Osteopathy seeks essentially to restore, using a manual approach, perfect physiological functioning - a harmonious functioning. Osteopathy is applied to physical dysfunctions that adversely affect health.
The efficacy of osteopathy in cases of stiff neck, lumbago or sciatica, for example, is not in dispute. However, it is less well known that osteopathy can also be applied effectively and safely to a good number of other problems (essentially of a functional type) both musculoskeletal and visceral (tendonitis, chronic vertebral pain, cramps, etc. and even to certain digestive, intestinal and gynaecological problems).
Indeed, osteopathy incorporates many fields of application; thus we speak of structural, visceral and cranial approaches.
The first seeks to achieve good mobility of the individual joints, but also all the joints together, in terms of overall posture balance.
Visceral osteopathy also looks for and corrects restrictions of mobility, but in addition works beneficially on the stomach, intestines and other abdominal viscera as well as the membranes that surround them. This approach, therefore, can be helpful in the treatment of certain digestive or gynaecological problems and also to soothe abdominal pain.
The third and last approach concerns the cranial area. It is also the most controversial in the sense that thus far, its theoretical basis is not so well documented. Nevertheless, the cranial approach is often very effective on infants and particularly on the very young for problems of cranial asymmetry, colic or gastroesophageal reflux.