Osteopathic practiceHarry Fischer Osteopath, M.Sc. DPO HP
Do not treat symptoms but the cause!Nature creates nothing without meaning.
Fields of application for Osteopathy
Basically Osteopathy can be applied to all malfunctions of the body, regardless of how long they have existed:
♦ e.g. with tensions and injuries
♦ complaints of muscles and ligaments
♦ tennis elbow
♦ herniated discs
♦ consequences of accidental injuries
♦ TMJ problems / craniomandibular malfunction
♦ stomach and digestive problems
♦ dyspeptic symptoms
♦ premenstrual discomfort
♦ and further discomforts
Osteopathy for expectant and new mothers
During pregnancy, birth, lactation and involution phase, the body and the mind adapt to the baby's needs in a very short time.
In the complaints mentioned below osteopathy can support and help:
♦ heartburn in pregnancy
♦ back pain in pregnancy
♦ breastfeeding problems
♦ birth scars
♦ subsidence and bladder complaints
Osteopathy for babies / children
During pregnancy and especially the stage of labor, the body has to adapt to the processes. Through various factors (like complicated birth situation, stuck in the pelvis during childbirth, medication during pregnancy / birth, use of forceps or ventouse) the adaptation processes are limited. This can cause physical function, developmental, learning or concentration problems.
Osteopathy cannot eliminate the cause of such disorders but can often successfully treat the consequences of a birth trauma or an early childhood trauma.
Osteopathy for babies and children handles the following clinical pictures and their consequences:
♦ cry-children (cry-babies), reject children
♦ torticollis, body asymmetry and the so-called KISS syndrome
♦ craniofacial deformities
♦ indigestion, colic
♦ overstretch and preferential attitude
♦ restlessness and lack of concentration
♦ developmental delays
♦ allergies and colds inclination
♦ malocclusions and teeth-gnashing
♦ infections of the middle ear and sinus and further discomforts
Definition of Osteopathy and its techniques
Osteopathic medicine serves mainly to recognize and treat the functional disorders. The osteopaths make the diagnosis by using specific techniques that are performed with their hands.
The osteopaths distinguish three major systems of the human body and, accordingly, three main areas of Osteopathy: Parietal Osteopathy
treatment of the musculoskeletal system and the peripheral nervous system. Visceral Osteopathy
treatment of internal organs and the enteric nervous system. Cranial Osteopathy
treatment of the skull and the central nervous system in connection with
the Dural tube of the spinal canal and the sacrum.
The application of one of the numerous osteopathic techniques is often done already during the investigation.
Here is a selection:
Strain- / Counterstrain- or Positional- release techniques: short specific stimuli cause "Reactions" in the treated tissues
Muscle- energy- techniques: various MET techniques improve the tone and blood circulation in the muscles.
High-Velocity Low-amplitude techniques (HVLA): small, fast applications change the position of a structure.
Fascial release techniques: stimulate the fascia on to unwind itself (unwinding).
Visceral techniques: improve the general sliding movements of the internal organs.
Cranial techniques: eliminate blockages in the cranial system and harmonize the primary rhythm
see further techniques in the specialized literature.
Discovery of Osteopathy
In 1864 the American country physician A.T. Still had to experience how three of his children died of meningitis.
He then started to search for a "better" medicine that had to be both simple and successful. He quickly recognized the enormous potential of the hands and based on the methods of the "bonesetters" developed refined techniques which became the basis of all modern manual medicine. He understood the human being as a unity of body, mind and soul “always as part of a perfect creation.”
Still was convinced that the ability of the body to heal itself depends on the flow of body fluids (blood, lymph and "nervous water") and that the flow so essential for health can be hindered by anatomical disturbances - called lesions by him. He warns his colleagues: "The duty of the practitioner is not to heal the sick, but to adjust a part of the whole system, so that the streams of life can keep flowing and can irrigate the dry fields. The rest is done by nature.”
Still was not interested in the heroic treatment of "pathologies"; using his manual techniques he simply wanted to provide nature the optimum setting for its mighty work. In his words: “To find health is the mission of the doctor – anyone can find disease.”
Since only nature has the ability to cure itself Still never understood himself as a "healer", but as a humble craftsman with boundless confidence in nature.
Through his huge treatment successes Still had to find a name for his medical philosophy. Working with manual techniques on the bone (Greek osteon-) and easing indirectly the sufferings (Greek -patheios)of his patients, he blended two Greek roots and invented the name OSTEOPATHIE. When Still died in 1917, there were over 20,000 osteopaths all over the world practicing his "better" medicine.
A reputable osteopathic training lasts at least five years.
To complete a specialized training for children takes again at least two years.
Almost all students have made before therapeutic experience as a physical therapist, medical practitioner or physician.
In the training there are taught basic medical subjects such as anatomy and physiology exclusively under their functional aspects with regard to the human being as an individual unit.
At the same time the hand is perfected as a medical instrument.
Although there are no fixed principles in osteopathy, most osteopaths act on basis of the following principles:
A) Function and structure influence each other continuously. B) Every person forms an inseparable and unique unity of body, mind and soul,
which means more than the sum of its parts. C) The natural power of self-organization is solely responsible for the healing.
The osteopath tries only to create the optimum conditions for these natural healing processes.
Limits of Osteopathy
Osteopathy reaches its limits, when the self-healing powers of the body are not sufficient.
Osteopathy is not an emergency medicine, it cannot save life in the case of a heart attack or a stroke.
Open wounds, fractures, burns or other injuries must always be treated first by a physician.
Similarly mental disorders such as Depression cannot be treated by the hands of an osteopath.
Sportsman - Triathlon 1988-1994
All possible treatments for osteopathy,
no age restriction for treatment
Temporomandibular joint; mandibula malformation;
bite malformation (oclusion defects); babies;
young children; teens
Summary of the education:
♦ B Power - and Fitness trainer at bavarian Power and
Weightlifting Federation (BGKV)
♦ continuing education at ACON osteopathy; chriopractice and neural therapy
♦ 5 years of osteopatic education at IFAO
with a degree based of the criteria of BAO
♦ BAO University of Wales, Master Course for children osteopatie - 4 years;
and from 2011 till 2014 - research projects
♦ 2014 continuing education for Sonography "Locomotor System" according to the guidelines
of DEGUM (German Association for medical ultrasound e.V.)
Practice Wuppertal Hagenauer Str. 30, 42107 Wuppertal
Hagenauer Str. 30 42107 Wuppertal
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Practice Hückeswagen Etapler Platz 2, 42499 Hückeswagen
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