The Osteopathy Self-Help Book
By Torsten Liem and Christine Tsolodimos
How osteopathy works and promotes self-healing. With exercises for every day.
Publication date: 08.12.2021
Publisher: TRIAS Verlag
The inhabitants of the western industrialised countries are doing better than ever before: life expectancy is still rising, many people are still largely healthy and mobile at an advanced age.
At the same time, however, the number of people suffering from one or more of the major diseases of civilisation is increasing: Cardiovascular diseases, obesity, respiratory diseases, cancer, depression and other mental illnesses. All these diseases also have to do with our lifestyle: How we eat, how much exercise and sleep we get, whether our everyday life is rather hectic or balanced plays a big role.
Many are aware of this and want to change their lifestyle for the better. Perhaps this is also true for you. This book is meant to encourage and accompany you. It is based on the principles of osteopathy, the healing method in which I am trained and with which I have been working ever since. An essential feature of osteopathy is that diagnosis and treatment are carried out exclusively with the hands. The whole organism and the soul of the person are seen as a unit.
An important principle of osteopathy is "life is movement". Serious therapists (most of them) apply this principle in their professional life: They never consider themselves "fully trained", but are constantly learning - from their patients, at conferences, from medical professionals and from specialists in other disciplines. They try to find answers to the ever-changing questions they encounter on their professional path as practitioners.
Whether you are a doctor or an osteopath, one of the most important questions for practitioners of all disciplines is what they can do to make their patients feel better in the long run. This question is constantly on my mind, and I think I know part of the answer by now: my treatment is only worth half if the patient does not cooperate. I use osteopathy to bring structures and tissues in the body into motion. In this way, hardenings can be loosened - the healing process is initiated. In order for it to be completed, however, the patient must continue the movement - first in his or her own thinking and feeling. The desire must arise to set out on the path. To change one's life in such a way that one feels better in the long run. Maybe only small changes are necessary. But it may also be that someone has to "sacrifice" a lot for his physical and mental health that seems indispensable to him at the moment. For this to happen, the thoughts have to be set in motion.
That is why in this book you will also find a lot of interesting information about the organs and systems of the body, their tasks and functions. This should help you to make the right decisions for your well-being. And the body also needs to get moving. Because without movement there is no life. You will read about it again and again in this book.
But which changes really help in the long run? How do you take the first step and how do you persevere? Scientists all over the world are researching this. All of us, really everyone, can use their findings for our health. I brought myself up to date for this book and, despite my years of experience as a therapist, was sometimes surprised myself, downright thrilled, at how easy it can be to do something good for yourself. I would like to infect you with this enthusiasm. Read on! Get to know surprising "health makers". Learn what even small changes can do. And how big changes, which you may have tried a few times without success, can succeed the next time.
I myself am an osteopath. The book is therefore structured according to the five models of osteopathy. It is based on the principles and perspectives of osteopathy. Current medical findings are explicitly included. The important thing is: In this book, you are in the foreground. It is less about what osteopaths do and how - i.e. the exact description of osteopathic treatment techniques - but more about how you can activate, strengthen and stabilise your health and well-being on the basis of osteopathic principles, views, approaches and models.
If you are currently undergoing osteopathic treatment, this book provides the very practical understanding necessary for you to actively participate in the healing process and to lay the foundations for your healing as a team with your osteopath.
Your Torsten Liem