Osteopathy treatment can help with many complaints

Osteopathy is a manual medicine. It is a science that requires thorough medical knowledge. Osteopaths are people who have learned the trade during a thorough five-year training and they work according to a certain philosophy. This method of treatment helps people because it can reduce many complaints. Since the beginning of the discovery of this healing method by Dr. Andrew Still, many people have already benefited from treatment by an osteopath.

  • History of osteopathy
  • The osteopathy treatment
  • Initiating movements
  • Loss of movement can cause complaints
  • How do we find an osteopath in our own area?
  • Reimbursement by health insurance
  • Training as an osteopath


History of osteopathy

The discoverer of this method of healing was Dr. Andrew Still. This doctor believed that diseases occur when there is loss of mobility in joints or bones. Body tissues that lose their mobility will always have a negative impact on human health. The method of osteopathy has existed since June 22, 1874. However, we must remember that these views must be seen at a time when little was known about viruses or sometimes harmful bacteria. At the end of the twentieth century, osteopathy became known as a manual treatment method. The meaning of the word osteopathy is in the literal sense of the word: disease of bones . Sports enthusiasts regularly use the osteopath. For example, footballer Wesley Sneijder indicated that he did not achieve such good results at the beginning of 2013 and in order to get back to top level he opted for a number of treatments from a French osteopath. Cyclist Johny Hoogerland also says he achieved his Dutch title through treatment by his osteopath.

The osteopathy treatment

Osteopathy is a manual profession. No medications are used, nor any equipment. The hands are the tools with which the work is completely done. It is a safe form of knowledge and skill of a healer. The osteopath has knowledge of the connections between tissues, anatomy and embryology, neurology and physiology. Treatment is based on the whole person. That is why we talk about a holistic treatment method. The connection between all tissues is examined:

  • The musculoskeletal system (complete with bones, joints and muscles)
  • The organ system (internal organs but also blood vessels)
  • The craniosacral system (perhaps less known, but we are thinking of meninges, spinal cord and cerebrospinal fluid circulation)


Initiating movements

If we now assume that these systems are connected and influence each other, we can understand that treatment of the entire body is necessary when loss of movement occurs somewhere. Movements are started again and where necessary they are stimulated. Sometimes the complaints have existed for many years and people think that they just have to learn to live with this. Then it may be important to consult an osteopath.

Loss of movement can cause complaints

Loss of motion can have many causes. We can think of: operations, childbirth, tissue adhesions, but also inflammation that can arise. Mental and physical stress can lead to reduced mobility. Indications for treatment include:

  • Chronic back pain and neck pain
  • Pains or radiance in arms and legs
  • Headache and migraine
  • Stomach ache
  • Crying babies or children with eating problems
  • Panic attacks and hyperventilation
  • Children with ADHD, physical problems or mental complaints


Osteopathy for children

Children sometimes have difficulty expressing what is going on. There may be vague complaints for which the treating physician
does not always have a solution. An osteopath may then be a good choice. But babies can also develop complaints that can be treated by an osteopath.

How do we find an osteopath in our own area?

You can find help from an osteopath in the region via the website of the Dutch Association for Osteopathy (NVO). You can also find an osteopath in your own area on the website of the Dutch Register for Osteopathy. Osteopaths are registered here with the Dutch Association of Osteopaths. Here you can also check what training the osteopath has completed.

Reimbursement by health insurance

Before visiting an osteopath, you should contact your health insurer to see whether the costs of the treatment are reimbursed. In most cases, the reimbursement will amount to 75% of the treatment. A referral from the GP is not necessary. If necessary, the osteopath will contact the GP himself.

Training as an osteopath

It is possible to train as an osteopath part-time. The following degrees can be obtained: Diploma in osteopathy (DO). BSc (Bachelor’s) and Master’s degree in osteopathy. The addition MRO to the title means that the osteopath is registered with the NRO. This is the Dutch Register for osteopathy.

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