D.O. – Doctor of Osteopathy

On 26 May we had our visit at the Doctor of Osteopathy’s.

I must confess that this was the first time we went to a doctor not practising traditional medicine. My husband was skeptical, but I wanted to have a “different” opinion.

Maybe some of you don’t know what ostheopathy is about. We didn’t know either.

Osteopathy takes advantage of the body’s natural tendency to strive toward a state of health and homeostasis. The Osteopath is trained to palpate (feel) the body’s “living anatomy” (i.e. flow of fluids, motion and texture of tissues, and structural makeup). They address health problems with a non-invasive system of medicine called, “Osteopathic Manual Medicine” in order to restore normal function in areas impaired by trauma, chronic illness, acute health problems, etc.

The Osteopath’s job is to “set” the body up to heal itself. To restore this normal function, the Osteopath gently applies a precise amount of force to promote movement of the bodily fluids, eliminate dysfunction in the motion of the tissues, and release compressed bones and joints.

Many of the problems that babies and children suffer are caused before, during and immediately after birth, and the child may be left with uncomfortable stresses within its head and body.

You can find extra details on these websites:

http://www.osteopathic.org/osteopathic-health/about-dos/Pages/default.aspx

http://www.osteopath.co.il/babies-children.php

According to this doctor something must have happened during the pregnancy (a trauma of some kind) that determined the onset of macrodactyly (starting from an inherited (genetic) predisposition to the disease). As with other conditions, not all the people who have a predisposition for a disease actually develop it. The human body has often the strength to self-heal and correct a defect.

Since this unbalance/negative strain  is still present in our child, according to doctor C. surgical treatment alone cannot be resolutive.

His suggestion is to find a doctor who is both an orthopedic and an osteopath, so that he/she can have a more global approach.

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