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Osteopathy is the softest kind of manual therapy, which means treatment with hands. Its aim is to dissolve pathological locks and blocks. But unlike the manual therapist, who applies force from outside, to set patients vertebra in place osteopath uses his skills to create conditions for the body, which make it just natural for the vertebra to return to its appropriate position.

By the way the appropriate physiological position of organs in the body is not a rigidly fixed point, but the possibility to move freely in all directions, staying within certain borders. This can be compared to an electron moving in an atom, following its orbit. If an electron stops or leaves its orbit, it will lead to the disintegration of the atom structure.

This basic concept of osteopathy has been shaped by its founder A.Still. He postulated, that a disease appears in the place where the mobility of the organs is obstructed and the organ cant be sufficiently supplied with blood.   

The modern medicine starts searching for etiology (reason) and pathogenesis (the development of the disease) at the moment when the pathological lock is already there, and venous blood stagnates in the damaged organ.  Under these conditions the risk of infection or tumor cells growth increases substantially.

And then there is no other way but shooting sparrows with canons  which means taking drastic measures like antibiotics, analgetics, surgery or transplantation.

Unfortunately, it is too late then. Osteopaths say that if the pathological symptom has already developed, it means the treatment should have been started 2 or 3 years ago. At this critical stage neither osteopathy nor academic medicine can help.

But most of the patients decide to consult an osteopath only when their condition is almost hopelessly grave.

It is a bad strategy to wait, until the pain in the back or headaches go away on its own. If you discover such alarming symptoms or any other kind of physical discomfort, you should consult an osteopath as early as possible.

If you come to an osteopath in time, you have a good chance to prevent the development of new diseases and stop the progress of those you already have. It is also important to take care of your childrens health, so that they dont have to go through the same problems as their parents.  

P.S. There are no rules without exceptions. There are wonders, and they occur not only in osteopathy, but also in the OP table. Sometimes even a hopeless disease can be cured. You can read about these lucky exceptions in What we cure.