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Osteopathy - Solving Blockades With Hands

Osteopathy - Solving Blockades With Hands

Osteopathy is an independent form of medicine, where the diagnosis and therapy are being carried out with the osteopath’s hands. It was established 140 years ago by the American doctor Andrew Taylor Still and since then it has been developed and refined continuously. Fascia, the thin connective tissue, are of particular importance. It can be used to find causes of pains that often arise elsewhere in the body. According to osteopathy, fascia can transfer changes and with that solve blockades and improve health.

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What Does an Osteopath Do?

The osteopath starts their work with a preliminary talk where they conduct an anamnesis. After the diagnosis follows the therapy with the hands. The osteopath palpates the tissue layer by layer. This way they feel deeper-lying structures like muscles, fascia, bones, nerves, blood vessels and the inner organs. Thereby, different manual techniques are available depending on the therapy. They are being divided into three main groups:

-structural techniques
-visceral techniques
-craniosacral osteopathy

With structural techniques, osteopaths try to find a differentiated diagnosis about functional and structural disturbances of the locomotor system. Through manual techniques like manipulations (“twisting”) of blocked spinal segments or soft-tissue techniques, osteopathy initiates the endogenous regulatory mechanism. This way the self-regulation of the body is being restored. Visceral techniques are being used to rebuild the mobility and synergy between the organs. With craniosacral osteopathy, the therapist assumes that between the connected parts of the skull, rhythmic movements can be felt. The osteopath tries to sense the rhythm with the hands and capture part of the movement restrictions. The osteopath follows the movement until a noticeable relaxation sets in, resulting in a “normal” rhythm. 

What Therapy Table Fits osteopathy?

The therapy table SPLIT by Coinfycare is perfect for osteopathic treatments. To make the prone position comfortable for the patient and to disburden their neck muscles, the therapy table has an adjustable headrest including nose slit and filler as well as lowerable armrests. The leg part can be tilted up to 85° to quickly turn the table into a chair. Furthermore, a Trendelenburg position can be regulated infinitely for osteopathic manipulations. The high-quality padding is firm and the therapy table is thanks to its roundabout switch adjustable in height. With this product, Coinfycare offers a therapy table that will facilitate every osteopath’s work.

What is the Difference Between Osteopathy and Chiropractic? 

Both osteopathy and chiropractic are manual forms of therapy that don’t exclude each other and are often being combined. But they are different in their therapeutic technique and specialization in different systems of the body. An osteopath mainly resolves stress around the organs with slow movement of the hands. A chiropractor on the other hand focuses on the functionality of the spine, the nervous system and joints. The therapist uses mainly precise and quick impulses, osteopaths deep and continuous movements. Osteopathy does not have any priorities. The functionality of the skeletal system, cranial bones and organs are being seen as equal.

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