Healing with Osteopathy


  • What is osteopathic medicine?
  • Story of a patient
  • How does osteopathy work?
  • Which techniques are used?

What is Osteopathic medicine?

Cranial manipulation

It’s a manual therapy relieving pain, restoring normal function of the human mechanic and preventing from further problems.
It gets to the origin of the patient’s health problem rather than just treating the symptoms.
It is a holistic (global) approach to treating patients by considering their lifestyle and medical histories.

Story of a patient

Tom childrenAs a boy, Tom falls from a tree onto his backside and is bruised and sore for a few days.

However, he soon forgets about his fall. Unknown to him, he carries strains in his pelvis and lower back .

At 20, Tom has a car accident giving him whiplash and straining his spine, adding to the existing strain from his fall as a child.

At 30, Tom is under stress at work and he begins to develop headaches and back pain. Telling a friend of his pain, the friend refers him to his Osteopath.

The Osteopath discovers that Tom’s neck is compressed as a result of his childhood fall and the car accident. Tom’s treatment relieves his headaches and back pain, giving him more energy. Tom’s sleeping has improved and he is coping better with everyday stress.

How does Osteopathy work?

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When the body experiences physical or emotional stress, our tissues become tense. Any tension, which remains held in the body, can restrict its free movement.

Gradually the body may find it more and more difficult to cope with this accumulated stress and symptoms may worsen.

Problem in the body can disrupt the circulatory system and/or nerves of the body, affecting your health.

Osteopathy is drug free and works to restore the structure and function of the body to a state of balance and harmony (homeostasis), allowing the body to heal itself gradually.

Osteopaths work in close collaboration with MDs who diagnose and treat illnesses, helping to optimize medical or surgical treatments if needed.

Which techniques are used?

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There are a wide range of hands on techniques which are all gentle and painless.

These techniques are always suitable for each person at a specific time. The treatment is gentle, even though it may require the handling of painful areas.

Osteopathy has muscular skeletons (for joints, muscles, and ligaments…) as well as cranial and abdominal techniques (to treat internal organs).

Osteopathic medicine has its limits and Osteopaths can refer you to other Doctors or specialists and are trained to ensure that no serious problems are overlooked.

These manipulations tend to optimize the conditions of connective tissues (supporting tissues of organs and skeleton).

Osteopathy and Physiotherapy in Arles, France