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Osteopathy

– WHAT IS IT?

Osteopathy is a type of treatment that is increasingly sought after to solve a wide variety of problems. It comprises different types of approach, always based on manual therapy.

This alternative medicine uses manual techniques that are able to move, position and stretch certain parts of the body, favoring their recovery.

Therefore, these treatments are often used to treat back pain, muscle spasms and sports injuries. However, this type of treatment is not recommended for fractures or osteoporosis.

For this reason, it is always advisable to have an osteopathic consultation in order to find out which treatment is most appropriate, as well as to use professionals who are qualified and able to carry out these therapies.

When should osteopathy be used?

There are many reasons for resorting to osteopathic treatment, such as:

  • Eliminating acute and chronic pain;
  • Resolving pain situations, using innovative techniques and eliminating the source of the problem and not just the symptom;
  • Benefit from a personalized approach, taking into account the characteristics of each patient;
  • Obtain clinical results quickly and effectively.

What are the advantages of osteopathy?

The benefits of osteopathy include:

  • Treating or avoiding situations of acute and chronic pain;
  • Restoring mobility and improving the body’s vascularization and functionality;
  • Improving quality of life and health;
  • Making daily activities, both professional and personal, more effective.

In what situations can osteopathy work?

There are many areas in which osteopathy can work. Here are some examples:

Disorders of the neuro-musculo-skeletal system, namely:

  • osteo-articular dysfunctions;
  • tendon or ligament muscle disorders;
  • Nerve injuries due to trauma or accidents (acute or chronic, with or without symptoms or as prevention and treatment);
  • low back pain
  • cervicalgia;
  • lumbar and cervical disc herniation;
  • disc protrusion;
  • sciatica;
  • torticollis.

Cranial problems, namely:

  • headaches;
  • dizziness;
  • ringing in the ears;
  • dysfunctions of the temporomandibular joint – TMJ.

Visceral problems, such as:

  • hiatus hernia;
  • gastroesophageal reflux;
  • gastritis;
  • early stage ulcers;
  • hemorrhoids;
  • Inguinal hernia;
  • dysmenorrhea (pain during menstruation);
  • constipation.

Pediatric problems, namely:

  • postpartum check-up (after delivery using suction cups or forceps);
  • problems with the baby’s cranial structure/shape – plagiocephaly;
  • congenital torticollis;
  • digestive disorders (sucking/swallowing disorders, colic, gastroesophageal reflux, hiatus hernia, gas, diarrhea, constipation);
  • bronchiolitis;
  • repeated otitis media;
  • blockage of the tear duct;
  • babies with frequent intense crying;
  • sleep disorders;
  • agitation;
  • nervousness.

Who can benefit from osteopathy?

Osteopathic treatments can be carried out on people of any age, with the techniques used varying according to the clinical case and the characteristics of each patient.

Osteopathic therapies can therefore be carried out on the elderly as well as babies, pregnant women as well as nursing mothers.

What are the benefits of pediatric osteopathy?

Pediatric osteopathy has specific advantages, such as:

  • Facilitating the transition from intrauterine life to life outside the womb;
  • Analyzing and resolving mobility restrictions in the child’s body;
  • Treating discomfort and chronic or acute pain;
  • Balancing tensions in the different tissues (bones, tendons, muscles and fascia);
  • Improve children’s sensory-motor development;
  • Promote well-being;
  • Prevent future health problems and illnesses;
  • Improve the child’s quality of life and health.

Frequently Asked Questions

Osteopathy is an unconventional treatment that includes notions of anatomy, physiology and biomechanics.

The fundamental principle of this type of medicine is that the body is an integrated system that functions as one, taking into account concepts such as self-healing/homeostasis. Thus, in osteopathy, no area of the body can be analyzed in isolation.

Therefore, osteopathy presupposes a balance between the muscular, articular, fascial, neural, arterial and cranial structures, in order to help prevent the onset of disease.

Osteopathy is a very relevant and necessary area of intervention, since both during pregnancy and childbirth the baby can adopt positions and suffer pressures that affect the mobility and correct functioning of its structures, affecting the child’s motor development.

The main objective is to harmonize the baby and, consequently, the life of the family. If the structure is balanced, the different functions of the body will function normally, reducing the predisposition to pathologies. It’s a very gentle approach, respecting the baby’s fragile structure and bringing security to the treatment.

  • Plagiocephaly;
  • Congenital or postural torticollis;
  • Asymmetries in the musculoskeletal structure;
  • Recurrent respiratory infections;
  • Colic;
  • Gastroesophageal reflux;
  • Constipation;
  • Breastfeeding problems;
  • Irritability for no apparent reason;
  • Prolonged crying;
  • Frequent otitis;
  • Sleep disorders;
  • Among others.

Osteopathic therapy considers three approaches:

  • the structural approach, focused on musculoskeletal problems;
  • the visceral approach;
  • the cranial approach.

Osteopathic therapy considers three approaches:

  • the structural approach, focused on musculoskeletal problems;
  • the visceral approach;
  • the cranial approach.

The main aim of osteopathy is to identify restrictions in movement and function, relating them to the symptoms presented by the patient.

The treatment is based on a manual approach, which acts on various systems and tissues of the human body. Its aim is to eliminate pain and restore normal movement, function and vascularization.

Before starting osteopathy sessions, a consultation should be held to gather information about the individual’s health problems, taking into account their lifestyle, eating habits and history of family illnesses.

In the sessions, the osteopath uses their hands to place the patient’s body in different positions, pressing on specific points and stretching to align the joints properly. These techniques will contribute to the recovery of the affected parts of the body.

These movements do not cause pain or discomfort. At the same time, lifestyle changes can be recommended, such as starting a diet and exercising.

In general, osteopathy techniques are considered safe because they are adjusted to the patient’s clinical conditions.

However, it is normal for effects such as headaches, discomfort in the treated area and tiredness to appear after the treatment. However, 1-2 days after the treatment, these side effects will naturally pass.

It is very rare for osteopathic treatments to cause broken vessels or fractures.

Yes. Osteopathy is not recommended for patients at risk of suffering injuries to the spine, bones, ligaments, joints and nerves. Therefore, osteopathic treatments are contraindicated for patients with:

  • osteoporosis;
  • a history of fractures;
  • blood clotting disorders;
  • cancer;
  • multiple sclerosis;
  • the need to take medication to thin the blood;
  • the need for radiotherapy.

Osteopathy is a type of therapy that includes more manual techniques capable of assessing, diagnosing and treating muscle problems in order to restore the body’s overall balance.

Chiropractic, on the other hand, uses techniques more focused on acute pain in the spine, through massage, with the aim of aligning the bones and alleviating pain.

Osteopathy team

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Inês Fonseca

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