Osteopathy was founded in the US in 1874 by Andrew Taylor Still, but its roots reach much further back into human history. As far back as the Middle Ages, travelling healers called “bone setters” went from village to village to manually treat patients, adjust them and relieve them of pain.
Osteopathy focuses on enabling the body to heal itself by removing obstructions and blockages. This is done with parietal osteopathy (manual treatment of the musculoskeletal system), visceral osteopathy (manual treatment of the inner organs) and craniosacral therapy. An experienced osteopath will always use a combination of all three approaches in order to be able to provide a comprehensive, holistic diagnosis and treatment.
„Movement is a symbol of life. Where movement is restricted, the body will become ill. Osteopathy can find these movement restrictions and resolve them.“
Dr. Andrew Taylor Still
A holistic approach is essential …
The focus of osteopathy is to find the actual source of an ailment, which often hides in a different place to where the obvious symptoms occur. This is achieved through an understanding of the complex anatomical and biomechanical correlations within the human body and a holistic approach to its physical examination.
By resolving the underlying blockages as well as the resulting obstructions, the body can again heal itself and symptoms will subside.
This holistic method of treatment helps to sustainably treat a wide variety of issues and also supports the body’s self-healing properties in the long term.
After sustaining a severe sports injury of my shoulder, the Urban Health Concept team was able to create a comprehensive therapy programme for me. With osteopathy, focused exercises and even nutritional consulting, my injury healed entirely.
Urban Health Concept consists of a very knowledgeable team, who meets you exactly where you are. The resulting programme is focused on the individual and covers various physical and psychological levels. A perfect combination.
A full-body tension release
Craniosacral therapy is a gentle, manual technique focused on relaxing the craniosacral system.
The craniosacral system encases the central nervous system. It consists of the fluid and all the membranes surrounding and protecting brain and spinal cord, which are located within the skull (cranium), extending down the spinal canal to the tailbone and sacrum.
This system represents the internal basis for development, growth and functionality of brain and spinal cord, from the human embryonic stage to death.
Restoring the energy flow
The bridging element between the craniosacral system as a “shell around the body’s core” and the peripheral parts of the body is the connective tissue, in particular the fascia.
Heightened tension in one or more of these systems will spread via the connective tissue towards the other systems and affect their function. This kind of tension reduces the circulatory properties of the body (like blood and lymph), hinders the free flow of energy and subsequently obstructs the essential information exchange in the body.
Craniosacral therapy effects a balance of tension in the entire body, optimises the function of the nervous and endocrine systems, encourages homoeostasis and promotes self-healing mechanisms.
Manual treatment of the inner organs
The advantages of visceral therapy:
The importance of our inner organs is even reflected in figures of speech. You’ve probably felt something “in your gut” before or got annoyed over something that “galled” you?
The human organ system is incredibly complex and tasked with a wide range of daily functions. It is directly connected to the musculoskeletal system and has a bearing on its function via our network of nerves. More than 85% of all physical blockages and ailments primarily stem from feedback of the nerves inside one or more of the internal organs as opposed to incorrect movement, making congested, overwhelmed and immobile organs the root cause. The organs in turn suffer from our chronic lack of exercise, inadequate nutrition, a variety of intolerances and side effects of medications. In addition, there may be post-operative side effects or scars that may lead to stickiness and blockages within the organ system. Our organs can be pictured like a complex system of cog wheels. If one is blocked, it will sabotage the entire system.
Eastern medicine allocates each organ a kind of temporary storage facility for a corresponding emotion – particularly those we perceive as negative and which we are unable to process cognitively when they emerge. If these storage facilities are not drained for longer periods of time, physical and mental problems will manifest.
Visceral therapy is sadly neglected in most therapy forms. It is either not considered at all or takes on a subordinate role, even though so many patients are suffering from the consequences of visceral blockages.
Our experience has taught us to pay close attention to this complex subject. We have therefore combined several visceral forms of therapy in one: Ampuku (classic Japanese abdominal body work), Chi Nei Tsang (Taoist organ mobilisation) and visceral osteopathy. This makes for a comprehensive therapy concept based on anatomical and energy-related knowledge.
Since I started my regular osteopathy sessions with Georg Platzer, my energy levels have risen considerably, and any painful tightness or tension disappears quickly. I tend to recommend Georg Platzer often – particularly for complex issues.
Extremely warm and professional and has a cure for most ailments – my osteopath.
I have a standing appointment with Georg whenever I’m in Vienna, to have my body adjusted.
Best Osteopath in town.
Initially, I was a bit taken aback by the tattoos and the muscles, but I have to say – your osteopath is an extremely competent and intelligent person.
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