Osteopathy is a form of manual therapy. This means that the osteopath tries to correct the loss of movement in the musculoskeletal system using manual techniques, i.e. with his hands.

Osteopathy is a holistic form of therapy with the aim of restoring the functional balance in the body. According to the principle of osteopathy, all areas of the body are interconnected and dependent on one another and thereby influence each other.

Thus, often the cause of pain is not where the symptoms are perceived. For example, the cause of neck pain can be from a dysfunction in the lumbar spine and vice versa.


A treatment always begins with a case history (anamnesis), which can last up to twenty minutes. Among other things, questions are asked about the cause and origin of the pain.

  • did the pain come on slowly or suddenly?
  • is it something that has been playing up for years or only weeks?
  • is the pain rather dull or sharp?

Through these specific questions, the complaints are explored in more depth. Based on the initial findings from the case history, an osteopathic hypothesis of the complaint is established. In the following manual examination, the osteopath aims to confirm this hypothesis by finding joint blockages and using specific orthopaedic tests.

The osteopath then tries to remove the blockages and dysfunctions found using specific manual osteopathic techniques. In general, a reduction in symptoms should be noticeable after two to four treatments.

If anything is unclear in the first session, the osteopath will refer the patient to a medical specialist for further investigations.

There are different schools and approaches within the osteopathic treatment methodology. Treatment by osteopaths can therefore be different.

Osteopathy is a recognized treatment method. Most supplementary health insurance plans cover the treatments. A doctor’s prescription is not necessary for this.

Inquire with your health insurance company before the treatment whether the costs will be covered.

When does osteopathy make sense?

Osteopathy is suitable for every age and constitution (athlete or non-athlete). Both in the preventive area as well as accompanying therapy, or in the follow-up treatment after surgery, acute crises or injuries.

Areas of application

E.g. back pain without clear findings,

acute and chronic back pain or tension, neck tension, headache, joint blockages, knee problems, scoliosis, growth disorders, postural problems, tennis and golf elbow, digestive problems, whiplash and as pregnancy support.

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