“Health is the objective and subjective state of well-being that is present when the physical, psychological, and social aspects development of a person is in harmony with her/his own possibilities, goals, and prevailing living conditions.” (Klaus Hurrelmann)
Health is thus the balance of physical and mental functions. The basis of the osteopathic idea is that the human body has a natural tendency to maintain this balance. It has several regeneration processes which are referred to as self-healing powers.
When the balance is compromised the body begins to build up compensation patterns in order to remain functional. If left untreated this continues until the possibilities for compensation are exhausted. Thereafter, discomfort and complaints occur. It may lead to blockages, limitations and loss of functions which can induce or encourage disease and ailments or can persistently maintain them.
is a purely manual form of therapy, which aims to detect malfunctions of the
body, to feel and to resolve them, in order to enable the body to activate its
self-healing potential. It may be used as an independent form of therapy or can
also be a useful complement to conventional medical treatment. Indications for osteopathic
treatment can be found in most diseases, because it is almost always, according
to the above mentioned definition, an expression of compromised interactions of
the body systems.
course osteopathy has its limits! In acute, life-threatening emergencies,
infectious diseases, tissue defects (for example, bone fractures) and
psychological diseases osteopathic treatment is not indicated. Also for severe
pathologies such as tumors a specialist should be consulted. However, even then
osteopathy can potentially be a useful complementary therapy. This can be coordinated with your doctor.
the body structure depends on movement, it is important to supplement osteopathic
treatment by offering active exercises as part of physiotherapy.
discuss if osteopathic treatment would be beneficial to you, please contact me!