Osteopathy is a manual therapy that addresses functional disorders of the human body. Osteopaths use their hands to determine the state of various systems in the human body (articular, visceral, cranial and energy) to work out the right treatment plan.
From a philosophical viewpoint, osteopaths are interested in the primary cause of symptoms, working with the different systems (articular, visceral, cranial, and energy). They establish symptoms within the person by taking a holistic view.
Osteopathy is intended for everyone from birth onwards, to regulate functional disorders.
Immediately after birth, babies may have functional disorders (congenital torticollis, digestive problems, sleep disorders) associated with their previous position inside the mother, delivery by caesarean section, forceps or ventouse, or a difficult birth.
After paediatric examination to exclude organic disease, osteopaths can also find solutions for these symptoms in the infant.
Growing children may have blockages that, given the great ability for adaptation, pass more or less unnoticed until the pain appears years later. Osteopaths work on re-balancing the body, working together with orthopaedic surgeons, paediatricians, physiotherapists, and dentists.
In adults, all functional disorders may present as problems in the musculoskeletal system (including low back pain, lumbago, sciatica, neck pain, and sprains), the visceral system (such as constipation or abdominal pain not related to a specific organ) the uro-gynaecological system (for example, recurrent urinary tract infections or painful periods) and the cranial system (migraine, earache, dizziness, etc.)
Craniosacral osteopathy can relieve conditions such as migraine, chronic sinusitis, recurrent headache, and bruxism (teeth grinding).
It's worth having an osteopathic assessment for a child who needs to have orthodontic treatment. Blockages in the cranial sutures or malposition of the jaw in addition to static problems may affect the success of any orthodontic work carried out.