What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy originated in the nineteenth century and was developed by US physician Andrew Taylor Still (1828-1917). He combined medical knowledge with his personal, novel outlook. Osteopathy is a manual form of treatment, which focuses on finding and treating functional disorders of not only joints, but in fact all tissues in the body. This mobility is needed to function properly and without complaints.

An osteopath knows which body tissues are connected and in what ways they can influence each other. Where movement is disrupted, osteopathic treatment aims to restore this movement. Recovery of movement allows the affected part of the body to function optimally again and reduces or eliminates pain. This recovery process is entirely due to the body’s self-healing ability, which the osteopath has invoked by using his techniques.

Osteopathy is a safe form of medicine based on principles from anatomy, physiology, neurology, and embryology. Training as an osteopath takes six years, during which the osteopath also learns what he cannot treat and when to recommend someone for a referral. An osteopath can resolve complaints that have been lingering for years and at times seemed to be irresolvable.

Both osteopaths at the Andromeda Centre for Osteopathy, are members of the Dutch Association for Osteopathy (NVO) and registered with the Dutch Register for Osteopathy (NRO).

In the video below, you can see how an osteopath works.