We provide professional support in Osteopath.
An Osteopath is a therapist healing functional disorders
of the body’s entire anatomical structures by assessing the patient with a
holistic approach within the context of basic medical sciences such as anatomy,
physiology, pathology, neurology, psychology and nutrition and who treats
within the scope of clinical knowledge through highly specific manual curing
methods prescribed peculiar to each tissue.
The persons who received a training for 3,500 course
hours in basic health sciences (only physicians and physiotherapists are
qualified) shall be entitled to become osteopaths in the aftermath of their
graduation by attending at a training of 1,350 hours to be conducted by expert
The training shall be at intervals, last for 5 years,
theoretical and mainly practical. Such criteria are in compliance with the
criteria of the World Health Organization.
Additionally, there are Osteopathy Academies in America
and Europe having educational periods of 5 years.
American physician Andrew Taylor Still (1828-1917)
defined osteopathy. His definitions establish the foundations of osteopathy
Significance of structure and movement
Interdependency of structure and movement
Organism’s being an indivisible whole
Organism’s ability to cure itself
In 1874 he denominated the method he applied as
osteopathy (osteo – bone) (pathie – complaint / symptoms).
In 1892 he founded American School of Osteopathy in
Kirksville, Missouri, USA.
In our day, 54,000 osteopaths are employed in America.
They perform their profession in the capacity of the “Doctor of Osteopathy
” at a level equivalent of the medical doctors’ . As they are rather
physicians, they apply drugs, needles, and surgical methods more priorly than
On the other hand it demonstrates a different development
in Europe. In England, John Martin Littlejohn (student of Still) brings
osteopathy to Europe and offers this opportunity to physiotherapists. In 1917
he established British School of Osteopathy in London. It became widespread
throughout Europe by 1950.
In Europe, rather the therapists started to use it as an
effective form of manual therapy. Since 1993 osteopathy has been defined as a
profession in England. Furthermore, France, Belgium and other countries as well
William Garner Sutherland (1873-1954) developed Cranial
Osteopathy – Sacral Therapy.
On the other hand, in the 1980s, French osteopaths Jean
Pierre Barrel and Jacques Weinschenk developed visceral osteopathy involving
the examination and treatment of organs and expanded its treatment range.
Specific straight line Manipulations and Mobilization
Soft tissue treatments
Reflexology Methods (Meridian, Footpad, Periost,
Connective Tissue, Jarricot, Diagnosis by teeth, Facial physiognomy etc.)
Myofascial relaxation methods
Nerve Zone Mobilization
Applications for mechanical examination and treatment of
Osteopathy is used as a supportive treatment method in
areas which could be found in following applications. No statements referring
to its eliminating or solely treating the disease could be made.
Movement and function disorders of the spine and musculoskeletal system.
Acute and chronic pain syndromes of the spine and bone joint system.
In vertebral disc displacements.
Ischialgia, brachial neuralgia, sciatica, discopathic pain.
Joint stiffness and degeneration.
Migraine, tension type headache.
Post-operational outpatient rehabilitation.
Post-accident pain syndromes.
Neuromuscular problems such as spasticity, cerebral palsy
Coordination and psychomotor dysfunctions in children.
Psychosomatic syndromes, anxiety, depression.
Supportive in chronic neurological diseases (Alzheimer’s
disease and Multiple sclerosis).
Functional disorders of the digestive system, urinary
system, urogenital, respiratory and circulatory systems.
Ailments associated with viscerosomatic function
Pain syndromes in pregnant women.
Supportive in hormonal balance disorders.