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What is osteopathy?

Osteopathy is considered the original of the modern forms of manual medicine (to which naprapathy and chiropractic count). Manual stands for the fact that the hands are the therapist's tool for diagnostics and treatment.

The osteopath assumes that the body is a whole and has a natural capacity to balance and heal itself with a structure and function that depends on and affects each other. An osteopathic treatment should always take this into account and personalise the treatment. This allows osteopaths to use completely different techniques in different patients. Many of the usual techniques are soft and indirect.

The osteopath not only works with so-called locks in joints, but tries to help the body regain its natural balance and ability to heal itself. This means a longer-term and holistic goal than simply creating pain freedom in the emergency local area. The ideal is that the patient should not have to come back several times with the same problem after the first treatment series.

When are you going to see an osteopath?
Examples of treatable problems are: back and neck problems, pains in the skeletal muscles, sciatica, headache, migraines, dizziness, respiratory problems, circulatory problems, indigestion, premenstrual disorders and stress.

Examples of different treatment techniques in osteopathy are:
Joint treatment where you gradually increase the range of motion with circular, rhythmic, repeated movements.

Different ways to increase mobility in the joints of the spine with soft movements.

Different techniques (High velocity thrust, Low velocity thrust) when opening the locked joint with a short jolt while locking the surrounding joints. In this way, the movement violations can be lifted.

Soft tissue technology
Includes different methods to affect the soft tissues of the body, increase and stabilize circulation, reduce tension and strengthen weak tissues.

Cranial osteopathy
Restoration of mobility in the sutures of the skull (seams). The method was developed by W G Sutherland, who found that the different segments of the skull can dislodge and get stuck in the wrong position, thereby affecting the meninges, brain and cerebrospinal fluid and thus indirectly the entire human being.

Visceral technology
The name comes from viscera=intestines. The technology aims to influence the functioning of internal organs by ensuring that they have optimal mobility (organ movement relative to other structures) and motility (own internal movement).

Balanced Ligamentous/Membranous Tension (BLT/BMT)
Technique where the ligament tensions are balanced to lift various movement restrictions in joints or viscera.

You can read more about osteopathy at www.osteopatforbundet.se and www.osteopatskolan.se

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