy is born from the mind of Andrew Taylor Still, son of a Methodist shepherd born in 1828 in Virginia. Still was a man very influenced by the religion and spirituality, becoming addict to the philosophy and science. To read more on osteopathy

What is a physiotherapist?

A physiotherapist helps you to return to a state and better condition after a disease or injury that has caused physical difficulties of a type or another one. To read more on osteopathy

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