"A symptom represents the result of a cause that can originate far from the region of the symptom itself "; so Dr. Andrew Taylor Still (1828-1917), the pioneer of the wellbeing concept. The origin as well as the deepest essence of osteopathy are the fruits of his intuition and expertise. This key-definition became a pillar of the holistic philosophy conception about human being. The historical dating of its genesis goes back to the end of the 1800's in the USA, where osteopathy enjoyed a rapid success as it represented an extraordinary symbiosis between scientific art and diagnosis philosophy (with manual and non-manual treatment), thus able to avoid the numerous side effects of the allopathic therapies, that are primarily aimed at searching and removing the symptom, whereas osteopathy considers the symptom as an alarm bell and looks for its origin or cause.
The most revolutionary aspect of the osteopathic conception (what's more, totally agreed by homeopathy) is well expressed by the sentence “HUMAN BODY IS AN INDISSOLUBLE UNIT”, where its different parts work synergistically to give benefit to the whole organism. In the case of an imbalance, human body's parts also interact in order to make it originate one or more symptoms, frequently located in points far from the cause and apparently without any connection.
Eventually, the disease is the inadequate but necessary response given by an individual (indissoluble psycho-physical-emotional unit) to the social context. Through the symptom mechanism the need of removing pain arises to re-establish the health state, scientifically called “homeostasis”.
Life is Movement
The conception of osteopathic dysfunction originates from the philosophical assumption “life is movement”. So, each mobility limitation in a tissue physiology disturbs its self-regulation and causes a progressive degradation in the function and the structure itself.
Equally important is the fundamental concept of vital energy. On one hand, it is true that the degree of an ailment depends on the strength of the trauma, whereas on the other hand it is also true that the foregoing general health conditions play a significant role. As a consequence thereof, an organism is capable to react against a trauma also on the basis of its vital energy.
A dysfunction can set in or not also according to the vital energy that sets against it.
How osteopathy acts
The main purpose of osteopathy is to gain once again mobility, harmony and physiology, essential requirements to aim at homeostasis.
An osteopathic treatment takes place through a series of manual and non-manual techniques (joints, organs and tissues manipulation), suitable to correct structural ailments or mechanical disorders.
By reaching the trouble origin, osteopathy is able to re-establish the mobility of the concerned structure, so that human body can start its self-healing process.
The benefits of osteopathy
There is a wide range of health conditions that can enjoy benefits from osteopathy; it can be surely stated that, as long as the anatomic integrity exists, it is possible to achieve good results by means of osteopathy, thus re-establishing homeostasis.
From a statistic point of view, osteopathy is particularly appreciated in the cases of joint diseases. But its effectiveness is actually much more wide:
- Anxiety, phobia, asthma, visceral ailments (hepatopathy, colitis, gastritis, duodenitis);
- Smoking addiction.
Osteopathy: a natural choice in the name of one's physiology, aimed at a balanced and deep homeostasis.