• In the extension of physiotherapy comes osteopathy, which is a manual approach that evaluates and treats not only the spine but also the nervous system and the internal organs. It serves to restore the body’s mobility and balance, so that pain is eliminated. The therapist will be able to identify and relieve the main blocks once he has evaluated the mobility of the spine, the density of the internal organs and the mobility of the nervous system.

  • As an example, let’s take a client who consults for shoulder pain. In the past, he’s had several bronchitises that have produced scarred tissues, reducing the mobility of the thorax. The overall assessment confirms that the mobility of the bronchi is reduced and its density has increased. The osteopath will improve the amplitude of the rib cage, mainly by increasing the mobility of the bronchi. The client’s movements will then be amplified and the pain will decrease. The majority of clients who come in because of shoulder pain usually have a diminished rib cage movement which will normally be caused either by a dysfunction of the spine, ribs or because of the heart and lungs lining. Given the fact the shoulder muscles are attached at the rib cage, the head, the neck, the collarbone and the pelvis, it is important that the rib cage move freely (and have full mobility) otherwise the shoulder muscles will be restricted by the dysfunction of the thorax.
  • Osteopathy treats the source of the problem while seeing the body in its entirety, improving the functioning of the spine, organs and nervous system. In the previous example, the origin of the shoulder problem was the lack of mobility in the bronchi and the rib cage. Thus, by treating the lungs, we find the rib cage and spinal columns mobility increased.

  • Although the consultations are not as frequent as with other approaches, people feel the benefits after only a few appointments. However, in most cases, it takes five to eight treatments to resolve a problem. In general, and for a case like this one, it would take approximately five treatments.

  • Most insurance companies will reimburse the physiotherapy and osteopathy treatments.