What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a manual medicine that takes the body as a whole. Although Osteopathy is mainly related to problems affecting “bones”, its main objective is to restore the balance of the disturbed body by manual techniques aimed at affected tissues, such as muscles, bones, viscera, nerves. Osteopathy is the belief that all body systems are related and therefore disorders in one system affect the functioning of others, therefore, from Policlínica del Río-Hortega’s Physiotherapy Unit, we treat each patient personally and as a whole, evaluating all the parties involved in each process.

How do we treat Osteopathy in our clinic in Santa Pola?

In case of injuries, we always perform treatments globally, not only in the injured area, we assess the rest of related structures in the body such as viscera, cranial structures or the nervous system, among others. The body is a unit, therefore osteopathic treatments are aimed at treating pain by recovering the balance of the body in general.

Types of Osteopathy:

  • Structural Osteopathy:

This is focused on the diagnosis and treatment of dysfunctions of the musculoskeletal system: bones, muscles and joints. Dysfunctions are usually in the not moving areas (hypomobiles) although the patient refers pain in moving areas (hypermobile).

  • Cranial Osteopathy:

The brain and skull bones move to allow cerebrospinal fluid to water the brain (primary respiratory movement). Due to different circumstances (blows, stress, birth), this movement of the skull can be affected causing various pathologies such as headaches, dizziness or backaches, among others. However, through a series of smooth movements we assess and treat any dysfunction that may be at the cranial level.

  • Visceral Osteopathy:

It is focused on the diagnosis and treatment of the functioning of the viscera and vital organs; stomach, pancreas or urogenital system, among others. The visceral structure also moves, each one has its specific movement, and therefore, they can also suffer restrictions in their mobility which would cause imbalance in the body.

Osteopathy Indications

  • Problems of the spine: low back pain, cervicalgia, protrusions, hernias, etc.
  • Temporomandibular joint dysfunctions: bruxisms, noises, subluxations, etc.
  • Urogynecological disorders: constipation, reflux, incontinence or prolapse, among others.
  • Digestive disorders: constipation, acidity, reflux, baby colic, etc.
  • Nervous system conditions: paraesthesia, dizziness, etc.

We usually have pain in the most moving areas because they are compensating for some area that does not move, which is where the real problem is.

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