Osteopathy emphasises the diagnosis of illnesses on the basis of their causes rather than on the basis on their symptoms. More specifically, it addresses issues such as tissue displacement, fluid obstruction, and factors that inhibit the organism’s resources and nutritional value.
The hand, the osteopath’s favoured tool, hears, feels, and perceives differences in tissues. It detects the interaction that is essential to the equilibrium of the human organism and treats the links and connections that bind the constituents of the human body. Thus, treatments provided to a given patient are inevitably different from those administered to another patient who might be treated for the same problem.
Osteopathy: from cradle to grave
More and more people consult osteopaths. The young do so do so out of concern for their health and in order to obtain relief of injuries they suffer in their pursuit of recreational or occupational endeavours. Young parents rely on mild osteopathic techniques adapted to babies and infants to treat problems associated to the skull’s membrane and bones, the sacrum, the back, the limbs, and the abdomen. Older people do so in the interest of their health and out of fear of the secondary effects caused by the medication they take. Some get to the point where they believe they have no choice but to suffer as they get older! Such is not the case. Osteopathy helps them by improving their bodily and vertebral functions, thus allowing them to gain in mobility, vitality, and endurance. It is in aging that one becomes wiser and learns to appreciate the apparent simplicity and effectiveness of osteopathy.