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When and what is osteopathy

Osteopathy is based on bone or muscle manipulation.

This technique appeared in the 19th century in the United States. Its founder, Dr. Andrew Taylor Still, started from the principle that the well-being of the human body is linked to the proper functioning of its musculoskeletal system (skeleton, joints, muscles, tendons, nerves).


Indeed, all the parts of the body being interconnected through the organic tissues that compose it, the body constitutes an inseparable functional unit. As soon as a structure of the body presents a disturbance in its functioning, this affects the functioning of structures located at a distance through these tissue correlations.

Osteopathy is an exclusively manual practice which in particular removes joint blockages in the body to enable it to function better.
It acts remotely from the musculoskeletal system on the main organs of the human body using pressure, stretching or twisting techniques.

The best results are obtained on so-called "functional" problems, i.e. pain for which the cause cannot be found, but which sometimes interferes with daily life for a very long time: vertebral, rib and joint pain, tendonitis, muscle pain and trauma, headaches, migraines and dizziness...


A large part of the first consultation is devoted to questioning and physical examination (palpation) of the patient.
It is possible that the practitioner asks questions that seem far removed from the problem for which he is consulted, or that he looks at, touches, mobilizes areas of the body that do not hurt.

Osteopathy is aimed at all ages but in the event of manipulation of the skull, spine or face in infants under 6 months, it is advisable to request a certificate of non-medical contraindication from a doctor.

Certain pathologies are contraindications to osteopathic manipulation such as hemophilia, history of stroke, bone decalcification...

Osteopathy procedures are not reimbursed by Social Security, but some mutuals can do so.
Do not hesitate to inquire with yours.

What the law says ?

In 2002, the Kouchner law on the rights of the patient recognized osteopathy.
The implementing decrees for the law were published on March 27, 2007 in the Official Journal. Osteopaths must have their title officially registered at the Regional Health Agency (ARS).