For at least two centuries posture has been the subject of attention of doctors and therapists, Osteopathy as well deals with the posture of the individual.
This is because, actually, posture is one of the signs, perhaps the most obvious, of the general health status of a person, both in physical and psychological terms.
However, we must consider that the postural attitude and the same body shape of a person can not be assessed in absolute terms but it has to be assessed also in relation to his/her basic structure.
Osteopathy studies the structure of the individual, his or her basic physical conformation, in detail and according to anatomical landmarks without excluding the shape of the skull.
The study of the structure of a Patient helps you to understand how one's posture should be in the absence of an injury.
In this way it is possible to distinguish which aspects of posture are correct and which are unusual.
Thanks to this we can understand how, for example, a scoliotic curvature is not a phenomenon to be always corrected.
You have to see how it is inserted in the overall scheme of the individual: it is sometimes useful that it is in harmony with the structure of the pelvis, with the cranial structure, with the rotation of the hips and with all the other parts.
Sometimes, on the contrary, a perfectly aligned spine may not be physiological: to be in harmony with the rest it should never present a scoliotic attitude. There are patients with apparently correct x-ray but not at all healthy.
So the postural analysis should always be placed in a context of global analysis of the individual, considering his/her structure, his/her dynamics and also considering the emotional aspects.
But before you even consider the correctness of a postural attitude, we must especially focus on the fact that posture is always the result, the final result to an adaptation.
That is, even in cases in which the posture is not physiological it is never the cause of an illness or a symptom. Therefore work on the posture to cure other problems is nonsense.
Osteopathy does not "cure" the posture of an individual: it has no clinical significance.
The Osteopath intervenes, more in general, when a person has a disorder in order to alleviate it.
During a process of rebalancing the posture of the patient always undergoes changes since an osteopathic lesion always forces the body to maintain postural adaptation different from its original one.
However, the osteopath does not treat a patient just to change his/her posture.
After a global correction posture normalizes spontaneously, as well as other clinical aspects, but a general postural balance is never the primary reason for consultation.
Unfortunately, many patients consider themselves to be victims of postural defects; they consider them to be the primary cause of pain or dysfunction and ask to be freed in order to feel better. This represents a completely distorted mindset.
The wrong posture, if it is wrong, it is not a disease to be cured, or a deformity to be straightened but it is one of the many consequences of a state of global difficulty.
The therapy therefore should always be targeted to the reconquest of general health, The secondary issues will resolve spontaneously as a result.