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Osteopathy, a practice proposed by Dr. Andrew Taylor Still in the nineteenth century, is a healthcare profession which takes the human being as a whole, i.e., it is based on the assumption that all parts and body systems work in an integrated manner.
The professional who practices Osteopathy – the Osteopath ─ uses only his hands to make an osteopathic diagnosis and treat his patients; to be able to do so, he must have a broad theoretical and practical experience in osteopathic diagnosis and therapeutic manual techniques..
Osteopathy is indicated, in general, for healing injuries of the human body, mainly mechanical, where there is a disorder in the function of a structure.
As an example, muscle and joint injuries (belonging to the musculoskeletal system), those related to the circulatory and nervous systems, internal organs and connective system (the tissues that support the human body), more specifically, the connective tissue known as fascia.
People of all ages, from newborns to the elderly, suffering from backache, pains in the chest or neck, headaches, menstrual cramps, sciatica, digestive and respiratory functional changes, sport and work-related injuries, among others, can see an osteopath and benefit from a noninvasive manual treatment, which greatly reduces undesirable side effects.
The osteopath has a particular interest in anatomy and physiology, which give him the essential and necessary knowledge to perform an extremely accurate assessment of body systems and their interrelationships, which may or may not affect each other.
It is a method of treatment which first looks for the causes of the signs and symptoms of the patient; only then the professional will deal with their consequences in order to restore the lost or diminished function. This means that the osteopathic approach is a causal rather than a symptomatic one.
Osteopaths understand that the human body has a fundamental system for the healing ─ the immune system, which leads to self-repair and restoration of altered functions. It is to the osteopath to help the immune system through an informed and well-founded diagnosis, then choosing and applying suitable osteopathic techniques.
It is a profession linked to health, classified as diagnostic and therapeutic complementary practice, which interacts with other professions and their specialties.
Professionals from many fields work together with the Osteopath; we will mention a few, like medicine (internal medicine, orthopedics, neurology and physiatry)- physiotherapy, acupuncture, speech therapy and others.
Osteopathy offers a unique approach of the human body, with proven effectiveness.