Osteopathy is both a science and a healing art. Through its holistic approach of the body, osteopathy aims to re-establish healthy communication between anatomical structures.
“The body is a jointed puppet surrounded by connective envelopes (muscles, fascia, organs, etc) that slide over each other to ensure the smooth flow of the rivers of life”. (Andrew Taylor Still).
Andrew Taylor Still was the founder of osteopathy who viewed the human body as resembling a field that when irrigated well makes good harvests. Any hindrance to the smooth flow of “life’s rivers” (blood, lymph, hormones, electricity) will induce a loss of function in the target organ.
The human body being a living organism similar to animals, plants and the natural environment undergoes cyclical changes corresponding to the seasons, climate, humidity, 24-hour circadian rhythm as well as other natural phenomena. Given these external constraints, the body adapts its internal equilibrium in order to strengthen itself. Likewise, the posture is a reflection of the body’s auto-adaptation in a world that is constantly evolving.
Our everyday environment with all the stressors that we endure, such as unhealthy diets and lifestyles, will manifest as certain ailments because the body does not have words to express its dis-ease. In this unfavourable context, the body will use pain as a language in order to arouse our attention and signal to us that it’s time to take care of our health.
Osteopathy is primarily curative, but also preventive. A healthy body and a healthy mind will have enough resources and energy to heal itself. However, sometimes we have to help it find its way. The techniques used by the osteopath provide the body with this therapeutic impulse so that it can regain its inherent balance.
Through its holistic approach, osteopathy aims to promote the health of the individual and to favour healing.
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