Traditional osteopathy in Barcelona

Definition of osteopathy - Our practice

What is osteopathy and where does it come from?

Osteopathy was born in the United States at the end of the 19th century. It was created by Andrew Taylor Still who elaborated this concept after a long research and many questions about health and life.

His personal history was marked by the death of those closest to him (his wife and four of his children), events that triggered his desire to find new ways of healing.

Osteopathy pregnancy, Marina caring for a pregnant woman

Our osteopathic approach

"Medicus curat, natura sanat", (the doctor cures, nature heals).

The osteopath accompanies the tissues with his hands to allow the body to harmonise.

It is based on several principles:

  • the hand, our only tool for analysis and treatment
  • the notion of the globality of the individual (the body is one)
  • the interdependence between structure and function
  • self-regulation of the body


Our lifestyle, repetitive movements, stress, trauma of all kinds, emotional shocks, psychological and nervous tensions are often the cause of so-called "functional" pain.

Osteopathy is effective in this type of functional tensions and does not address "organic" pain, i.e. pain related to established pathologies.

Osteopathy allows to rebalance - in parallel or not to a medical treatment - the different systems of the body, most of the time in relation to the vertebrae. For this reason, we treat the areas where the pain originates and not necessarily the painful areas.

"Osteopathy is a science, an art and a philosophy".

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Why traditional osteopathy?

"Only the living tissues of the body know the truth".

We want to remain faithful to the principles of the founders of osteopathy, especially those of A.T. Still, W.G. Sutherland and R. Becker.

Osteopathy is a traditional medicine based on a precise anatomical knowledge and a holistic philosophy. It is based on a global vision of the human being (body, soul, spirit) and not only on a mechanical vision.

Once osteopathic treatment is completed, the body can regulate itself without external intervention.

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Allow the inner vital function to manifest its unfailing power, rather than applying blind force from the outside.

Our therapeutic contract with the patient

Our aim is to restore the overall balance of the organism, called homeostasis. 

Our wish is to allow the body to regulate itself. The quality of our osteopathic work depends on our ability to release the deep tensions that hinder this self-regulation. We are interested in everything that can unbalance the human body and we opt for a long investigation.

We work closely with other therapists, in particular with psychotherapists (mainly from the Gestalt approach) because it often seems that the deepest and most persistent tensions of the body have emotional origins (unconscious emotions, often related to the patient's experience).

We systematically give advice on lifestyle, supplements, exercise and stretching after the session.

It is against our personal code to give osteopathic sessions to the same patient every month for the same problem or pain. Our aim is to achieve the autonomy and responsibility of the patient. However, at the beginning, in some particular cases (such as acute pathologies) it is necessary to see the patient for a regular follow-up.

Our aim is to empower the patient.

Osteopathy is a therapy that is fundamentally oriented towards prevention.

We recommend that you consult the osteopath 2 or 3 times a year to prevent the appearance of tensions and adaptations, rather than only in case of severe pain, which will require more work and therefore more sessions.

Frequently asked questions

After an osteopathic session the body does a "reset", sometimes the pain increases or the area changes.

It is like a zip that sometimes has to be closed to be opened again.

The pain is usually muscular after a session, as it often needs time to relax, especially if the blockage/pain has lasted for a long time.

Sometimes it takes two sessions to see results, but in most cases the pain disappears or is reduced 48 hours after the session.

Fatigue is perfectly normal.

The relaxation of the neurovegetative nervous system often results in a great need for rest after the session.

It is also important to remember that a movement requires a lot of energy, so all the adjustments we make during a session that seem so gentle will push the body to readjust in a very deep way, so it will take energy from your body.

So, ¡get some rest!

Our vision of health means that we are opposed to seeing people every month. This goes against our philosophy.

Most patients feel much better after the first session and have no more pain after the second session.

During your session, we will systematically give you our point of view on the number of sessions to be carried out: it is our therapeutic pact, our commitment to you. If necessary, we will give you a new appointment directly.

In some cases of various and/or major pains, we will probably need more sessions more or less spaced out over time depending on what we notice in the body.

Our experience shows that 2 to 3 sessions are needed to completely balance the system. 

We advise pregnant women to attend from the third month of pregnancy, and then in the seventh or eighth month, depending on their needs.

The first session is usually the one that allows us to "prepare the body" for pregnancy and the changes it entails. The second session is the preparation for the birth. We check that everything is in order, especially the pelvis, in preparation for a vaginal birth.

We advise young parents to bring their newborns as soon as possible after birth. Ideally within the first two weeks of life.

For young mothers, it is better to wait 40 days after the birth to go for a consultation. EXCEPT in the case of severe pain: coccyx, lumbar or stomach pain.

Osteopathy is a valuable aid in parallel to many medical treatments: treatment of insomnia, depression, thyroid disorders, blood pressure disorders, migraines etc.

In the case of chemotherapy or radiotherapy treatments, osteopathy is an important and highly recommended ally.

We do not recommend that patients attend a session if they have an infection with or without fever, and we recommend that parents wait a few days to make an appointment after vaccinating infants and children.