As a former practitioner of osteopathic medicine, I focus on a holistic and integrative approach to medicine. It is important to see people as “a whole person” and in the context to their life to reach an meaningful assessment, rather than treating the symptoms alone. My personal expertise in Osteopathy has been cranio-sacral osteopathy, energetic body-work, trauma, and newborn, children and families. Today I implement an approach of integrative medicine. Together with Naturopathy and Functional Nutrition Counseling, I effectively use my experiences in osteopathy for holistic coaching, mentoring and consulting.
What is Osteopathy in general?
Osteopathy belongs to the field of integrative medicine. It perceives each patient as an individual and treats him or her as a whole. The basic assumption is that all parts of the body work together and influence each other. Besides the direct treatment osteopathic medicine also pays attention to the prevention of diseases. It recognizes and treats functional disturbances in the body. Osteopaths only use their hands for the treatment, as they are considered sensitive instruments that have been trained for years. Osteopathy, with its sensitive and painless nature, is even suitable for infants due to its gentle treatment of many complaints. Today, 60% of practicing DO physicians work in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, and Gynecology.
Origin of osteopathic treatments
Dr. Andrew Taylor Still developed osteopathic medicine in 1874. He reverted to the philosophy that all bodily systems are interrelated and depend on each other. Thus we should regard the body as a functional unit. It is capable of self-regulation and therefore able to heal diseases itself. According to Still, all bodily functions depend on the supply and disposal by the vascular and nervous system. Arteriosclerosis, blocked joints or tense muscles can hinder the supply of the body through the blood circulation and the lymphatic system and lead to symptoms. Thus the body will try to compensate for any disturbances in supply. An osteopath can, therefore, determine the basic tension of muscles, bones, and joints with his hands.
How does osteopathy work?
A person's organism consists of numerous structures that are directly or indirectly related to each other. Fasciae ensure that fact. They are thin layers of connective tissue that surround each structure and thus form an entire body fascia. Although classical medicine hardly notices fasciae, they are of great importance. If the osteopath follows a fascia with his hands, he can move from one body structure to the next one. Thus he can correct functional disorders from another part of the body than from the part where the symptoms appear. This explains why osteopaths often observe that causes at one point often lead to complaints in completely different body parts. The aim of osteopathic medicine is to resolve the dysfunctions and blockages that can cause, favor or maintain the disease and thus help the body regain its own health.
Fields of application of osteopathy
Chronic pain, especially in the neck and back area, is a very common application of osteopathic medicine. But it also considers movement restrictions, treatments as a follow-up of accidents, migraine, and other accompanying therapies. In my holistic health coaching approach to heal chronic pain and stress with integrative medicine, I refer to my former experience as an osteopath. Contact me, I will be happy to advise you!