What Osteopathy treats

Trunk and Spine

Reason for consultation Associated signs and symptoms
Cervical Neck pain, torticollis, limitations in the rotation of the head,"sand"during movements
Whiplash Nausea, dizziness, headache, neck pain
Cervicobrachialgia Arm pain, feeling of "electric shock", herniated cervical, tingling, numbness of the fingers
Back pain Interscapular pain
Chest pain Chest pain, intercostal pain and tightness in the chest
Low back pain Back pain, lumbar osteoarthritis
Coccyx pain Pain in the lower part of the sacrum, coccyx area, especially in the sitting position
Sciatic Low back pain with leg pain
Herniated disc Back pain, pain in your sneeze, pain or loss of strength in the leg
Scoliosis Back pain with curvature of the spine and chest hump
Posture Musculoskeletal pains associated with spoiled attitudes

Upper limb

Reason for consultation Associated signs and symptoms
Shoulder Joint pain or profound limitation of motion of the shoulder, frozen shoulder
Capsulitis of the shoulder Joint pain or profound limitation of motion of the shoulder, frozen shoulder
Epicondylitis Pain in the elbow extensors especially in the movements or during efforts
Rizoartrosi Pain at the base of the thumb especially in making objects
Trigger finger Pain during flexion of a finger with a final shot in sudden closure
Carpal Tunnel Hand pain, loss of strength especially in making objects

Lower limb

Reason for consultation Associated signs and symptoms
Hip Joint pain or hip deep
Knee Pain, trouble menisci, ligaments, capsule, inflammation, arthritis, sprains or fractures outcomes
Pubalgia Pubic pain, pain in the adductor
Sore foot Pain under the ball of the foot or on the back, pain on movement, results of sprains or fractures
Flat feet foot cable Sole foot problems, pain to the support
Spurs Pain under the heel
Distortions Mainly ankles, knees, wrists, fingers
Tendinitis Tenosynovitis, enthesitis, bursitis, fasciitis
Cramps Cramps

Problems visceral and functional

Reason for consultation Associated signs and symptoms
Fibromyalgia Pain all over the body, stiff joints, chronic fatigue.
Chronic headache Headache, migraine, tension headache, cluster headache, eye irradiation
Dizziness Dizziness, nausea, Menière's syndrome
Tinnitus Whistling, blowing, ringing in the ears
Dental malocclusion Click mandibular malocclusion, pain when chewing, affect postural and spinal
Trigeminal neuralgia Sensation of "electric shock" on one side of the face
Asthma Closing asthmatic
Gastritis Stomach pain, slow digestion
Hiatal hernia Gastro esophageal reflux, sore throat in the morning, stomach pain, digestive problems
Spastic colitis Intestinal pain, colic
Urinary incontinence Incontinanza stress, sudden losses
Painful intercourse (women) Pain in penetration during intercourse
Tingling and paraesthesia Sensory disturbances

Fields of special osteopathic interest

Type of Patient Description
Pregnancy The Osteopath treats the pregnant woman in childbirth preparation and the new mother after giving birth
Pediatric The Osteopath treats the baby in the neonatal period, during the period of development and for all stages of growth through adolescence adolescence
Sport The Osteopath is to help athletes to express their maximum athletic qualities and recovering after an injury
Senior adult The osteopath treats the patient in the third age with painless risk-free techniques to alleviate pain and "infirmities"

What Osteopathy does not treat

It is not correct to consider the restriction of mobility the source of any problem: many ailments or diseases do not have an osteopathic nature.

The major classes of diseases that osteopathy does not treat are:

  • Genetic disorders: in some cases the Osteopathy can bring relief of some types of symptoms but you need to assess from case to case.
  • Diseases of the central nervous system: peripheral syndromes can be on the contrary of osteopathic competence but it is necessary to assess from time to time.
  • Oncological diseases: for oncological diseases intervention osteopathic has no utility except, in some cases, palliative intent.
  • Psychiatric illnesses: in general the disorders of the affective sphere cannot be treated with osteopathy.
  • Medical emergencies: the medical emergencies of any kind can not be treated with osteopathy, in these cases it is necessary to turn to the closest ER unit.

The contraindications of Osteopathy

Osteopathy has no special controioindications.

To give mobility and vitality back to the structures does not cause any kind of harm, indeed it usually brings a benefit.

There are, if anything, some special techniques that are not recommended in cases of severe bone loss but they are easily replaceable or interchangeable with other less energetic and equally effective techniques.

In conclusion osteopathy is never harmful and can be practiced with safety on all: even in cases in which it has no direct utility can still bring relief to the patient without causing any side effects.