osteopathic principles


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“The internal environment is to the cell as the external environment is to the human organism as a whole- the source of the factors and influences which support life.”

” On the other hand, the environment is also the source of influences that disturb cellular function and derange the balance that supports the total body economy.

The maintenance of optimum internal balance is homeostasis.

Departures from homeostatic limits are produced by alteration in the fluid matrix which in turn is secondary to altered circulatory dynamics.

Therefore one must look to variations in the integrating and communicating systems as being the cause of such aberration, and must seek means of utilizing the integrating systems to correct these aberrations, thereby returning cellular function to homeostatic limits ans health. ”

“Osteopathic Medecine”




Disorders of the Endocrine System,

William Baldwin, Jr

Chapt 16 p. 228

Osteopathy For Adults

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Adults can experience aches or pain resulting from a trauma, their lifestyle and/or repetitive strain from their position at work. Therefore, the osteopath will assess the posture and possible causes of somatic dysfunctions. There is a balance to find between static or dynamic activity. Previous trauma (physical and/or emotional) could have predisposed to the current problem if left unresolved. The body has very strong ability to compensate or adapt up to a certain point. Inflammation is seen as a signal sent by the body to the brain that something is wrong and needs to be addressed. It is very important to acknowledge those signals, and make changes to prevent further health problems. Osteopathy can be helpful to identify the problem and releasing tightness, aches, pain allowing the body to recover and heal naturally when it is possible. Patients need to make some changes in their life to prevent the same problem to come back or get worse. Osteopathy is known for helping when a problem has arisen but prevention and maintenance is important as well. For an osteopath, other symptoms are seen as signals too. Some symptoms can be related to mechanical dysfunctions in the body. The main links are vascular and/or neurologic. This is the reason why, each individual is anatomically and physiologically submitted to the same rules, but each individual has a different story, and variations in adaptation and compensation pattern. The osteopath will try to understand how you ended up experiencing the symptoms you are presenting with and guide you towards a specialist when necessary.