What is osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a manual examination and treatment method that focuses on the body’s ability to move. For optimal and complaint-free functioning, it is important that the tissues that define your body have sufficient freedom of movement. Life is movement. It is a continuous process of growth and degradation, holding and letting go. All these processes take place both in nature around you and in your own body. For growth, development and adaptation to the challenges that our life demands, the right nutrition, optimal digestion, absorption of nutrients and waste disposal are important. The correct management and coordination are also necessary. In the human body, these processes take place through our muscles, bones, blood and lymph vessels, fascia (membranes), organs, hormones, brain and nervous system.
The osteopath examines the functioning of these structures and seeks an explanation for its findings in relation to your request for help. When the body has imbalances and dysfunction the body’s self-healing mechanisms can get obstructed. This may lead to physical complaints. The job of an osteopath is not to follow the symptoms, but find the cause of these symptoms and imbalances, restore them and to help bring the body back in its natural course and allow for it to heal itself. The possible explanations originate from embryology, physiology, neurology, psychology and anatomy. Because of this holistic way of examining and explaining the findings, the osteopath sometimes comes to a cause and treatment of the complaint in a completely different place than where you experience the complaint.
The aim of the treatment is to promote the mobility of the structures involved and thus to address the self-healing mechanisms of the body. So that you can function without problems again.
Who can benefit of an osteopathic treatment?
Osteopathy can be a solution for complaints of all ages, from babies to seniors and from adolescents to pregnant women. Treatment by an osteopath is often experienced as a relief for complaints that keep returning and for which no solution seems possible. If you are in doubt whether treatment by the osteopath can be of significance for your specific complaint, please call or mail me.
The osteopath is not a replacement for a general practitioner or specialist and will always refer you for additional research if necessary. I strive for a good cooperation with your general practitioner, specialist and other disciplines and therefore appreciate it if you inform them of your treatment.
- Muscle, tendon and joint complaints
- Back and neck complaints
- Complaints after whiplash
- Gastrointestinal complaints (heartburn, constipation, diarrhea)
- Emotional problems (trauma, burnout / overstrain, not feeling well)
- Sleeping disorders
Marie-Jeanne Nijdam is a certified osteopath and is registered with the Nederlandse Osteopathie Federatie (NOF).
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Treatment from an osteopath is often experienced as a relief for recurring complaints or physical problems that seem insolvable.
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