What is osteopathy?
140 years ago the American physician Dr. Andrew Taylor Still recognized and named the principles of osteopathy. Since that time osteopathy has developed continuously, in the USA, as well as in Europe and other parts of the world.
Osteopathy is an independent form of medicine that serves to recognize and treat functional disorders. Osteopathic treatment is performed exclusively with the hands. The patient is seen in his or her entirety – on the one hand, in the unity of body, mind and soul and on the other hand, in his or her physical unity on all levels.
A dysfunction is detected by the therapist’s specially trained sense of touch. The treatment is then carried out using certain osteopathic techniques. By improving the mobility of the corresponding structure, the patient should bring himself back into balance.
However, osteopathy is not limited to the treatment of individual symptoms, but always sees the person as a whole. Therefore no single symptom is treated, but rather a positive result of the treatment of a dysfunction.
Before starting an osteopathic treatment, a thorough orthodox medical diagnosis may be indicated. In many cases osteopathy complements conventional medicine, but does not replace it.