OSTEOPATHY

What is osteopathy?

Osteopathy is gentle manual therapy techniques that takes care of the patient’s entire body. It focuses on treating patient’s dysfunctional disorders in order to improve their optimal overall quality and quantity movement. It has a curative and also preventive role in anticipating pain due to a lack of mobility.

Who is it intended for?

Osteopathy is suitable for all types of patients, from the new born to the elderly. The manual techniques used are non-invasive and can be adapted to each patient.

 

What benefits for baby at birth?

During childbirth (labour and expulsion), the baby bears many stresses affecting its structure. The osteopath can intervene from the first weeks of life by ensuring his global mobility and by restoring the physiological amplitudes of his body. Its mobility may be impaired as much by natural childbirth as by childbirth with the use of equipment such as forceps, suction cups, etc.

When to consult for baby during the first year?

Baby's first year of life is rich in learning in all areas. To ensure a healthy growth, the osteopath can help baby on several points: 

Plagiocephaly: the various skull deformities that infants may experience are reducible by wearing a medical helmet but are also often improved and even completely dissipated by manual techniques to restore the mobility and elasticity of cranial sutures.

Colic: The immaturity of the baby's digestive system is often the cause of colic that can be quickly relieved by gentle visceral osteopathic techniques throughout the baby's digestive system.

Suction disorders: Sometimes, the baby may have difficulty feeding, leading to baby weight loss. Often, its difficulties are related to a sucking disorder resulting from various phenomena that can be stopped thanks to cranial, visceral or intraoral osteopathic manipulations.

Torticollis: During childbirth, it is common for infants to experience stress that causes musculoskeletal disorders such as newborn torticollis. The osteopath can treat these disorders in a gentle and non-invasive way.

Respiratory disorders: Respiratory disorders in babies or children are very uncomfortable and can be quickly reduced, depending on the disorder, by osteopathic techniques on the child's rib cage and respiratory system.

Finally, regular consultation with an osteopath during the first year of life will help ensure baby's healthy growth and help him learn the many tasks he will have to perform.

What are the benefits for mom before childbirth?

During pregnancy, the mother's body undergoes physical, hormonal and emotional changes. These changes create new stresses that the body is not used to dealing with. This can cause localized pain often in the lower triangle. Osteopathic techniques aim to restore mobility to joint, muscle and fascial structures in order to relieve pain and enable them to experience a peaceful and happy pregnancy and delivery.

What are the benefits for mom after childbirth?

Post partum, the structures of the pelvis (bone, ligament) are modified and regain a physiological movement thanks to time and especially thanks to pelvic floor rehabilitation.  The Osteopath plays an important role in the return of mobility and physiological tonicity of the pelvis. Indeed, fascial, joint and muscle energy techniques help to restore and maintain normal body movements.

Osteopathy intervenes at every moment of the athletes life and helps our body to adapt to the constraints we impose on it.  Sports is beneficial and essential at any age but can cause joint and/or musculo ligamentary constraints responsible for pain (aches, cracks, etc.) or trauma (tendonitis, sprains, etc.).

Each sport has its constraints. This is why, following a complete clinical examination, the osteopath identifies and targets dysfunctional structures in order to restore optimal movement of the body.

Through various techniques, mainly structural and muscular, it gives our body the means to pursue sports and to absorb the constraints of the practiced sport.

Whether you are a beginner or an experienced athlete, Osteopathy can help you prevent and cure the aches related to your sports as well as improve your performance.

The Temporo Mandibular Joint (TMJ) is a joint that connects the jaw and skull just in front of the ear. It is involved in many functions such as phonation, swallowing or the general posture of the body.

When this joint malfunctions, we can feel pain in the face or skull (loss of sensation, bruxism, malocclusion, headaches...) but also at a distance from the joint, especially in the neck or in our posture.

To manage these symptoms, the osteopath at Physio Avantage Plus will identify and test the disorders felt and treat them by considering all the aspects they involve: treatment of the skull, nervous, muscular and joint bones as well as working in collaboration with your dentist and/or family doctor if necessary.

Headaches : This is one of the most common symptom in patients with vision disorders.  Osteopaths can manage these problems by using osteopathic cranial techniques on the face and base of the skull.

Cervical pain : Eye disorders lead to adaptations at the cervical level being the cause of pain.  The osteopath can manage these symptoms through joint and muscle techniques.

Myopia/ Hypermetropia/ Astigmatism: The deformation of the eyeball involved in these pathologies can be relieved by treating the sutures and bones forming the orbit in order to limit the pressure on the eyeball in addition to medical treatments.

Strabismus: Osteopathic techniques of mobilization and local pressure on the bones of the orbit have an action on unilateral strabismus as an ocular muscle contraction disorder.

  1. Osteopathy and paediatrics: Two worlds linked by the child and his parents. S.Walzer, 2014
  2. Website of the French Union of Osteopaths (SFO) and Website of Osteopaths of France
  3. Palpatory diagnosis of plagiocephaly. N. Serguef, K. Nelson, T. Glonek - 2011
  4. Pediatrics Archive vol15: The role of Osteopathy in correcting cranial deformities in newborns and young children. C. Amiel-Tison, E. Soyez-Papiernik - 2008