Find the source of your ailments
The human body consists of a vast number of structures and systems that work together within a specific equilibrium. When this balance is lost, the body warns us through different compensatory processes that ultimately become pain or disease.
With the help of osteopathy we can detect the source of many ailments, solve them, and even more relevant, anticipate them in order to prevent future pathologies. Therefore, it is especially indicated for those processes that are chronic or difficult to solve, in which it is essential to perform a comprehensive treatment focused not only on the point where the pain appears, but also on the possible causes at a distance that have generated this imbalance.
The human body is an indivisible unit that is completely interconnected. Therefore, structures that are relatively away from the painful area may be the cause of the discomfort.
Osteopathy was born from the hand of Andrew Taylor Still (1828-1917), physician and surgeon who discovered, well in advance for his time, that in order for a joint or a viscera to perform normally, it must not be subjected to any disturbance.
For this, through the delicate development of palpation and different mobility tests, these disturbances are identified and restored with manual techniques, recovering the lost function in joints, muscles, viscera, ligaments and fasciae.
Osteopathy has specialized in the treatment of a series of locomotor system ailments of medium intensity, which make daily life difficult but not impossible, and for which surgery is not indicated. Thus, for many of these ailments, we do not find the answer to the problem in the place where the pain is located, but rather in remote imbalances that have an influence on the painful area.
Hence the enormous importance of seeing the individual as a whole, avoiding focusing exclusively on the painful region, and assessing the possible imbalances that through the fascial, nervous or structural system may be triggering the process.
Who can benefit from this therapy?
Anyone with physical pain, from babies to elderly people.
Is the treatment painful?
Not at all, the techniques used are applied gently. In the case of larger patients who require a more powerful treatment, the application of these techniques may generate a slight discomfort.
What can I expect the following days?
After the session, it is common to feel much better than at the beginning of the session. It is important to identify this symptomatic relief because it indicates that we have performed the treatment in an effective way. Frequently after a few hours and especially the following day, symptoms of slight tiredness or stiffness may appear in the treated areas, which are usually mild in intensity and disappear after 48 hours, leaving only the improvement achieved in the session.
Is it officially recognized in Spain as a health profession?
In Spain it is a degree/profession not recognized by the official health system, unlike in European countries such as Switzerland, Holland, Belgium or France (among others) that already have the recognition of both health and academic institutions, being studied in universities like any other degree.
What must an Osteopath in Spain have to guarantee his professionalism and good practice?
He or she must be a university professional with a degree in Health Sciences (Medicine, Nursing, Podiatry or Physiotherapy) who has subsequently completed a Master’s Degree in Osteopathy.
The duration of these Masters usually ranges between 2 and 6 years (3-4 intensive days per month). The more qualified the professional will be the longer the duration of the Master’s degree.
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