Osteopathy can be indicated for many disorders. From babies to seniors, many people can benefit from the benefits of a session. Find out which ones.

What does an osteopath do?

“An osteopath is a health professional who diagnoses and treats many health disorders, whether painful or not.” according to the French Osteopathy Union.

The professional is trained for five years, which allows him to know everything about anatomy, physiology and different pathologies. This allows it to offer care in complete safety, and for a very wide audience, ranging from babies to seniors.

Bad postures, trauma, false movements, stress, poor diet, painful period… The osteopath generally takes care of the body. It is in fact a complex organism, made up of various systems which constantly act together to enable optimal functioning.

The 5 benefits of an osteopathy session

The benefits of a session with the osteopath depend on the reason for the consultation. According to Simon Bouvrette, osteopath in Canada, the objective of an osteopathy session is to find the cause of the symptoms experienced.

According to her, a session can help:

  • Avoid injury : osteopathy would be able to increase the range of movements and prevent tears. The body’s tissues are more flexible and therefore less susceptible to damage. A useful practice for athletes and professionals with physical work. Elderly people can, through osteopathy, avoid stress-related injuries;
  • Relieve the woman during her pregnancy : the holistic approach of this practice makes it possible to offer effective physical therapy during this period of major changes for the body;
  • Reduce the discomfort of chronic illnesses. Arthritis, asthma, digestive disorders… The osteopath can relieve the symptoms of these chronic illnesses. This allows you to enjoy everyday life without difficulty;
  • Relieve back pain, thanks to gentle and subtle manipulation. The professional can stretch or massage the muscles. If he notices signs of more serious conditions, he refers his patient to more conventional relief;
  • Help with relaxation: skin-to-skin contact would increase levels of dopamine and thus, promote relaxation.

Osteopathy can be effective for certain types of pain. Manual techniques can have many benefits. Why not try and judge the benefits for your everyday ailments?

Florine Cauchie

Health journalist

June 7, 2024, at 4:10 p.m.

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