Osteopathie
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What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a manual medicine which was developed by Doctor Andrew Taylor Still (1828-1917). The osteopath, watchmaker of human body, put his skills into practice thanks to a thorough knowledge in anatomy and physiology. He uses his hands to establish an osteopathic diagnosis and then apply the adequate treatment with gentle, non-invasive precise techniques.

"Any loss of mobility in articulations, muscles, ligaments or in internal organs can cause an imbalance of health".

When he intervenes on one part of the body, the osteopath indirectly acts upon another one because "man is a whole". The osteopath tries to find the primary origin of pain: he knows that the dysfunction of one body part can manifest itself through pain in another one. This phenomenon is called ascending and descending lesions: a pelvis dysfunction can be responsible for a compensatory lesion in the knee, itself followed by a dysfunction in the foot.
The symptom, the area which hurts, can thus be very distant from its cause.
One knows that a back pain can be related to stomach ache. Let's take the example of a patient who suffered from pain in her knees: two meetings with an osteopath were enough to sort out the problem. Yet, the osteopath would just manipulate the pelvis and low back, without ever intervening directly on knees.

This is what differentiates the osteopath from the masseur: the later just massages, the painful area to slacken the tensions on the knees without trying to find out the real cause of the symptom. It can ease the pain for a few days (as for this patient), but the ache will actually recur as long as the origin of the problem is not found and cured.

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