Osteopathic Techniques


The parietal osteopathy treats the musculoskeletal system. Cranio-sacral osteopathy treats the central nervous system while visceral osteopathy focuses on the internal organs. This concept builds to a great extent on the self-regulating forces of our bodies.

In 1874, the American doctor Andrew Taylor Still presented a new alternative approach that he called osteopathy (after ancient Greek ‘osteon’ = bone, and ‘pathos’ = suffering). Osteopathy is based on the finding that all life functions are coordinated in constant motion; this includes the pulsating flow of blood, our breath, the workings of the digestive organs, the flow of body fluids, the transmitting of nerve signals, and the movement of tendons, muscles, joints and tissue. If a body structure is restricted in its movement, it also affects its function. This is where trained osteopaths come in.

By applying palpation, they identify mobility restrictions and dysfunctions and relieve them, thus supporting the self-healing ability of the body. The normalization of the mobility of the cranial bones and improved circulation of the cerebrospinal fluid are two of the most fascinating techniques for many patients. As a rule, osteopathy can be applied to all functional disorders of the body. The application of osteopathic techniques requires great sensitivity and knowledge of anatomy and physiology. This explains the long training period of five years.