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How does an osteopath work?

In osteopathy, an osteopath examines how different systems in our body collaborate. This is done using the 'five-system model', which consists of the musculoskeletal system, the nervous system, the circulatory system, the metabolic system, and the emotional system.


Unlike other forms of therapy such as physiotherapy and chiropractic care, an osteopath takes into account not only body movement and the nervous system. In osteopathy, attention is also given to blood circulation, respiration, metabolism, and emotional aspects. This is crucial for diagnosing and treating issues.

During an initial consultation, an osteopath will engage in conversation to gather information about the various systems. Your concerns, medical history, and timeline of symptoms will also be considered.

Subsequently, a physical examination will take place to identify the underlying cause of the complaints. This examination involves assessing the structures that could potentially be causing the issues, such as muscles, joints, ligaments, nerves, and connective tissues. Additionally, attention is given to the dominant postural patterns, such as rotation, lateral bending, or forward-backward bending.

Various systems are also examined, including the craniosacral system (skull, jaw, and nervous system), the visceral/organ system (mobility of organs), and the musculoskeletal system (joints throughout the body).


Based on the examination, a treatment plan will be formulated that takes all relevant aspects into consideration. During the treatment, all these points will be addressed. Therefore, you might come in with neck discomfort, but the treatment might also involve working on your big toe. It's advisable to wear comfortable underwear and a bra during the session.

It's possible that in addition to osteopathy, we may also recommend seeking care from one of our collaborating partners to ensure a sustainable resolution of your complaints.


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