Osteopathic treatment 

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Osteopathy is especially effective in the treatment of vertebral and joint degenerative-dystrophic processes, scoliosis and various traumas. Osteopathy is used to successfully cure:

  • head injuries, its consequences;
  • hypertension and hydrocephalus syndromes;
  • encephalopathy;
  • some forms of epilepsy;
  • functional interference of inner visceral organs

During the practice of osteopathy, unexpected and little-known (in the eyes of traditional medicine) causes and bonds appear. The Osteopath attempts to locate the most primary etiological moment, estimate the adaptation, compensation, decompensation of various problems and methodologically prevent them, taking into account the patient’s regenerative abilities.

For example:

  • eye muscle strain may cause temporary back pain;
  • legs of varied length cause dysfunction of jaw joints;
  • shoulder – scapular periarteritis may be connected to liver function disorder

All of the above mentioned factors are obvious to an osteopath, because in the eyes of an osteopath the fibrosis of spinal structures and movement restrictions of skull joints are equally important in the development of postural and movement disorders. Those, in turn, also involve different structures.

Another typical example can be found in the pathophysiological mechanism evaluations of diseases: orthopaedists claim that idiopathic scoliosis is caused by changes in spinal functions. On the other hand, osteopaths believe that this disease is first and foremost dependant on the kinetic dysfunctions of skull bone, while the spine is, in most cases, only secondarily involved.

Considering these pathophysiological processes, osteopaths achieve great results even when treating 3rd stage scoliosis, making vertebral movement more functionally whole. After all – life is in movement. At the same time, traditional methods offer surgical involvement with massive immobilisation, which at first might seem visually acceptable, but involves serious, unpredictable consequences.

One of the qualities which distinguish osteopathic medicine from allopathic is the ability to quickly determine any traumas within newborns that may have been caused as a result of childbirth. This means that an osteopath is not only able to remedy any functional disorders, but can also prevent the progression of such serious illnesses as hydrocephalus or epilepsy, thus reducing a child’s disability.

A rather successful therapy for joint arthrosis in its early stages is also possible. Only 2 – 5 osteopathic procedures are necessary to improve joint function in the periarthrosis stage.

The high effectiveness of osteopathic methods has also been proven in sports medicine. Osteopathy is one of the elements in the complex treatment of serious sports injuries.

Osteopathy is not a substitute for traditional medicine, especially medical emergencies, but rather a supplement.

Methods of diagnostics and treatment

To determine damage common to the bone – muscle system and visceral organs, the osteopath is required to develop high finger sensitivity and learn the osteopathic palpation technique. High competence and effective grasp of palpates is required of the doctor during diagnostics.

Essentially, osteopathic diagnosis differs from allopathic diagnosis in that it is focused on the micro kinetic system of the organism. It is a “kinetic diagnosis.”

Osteopathic treatment fundamentally differs from allopathic treatment methods. Osteopathic treatment is based on a completely different form of diagnostics and does not employ pharmacological products.

Diagnosis and treatment is based on specific indicators:ima

  • dynamic;
  • statistical;
  • palpation tests

Treatment involves manipulation of the following levels:

  • cranial;
  • structural (spine, joints, muscles);
  • visceral

After the treatment, the osteopath determines the correctness of their manipulation.

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