Osteopathy is a methodological manipulative diagnostic and therapeutic philosophy that in Italy is included among non-conventional medicines. The osteopathic profession proves to be effective both in the preventive and the maintenance of the state of health, as well as being a valid contribution and support in the treatment of many pathological conditions.
Osteopathic philosophy stems from the teachings and writings of Andrew Taylor Still (1828-1917), a traditional training physician (MD). Still was an iconoclast progressive, convinced that in his time the attention and care towards patients were profoundly inadequate. Rejected by the medical establishment, he chose to establish a parallel medical education system, which he called “osteopathy”.
Osteopathy seeks the mobility restrictions present in the body system and through specific techniques aims at restoring normal mobility or, in the case of disabling diseases, residual mobility, exclusively using manual techniques and excluding any medication and / or surgical means. Health is the adaptable and optimal attainment of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being. It is based on our natural ability to face, with adequate reserves, the usual stresses of daily life and the serious occasional stress imposed by the excesses of the environment and activity. The disease begins when this natural ability is reduced or when it is overcome or overwhelmed by harmful influences.
The human organism is endowed with intrinsic self-regulation and osteopathic medicine is therefore concerned with freeing and developing all the resources on which the body’s resistance and recovery capacity is based, thus recognizing the validity of the ancient consideration according to which the doctor has to dealing with a patient, as well as with a disease. A holistic discipline such as osteopathy has also been applied to large and small animals. This science has developed independently of traditional medicine and has a personalized approach and intervention.
In 2012 the first National Training Course in Animal Osteopathy Do.A was born in Italy. Osteopathic techniques are mostly used on horses and dogs in which the symptomatic picture acquires secondary importance (with the exception of some cases), since it is inserted in the overall condition of the animal. This implies a detachment of the therapeutic intervention from the area in which the symptom manifests itself, to observe its interactions and the possible connections with all the other adjacent or remote structures.
Whatever the abnormal condition from which the body is afflicted, the osteopathic objective aims to:
* Restore mobility (articular) or motility (fascial, visceral, craniosacral) where they have been compromised
* Improve blood supply and venous and lymphatic return to optimize oxygenation and nutrition of cellular metabolism;
* Normalize and optimize the interactions between the different body systems: the central and peripheral nervous system with the musculoskeletal, immune and endocrine systems.
The osteopathic treatment uses, for this purpose, a complex armament of exclusively manual techniques, in complementarity with all the other veterinary figures with which it collaborates and are:
* Musculoskeletal approach
* Fitting Approach
* Cranial approach
* Visceral approach
Osteopathic treatment tends to favor an improvement from a global point of view (articular, fascial, visceral and cranio-sacral), reported in many cases by the respective owners and confirmed by ongoing evaluations. This improvement can be assessed in the increased vitality, in the recovered energy during the physical exertion test and in the decrease of the previously existing pain symptomatology; with the movement, in fact, the self-healing and self-regulation process is encouraged, increasing the blood supply locally and favoring proper vascularization and cellular nourishment which are the basis of a good functioning.
Finally the lymphatic elimination of toxins is increased, e.g. after a prolonged effort, restoring length and elasticity to the individual muscular and articular districts and favoring the production of endorphins indispensable for triggering the welfare mechanism of the animal organism.
Dr. Stefano Vitali FT, D.O., E.O.A.