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What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy is an independent holistic manual treatment method, which is based more and more on medical evidence. It is grounded on the insight that smooth and healthy functions of life are depended on the undisturbed mobility of the body’s structure. Osteopathy promotes and assists the patients self-healing powers through case specifically selected manual osteopathic techniques based on the principles of osteopathy. The inclusion of all human systems (structural/functional, visceral system and craniosacral system) is what gives osteopathy its holistic approach.


Structural/functional system

Dysfunctions of the musculoskeletal system, like spine, joints, muscles, sinews and ligaments, are treated in the structural/functional system of osteopathy. A large number of manual techniques are applied depending on options and individual needs.


Visceral system

Restrictions of mobility of the inner organs and their fixation are examined in the visceral system. If the osteopath finds a restriction of movement in this area, it can be addressed through special techniques. Not only are possible functional impairments of the organ in question solved this way, but also dysfunction in remoter areas, such as the spine. 
A variety of osteopathic manual techniques with different intensity allow for optimal addressing of patients and their present complaints.

Cranio-sacral system

The cranio-sacral system addresses dysfunction of the nervous system, the brain fluid, as well as the osseous and membranous connections of cranium and sacrum. These dysfunctions can be felt and treated.
To do all this, the osteopath requires years of training in hand palpation and good knowledge of anatomy. Techniques used in the craniosacral system are usually very gentle techniques.