Osteopathy can be used to diagnose and treat a wide range of medical conditions.
It is based on the principle that the well-being of an individual depends on the skeleton, muscles, ligaments and connective tissues functioning smoothly together.
Osteopaths use touch, physical manipulation, stretching and massage to increase the mobility of joints, to relieve muscle tension, to enhance the blood and nerve supply to tissues, and to help the body’s own healing mechanisms. They may also provide advice on posture and exercise to aid recovery, promote health and prevent symptoms reoccurring.
At Fysio Huis we use physical manipulation, stretching and massage, with the aim of:
-Increasing the mobility of joints
-Vestibular rehabilitation, dizziness
-Enhancing the blood supply to tissues
-Chronic pain and misalignments
-Athletes, weekend warriors, and clients involved in the performing arts
A core principle behind osteopathy is the idea that the body is an integrated and indivisible whole, and contains self-healing mechanisms that can be utilised as part of the treatment. No part of the body works, or can be considered, in isolation. Relevant psychological and social factors also form part of the process of patient diagnosis.
After a full medical case history is taken, a clinical examination and then treatment is given, if appropriate. This involves a standing examination, then examination of the spine and limbs in different positions on the treatment bench. The treatment does not hurt, not usually.
Most patients say the treatment is very gentle and very effective. Some patients arrive for treatment in a lot of pain – this may cause some discomfort to alleviate their pain.
Furthermore, palpation is a diagnostic skill that the Osteopathic practitioner uses to feel or sense the state of the tissues or systems being examined. This sense encompasses the many sensory aspects of touch, such as the ability to detect moisture, texture, temperature differential, and subtle motion. The ability to detect almost imperceptible motion provides the osteopathic practitioner with the capability of perceiving the inherent motion present in all living organisms. This palpatory ability is not a gift – rather, it is a trained skill that takes years to develop.