This correction produces tangible relief for the intervertebral discs, resolves abnormal stress on joints and therefore prevents the consequences, namely illness. Joints become able to handle normal stresses and strains again, and the body’s overall static equilibrium resolves the symptoms. Osteopathy is a thorough, gentle and side effect-free regulative therapy that helps the body to regenerate itself. It is indicated for all conditions affecting the musculoskeletal system:
- Sporting and accidental injuries such as strains, sprains, whiplash trauma, etc.
- Rheumatic conditions, arthroses, osteoporosis, Scheuermann's disease, etc.
- Nerve pain or circulation problems
- Spine and disc damage
- Muscular and tendon pain
The holistic medical principles of osteopathy (osteo = bone and pathy = disease), set down by the American physician Andrew Taylor Still, have been known about for over 100 years now and are constantly being developed all over the world.
In osteopathy, a distinction is made between three systems:
- The cranio-sacral system
- The parietal or structural system
- The visceral system
The osteopath endeavours to bring these systems into harmony so that the body’s self-healing mechanisms can work as effectively as possible.