Osteopathy: learn more

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“Osteopathy is a diagnostic and manipulative therapy approach to malfunctions in joint and tissue mobility in general, as these contribute to the appearance of illnesses”.  Academy of Osteopathy of Belgium.

It should be considered as part of the healing arts treating diseases by a varied and adapted manual techniques used primarily in the motor system after having removed the cons-indications. These techniques may include manipulation, mobilization, muscle energy techniques, positional release techniques, Jones, listening techniques… The approach to treatment may therefore vary, always taking the patient into account.

The time of treatment is approximately 45 min.

His art consists in applying this knowledge to stimulate or restore physiological homeostasis that deal with pathological processes.


Osteopathy is particularly interested in the relationship between the loss of mobility and the development of certain diseases. The most common fields of application being :

  • Back pain and neck ;
  • Muscle and tendon disorders ;
  • Nerve pain ;
  • Joint pain ;
  • Migraine headaches, disorders of the jaw ;
  • Disorders of the abdominal area.

Some counter-indications

Due to systemic disease:

  • Disease causing fragility of bone, ligament, tendon, connective arterial or venous tissue ;
  • Bleeding, hemophilia, increased coagulation time, phlebitis.

Due to local fragility:

  • Diagnosed or suspected pathology of arterial walls or venous obstruction ;
  • Recent trauma that has not undergone a clinical examination and / or diagnostic tests ;
  • Stroke, hydrocephalus, sub or intradural hematoma ;
  • Acute cholecystitis ;
  • Acute appendicitis, peritonitis ;
  • Acute nephritis ;
  • Process neoplastic ;
  • Acute herniation with neurological signs ;
  • Heart attack ;
  • Aortic dissection.

Osteopathy does not cure the following aliments:

  • Neurodegenerative diseases: Alzheimer’s, Pakinson disease, multiple sclerosis, etc. ;
  • Inflammatory diseases: rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis ;
  • Cancer and metastasis ;
  • Genetic diseases: cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy, trisomy 21, etc. ;
  • Infectious diseases ;
  • Fractures.

However, even if osteopathy has no curative action on these conditions, it can have an effect on the consequences, especially pain, by releasing the tensions of the surrounding structures. For those conditions, osteopathy is no longer considered a curative therapy but complementary palliative therapy that should not be overlooked.


External specialist