Osteopathy and manual therapy

What is osteopathy and manual medicine?

Osteopathy is a manual medical science that seeks to recreate the movements and function of man or animal into a harmonious whole. This means that both blood vessels, nerves, organs, lymph, joints and muscles are directed and restore the optimal function for the individual in these structures, so that the whole human or animal becomes a more harmonious whole, and that organs and tissues move in optimal balance. Every creature is its own unique snowflake.

Osteopathy is a branch of manual medicine , which is the branch of medical science that alone, using its hands, diagnoses, relieves pain and removes the blockages that prevent flow in the system, and reduces mobility and optimal function.

The body is one functional unit which consists of several components:

  • craniosacral
  • cardiovascular
  • respiratory
  • gastrointestinal
  • neuromuscular
  • skeletal parts
  • mental, emotional and spiritual

– all these components constitute the total functional unit of the body and as such cannot be separated.

Tensegrity model

Tensegrity is the architecture of life. It is the phenomenon that activates and controls the stability of the body. It is the system that stabilizes itself mechanically due to the way it is constructed in traction and compression forces in perfect balance. It is a self-correcting system that is independent of gravity. Tensegrity is the anatomical model of the elastic energy system between the rigid elements (bones) and the elastic ones (ligaments and muscles). The tensegrity structure carries all other biophysical energy systems in the body.

Tensegrity models are mechanically stable, not because of the individual strength of each element, but because of the way in which the whole structure distributes and balances mechanical influences. This means that a single dysfunction in an element, has an impact on the entire overall structure. Therefore, one can affect a single segment of the treatment and get a change in the whole movement pattern.

History of Osteopathy

Osteopathy originated from the American doctor Andrew Stills DO He was a doctor during the Civil War and also lost his first wife in childbirth and several children with meningitis and pneumonia, and it is believed that it was his inability as a doctor to save his family members that animated him to to seek healing in other ways.

He founded the first school of osteopathy back in 1892. One of his students was William Garner Sutherland who is the man behind the cranial osteopathy. Andrew Still’s grandson George Laughlin practiced a mild branch of osteopathy which we call functional indirect technique, and one of his students was Edward Stiles DO now an elderly gentleman who probably still teaches at Pikeville University of Osteopathy, Oregon. Patricia Kortekaas has learned it from Ed Stiles, and I have learned it from Patricia.

The indirect osteopathic technique FIT is my preferred form of treatment – it is very gentle and releases tissue tension and blockages in blood vessels, nerve pathways, meninges, organs, joints and muscles. I can also use the direct techniques like myofascial release, muscle energy technique, HVT / manipulations and stretching techniques but I always return to functional indirect technique because it is mild and effective at the same time. It is a neurophysiological technique that by resetting the area of tension is able to get the tissue under my hands to release the tension and regain its original shape. It’s almost as if the tissue resets itself, like reinstalling an app or rebooting its computer. This is how it works, because the tension does not come back unless I have not done my job well enough, or there is something chronic or other wrong that a veterinarian has to take care of.

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