Osteopathy is a manual therapeutic discipline that emerged in the United States in the early twentieth century and that aims to identify and treat any osteoarticular and visceral restriction or injury. It assumes that the body is a “whole”, and that any biomechanical, fluidic, or electromagnetic disturbance of any part of the body (articulation, viscera, skull, muscle) influences the proper functioning of the human body.
By applying the hands and through manipulations, osteopathy acts on the musculoskeletal system, the neurological system, the oto-rhino-laryngology sphere (ORL: namely, the ear, the nose and the larynx) and the cranial spine, the digestive system, the genitourinary system and the neurovegetative system. Osteopathy acts also effectively on the after-effects of trauma. Osteopathy allows the structure to regain its freedom, revives the dynamism of functionality and restores the mobility and balance of the whole body.
The pathologies treated can be either mechanical or functional (e.g. vision problems, tinnitus, balance disorder, chronic sinusitis, otitis, etc.). Finally, osteopathy addresses stress and psycho-emotional imbalance.