Osteopathy is becoming increasingly popular, and its undeniable benefits are being increasingly recognizes regardless of age and physical condition of people. This alternative medicine uses the body’s natural tendency to regain balance and recover.

The word “osteopathy” derives from the Greek osteon osteopathic (bone) and pathos (disease), and manual therapy is a method to balance the musculoskeletal and visceral structures in the body. The osteopath gently works on the joints (bones, ligaments, tendons, etc.), viscera (liver, stomach, bladder, intestines, etc.), vessels, lung and nervous system, muscles, fascia, etc. The body is thus treated as a whole, tends to self-correction and self-healing.

A little History of Osteopathy

Osteopathy was founded in 1874 by an American doctor Andrew Taylor Still. From concepts derived mainly from the ancient Greek and Egyptian medicine, Dr. Still formulated the assumption that structure governs function. The idea was that the preservation of health involves a balance of the skeleton, because the latter in turn provides the proper functioning of the nervous, muscular and circulatory systems. The, A student of Still, John Martin Littlejohn started the British School of Osteopathy in 1918 in London.

The locomotor system allows movement, and therefore life. Its dysfunction can have a major effect on the physiology of the body. Everything we do is expressed by our neuromusculoskeletal system. Thus, according to this conception of the human body, all other systems are designed to serve this wonderful system.

Osteopathy has evolved since its inception, although the basic concepts remain unchanged. The techniques are refined and new trends have emerged, including Craniosacral osteopathy by William Garner Sutherland, a student of Still.

The Craniosacral Therapy

Craniosacral therapy helps to remove obstacles that the physiological system does not balance. The occiput and the sacrum have a rhythm, these two bones form a couple biodynamic called the craniosacral motion. When this rhythm (primary respiratory motion) is disturbed, the body and its various functions are affected because they are impacted.

The osteopath, by its action of manual sweet smells of specific movements in the skull is empowered to determine the quality and magnitude of these. When a brain is well supplied with flow control functions and body movements, we can understand the whole point of this specificity of osteopathy, which supports and stimulates the vital force.

The Unity of the Human Structure

The neuromusculoskeletal system is a real book that osteopathic reads with his eyes and hands. The exercise requires excellent knowledge of anatomy, physiology and biomechanics, as a disturbance of the equilibrium point of the body leads to imbalances in distance, so a chain reaction. In fact, an “osteopathic lesion” locally may remain silent, but speak in other remote parts of the body, where the role of the osteopath will be identified. The secondary lesions usually normalize themselves after the treatment of this primary lesion.

The purpose of this system is variable according to our movements. For example one moment we are sitting, the next moment, we run not to miss an appointment. Our metabolism speeds up. The heart, lungs, muscles and glands increase their activity. All these changes are controlled by the autonomic nervous system whose centers are located in the spinal cord, brainstem and brain.

It is therefore not surprising that osteopathy, which focuses specifically on this system, is gaining more and more followers. It is used to get in shape, relieve pain, then resume its normal activities, improve fitness and mental health… in short, to regain the balance and joy.

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