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What is osteopathy? 


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What is osteopathy?

Osteopathy, also known as osteopathic approach is a manual therapy discipline. Its main goal is to help restore the human body's natural equilibrium and harmony. Osteopathy is a discipline based on the anatomy, physiology and biomechanics of the human body. The patient is treated with a global approach, so rather than simply treating the symptom the body is treated as a whole entity. Patients of all ages can benefit from osteopathy. The osteopath, with the use of different techniques, will treat the body on many different levels such as articular, visceral, cranial and fascial. This approach differentiates itself from others because it is aimed at discovering the cause of the problem rather than simply focusing on the symptoms. The key is to keep the different structures of the human body mobile. A loss in mobility causes functional as well as circulatory and/or nervous limitations. This loss in mobility can cause repercussions locally and possibly distally by forcing the body to compensate in other areas in order to maintain its equilibrium. The osteopath's job, therefore, is to make sure that the different elements of the body remain mobile in order to allow the body to function properly and remain healthy.  


Why choose osteopathy?

Osteopathic manual practitioners assess and treat your body as a whole, because:

  • symptoms sometimes show up in a different part of your body from where the problem actually is
  • there may be several factors contributing to the symptoms you experience

Osteopathic treatment is efficient, which helps to minimize the number of visits you need. Practitioners go through many years of training to develop their highly refined palpatory skills.


Here are some examples of conditions and problems that osteopathic manual practitioners can help treat. Note: It is important that you speak with your medical doctor for the complete diagnosis of any medical condition.

Children’s Issues

  • colic
  • spitting up
  • sucking difficulty
  • delayed development
  • birth trauma
  • otitis media


  • neck pain
  • back pain
  • sciatica
  • headaches and migraines
  • jaw pain and TMJ syndromes
  • pain resulting from motor vehicle accidents
  • pain resulting from over-use and sports injuries

Systemic Problems

  • neurological syndromes
  • digestive disorders
  • genitourinary problems
  • chronic infectious disease
  • circulatory problems

Pregnancy Issues

  • back Pain
  • digestive upset
  • edema and swelling

Respiratory Illness

  • asthma
  • bronchitis
  • pleurisy
  • allergies

Ear, Nose and Throat Problems

  • chronic ear infections
  • recurrent sore throats
  • frequent colds
  • glaucoma
  • sinusitis
  • tinnitus