Osteopathy

“Finding Health Should Be the Objective – 

  Anyone Can Find Diseases.” 

(Andrew Taylor Still D. O.)

Osteopathy is a manual form of therapy that understands and treats the organism in its holistic structure. It is a philosophy, a science, and an art. As a philosophy, man is a holistic being with all the possibilities of self-healing and maintaining health. Optimum health depends on the balance between the individual body systems.

Scientifically it includes the knowledge of the chemical, physiological and biological sciences in the service of health, prevention, cure, and improvement of diseases.

The art is to apply philosophical and scientific findings in osteopathic treatment.

In my own way as a therapist:

I have deliberately not specialised my therapeutic work. The simple reason for this is because life goes through all phases. Thus each phase has its own developmental potential. I pick you up from the point where you are at. It does not matter if you are acutely ill or are chronically affected by quality of life. If you hate sports, are a manager who is stressed, or are a craftsman, housewife or new mum or dad with an infant, an active pensioner or an active athlete, it doesn’t matter. Also, it is not foreign to me to accompany during the last path in life.

Together with you, I will work out an individually tailored treatment concept.

For more information on osteopathy and its history, visit the page

BAO – Federal Association Osteopathy (  www.bao-osteopathie.de  ).

In addition, you will find the areas of application for this therapy on numerous websites of the statutory health insurance companies that subsidise osteopathic treatments.

To learn more, click on the link to health insurance companies and professional associations:   www.osteopkompass.de  

The terms osteopathy, osteopathic medicine and osteopathic treatment describe different disease and treatment concepts in the field of alternative medicine.

In Europe, these are understood as different diagnostic and therapeutic procedures that are carried out manually, i.e., with the hands of the therapist. The terms “manual medicine”, “manual therapy”, “chirotherapy” and “chiropractic” are sometimes used synonymously.

Only a few of the indicators attributed to osteopathy have been scientifically proven to be effective. In the Anglo-American languages, especially in the USA, the term Osteopathy stands for a diagnostic and therapeutic concept, which goes back to the American Andrew Taylor Still. Andrew Taylor Still coined the term Osteopathy in 1885. Still’s concept was based at least in part on assumptions that were in contradiction to modern scientific knowledge. It is interesting to note however, the existing training as an “Osteopathic Physician” (D.O., Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine) in the USA is based on scientific medicine. Since then, osteopathy has continued to evolve, in the USA, as well as in Europe and other parts of the world. Personally, I would note that this further development is a consequence; there were historical concepts without real perceptive knowledge and experiences of perception without concepts.

Andrew Taylor Still started his search for ways to cure diseases about 140 years ago. Medications or operations simply did not exist in that historical context. As an osteopath and philosopher, Still never tired of teaching his students:

“Keep in front of your mind’s eye a living image all the time, the image of the normal body, while you treat the sick.”

Still’s pupil, William G. Sutherland, found out that the skull consists of mobile bones. This mobility is found in all bones of the body. Sutherland’s hypothesis was further developed by Rollin E. Becker, DO. Associated with this, there have been many changes in the terminology of the primary respiratory mechanism (Breath of Life). 

Sutherland / Rollin Becker have influenced many well-known osteopaths such as Viola Fryman, Nicolas Handoll, Magoun, and many more.

  If we want to understand the [physiological mechanism] we need to understand and feel how it works both in the status of health and disease.  We have to learn through it. We have to work the way the mechanism works. We have to think how it thinks. And we have to experience that with our own hands. We need to experience it as a living function to understand the way the body in question would behave in good health.  We must not seek out the symptoms, we have to look everywhere in this living body to find out what it wants and how it wants to live. “(R E Becker)    

This physiological and therapeutic model is based on clinical anatomy, the direct perception of the laws of nature, the therapeutic power of “dynamic stillness”, the involuntary self-correction, and the self-healing powers of the body. 

Above all, the hypothesis describes an autoregulation phenomenon which is linked to the original “potency” and the intention of the “Breath of Life”.

The shape of the human body depends on the life inside of it; it is an expression of the consciousness of the Breath of Life, which activates it by permeating the fluids of the body. It is the precursor of the function and the structure. Leonardo Da Vinci called anatomy, “living geometry”.  Embryologists, in particular E. Blechschmidt (Prof. M.D.) and R. F. Gasser (Ph.D.), in their work “Biocinetics and Biodynamics of Human Differenciation”, are also aware that forces are present inside the “fluids” that create the shape of the human body. These forces are not controlled by genetic fields, but by primary respiration and its various levels of expression and manifestation that support the processes of life.
Source: (  http://www.dynamic-stillness.de/www.dynamic-stillness.de/Esteopathie.html   … / 31.10.19)

At first glance, osteopathy seems to be rediscovered time and time again. However, I believe that the current knowledge of biodynamic and evolutionary osteopathy is “THE RETURN TO THE FUNDAMENTAL CORE IN OSTEOPATHIC SCIENCE”, so osteopathy has returned to Andrew Taylor Still’s osteopathy.

 In addition to today’s modern osteopathic education, there are two further branches of osteopathy: biodynamics (coined by James Jealous) and evolutionary osteopathy. (  www.morphologicum.org  )

I do not lay a claim to the absolute completeness and the accuracy of timelines in this encapsulation of history. Everyone can inform themselves more precisely if they wish. However, I am of the opinion that the overview for the interested layman, who would like to do more research independently, this, is a good overview.

Osteopathy, as a philosophy and treatment, represents a holistic form of medicine in that the human body functions as a unit.  From this unity, the body generates the individual ability of self-regulation or self-healing powers.

The body functions are in direct connection with its original tissue / place and the surrounding tissues (muscles, bones, nervous system, vessels, organs, …).

Osteopathy can be described as a manual examination and therapy of disorders of the musculoskeletal system, internal organs and nervous system. The harmony of all body systems is very important to maintain self-regulation throughout the organism. In osteopathy, the human being is therefore considered and treated in its entirety.

 Treatment Approach 

If the mobility of certain areas of the body is restricted, osteopathy will initially result in increased tissue tension. These tensions result in an inadequate supply to the affected structures, which are followed by functional disorders. After a certain point in time, the organism can no longer compensate for the sum of these malfunctions – this is when symptoms arise. At this point, the osteopathic treatment begins. Its purpose is to detect and resolve existing dysfunctional mechanisms in the human body and thus to support the body’s own self-regulation.

For legal reasons, I can not give any specific examples of use here or go into more detail on indications and symptoms. It could be considered a promise of healing. Thank you for your understanding. 

If you, dear patient, would like to know whether osteopathy could be an option for your symptoms, please feel free call me.

Osteopathic treatment is both holistic and integrative. Both acute and chronic symptoms can be treated through osteopathy. Osteopathy is not limited to back pain, but to people of all ages, from infants to pensioners. Functional disorders (which can trigger structural disorders and vice versa), acute and chronic pain, traumatic events such as accidents, injuries, surgery, etc., can be treated in a supportive manner.

Its aim is to restore the impaired regulation of the organism. 

For example, the following symptoms may indicate a functional disorder:

In infants and children:

  • Crying and drooling children
  • Torticollis, a malposition of the head to one side
  • Difficulty drinking
  • Asthma
  • Coordination disorders
  • Scoliosis
  • Headaches


In adults:

  • Movement System Impairments:
    disorders of the spine and joints, such as back and neck pain, muscular tension, lumbago, shoulder-arm problems, knee and foot discomfort, compensatory support for degenerative diseases after injuries and surgeries
  • Otorhinolaryngology (ENT) disorders and diseases in the mouth, mouth and jaw area:
    in the case of dizziness, tinnitus, headaches, migraines, complaints in the mouth, tooth and jaw area
  • Internal disorders:
    in the case of indigestion, stomach disorders, lung diseases such as asthma, chronic bronchitis, allergies, chronic fatigue, disorders of the immune system, lymphatic congestion
  • Gynaecology: 

 for example, in the case of menstrual cramps, menopausal symptoms, symptoms during pregnancy, postpartum conditions

  • Urology:
    chronic bladder complaints, prostate problems
  • Stress and Trauma Diseases:                                                                                        

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