Areas of Application of Osteopathy
– Migraines, headaches, tinnitus, dizziness
– Digestive problems (heartburn, irritable stomach, irritable bowel syndrome)
– Craniomandibular dysfunction/TMJD (temporomandibular joint)
– Menstrual cramps
– Back pain, disc prolapse, ischialgia
– Fertility problems (desire to have children)
– Pregnancy, to prepare for childbirth, after childbirth
And much more
Partial or full reimbursements for osteopathic treatments are granted by many statutory health insurance companies. Private health insurances or the respective civil service aid usually reimburse the costs for osteopathic treatment, either on the basis of a doctor's prescription or as a alternative practitioner service. Since our osteopaths are also alternative practitioners, invoicing as a alternative practitioner service based on the alternative practitioner fee schedule (GebüH) is possible for this reason. Where appropriate, please clarify in advance with your statutory health insurance company, your private health insurance company, your private supplementary health insurance company or your competent civil service aid agency whether the costs of these services are reimbursable.
What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy tries to remedy functional disorders through specific techniques from cranial, parietal and visceral osteopathy by activating the body's own self-healing powers. Osteopathy is a medical diagnosis and treatment system that uses holistic, manual therapeutic techniques.
In osteopathy, the human organism is viewed as a unit. Often pain is felt in one part of the body, while the cause of the discomfort lies elsewhere. Disturbances in one area of the body can also have a negative effect on other areas of the body. This is why osteopathy does not focus on individual symptoms, but tries to combine these symptoms into an overall picture. It is not only about restoring health, but also about prevention. Exact knowledge of anatomy and physiology is the basic requirement for diagnosis and treatment by the osteopath. Clinical findings from laboratory values as well as X-ray or MRI images help the osteopath to better assess his own treatment options.
Osteopathy is essentially subdivided into three systems: craniosacral osteopathy (movements between the skull and the spinal canal up to the sacrum), parietal osteopathy (musculoskeletal system) and visceral osteopathy (internal organs).
The craniosacral system is an important endogenous system. Craniosacral osteopathy is a very gentle and effective form of treatment for this system, in which the craniosacral rhythm (fine pulsation of the cerebrospinal fluid / liquor) is used. The liquor has its own rhythm and moves the human nervous system, which runs from the skull (cranium) to the sacrum (sacrum). Stagnation in the cerebrospinal fluid supply can affect physical and mental health. Structural problems in the spine and pelvis as well as visceral disorders are the result. The total neural stress is also increased by a twisted dural tube. In this form of osteopathic therapy, natural healing mechanisms are activated, which are supposed to help strengthen the immune system and positively influence the hormonal balance. Pain, emotional and psychological disorders should be alleviated and blockages released.
This part of osteopathy deals with the musculoskeletal system, including the examination and treatment of bones, joints, ligaments, muscles and fascia (thin layer of connective tissue that envelops muscles and organs). These structures can be damaged by trauma or compromised by (defective) compensations by other structures. Common symptoms of the parietal system may include disc herniation, shoulder joint problems, knee joint problems, and problems with the cervical spine and lumbar spine. Osteopathy treats these dysfunctions and thereby tries to restore a balance between the joints and the muscles as well as the other structures of the entire musculoskeletal system. Especially during pregnancy, to prepare for childbirth and after childbirth, osteopathy supports the body in its adjustments.
Visceral osteopathy focuses on the treatment of internal organs. All organs are wrapped in connective tissue structures and are in communication with other organs. To fullfill their function they move in their own rhythm. Perfect function requires perfect mobility. For example, if the stomach or bowel is impaired in its function, it can lead to indigestion. Typical indications for visceral osteopathy are gastrointestinal complaints, reflux, lung problems (asthma, bronchitis), menstrual cramps, scar tissue after surgery and much more. The goal of the treatment is to increase the vitality of the organ, to activate self-healing powers, to stimulate the lymphatic drainage, to improve the blood circulation and the venous drainage, etc.
History of osteopathy and differentiation between osteopathy and physiotherapy
Osteopathy was developed by the American doctor Dr. Andrew Taylor Still (1828-1917). He realized that the musculoskeletal system, nervous system and organ system function and act with one another and influence one another. He was looking for a holistic form of therapy that works without medication. The craniosacral therapy was carried out by Dr. Sutherland, a student of Stills. He researched the mobility of the skull bones and discovered the connection between skull and sacrum through the meninges. Since then, osteopathy has continued to develop in the USA, Europe and other parts of the world. In physiotherapy, one generally works directly at the point of the problem, whereas in osteopathy the patient is viewed more holistically. Osteopathy is an alternative, complementary treatment to physiotherapy.