Osteopathy is a therapy which focuses on the health of the whole body and aims for a balanced body. By using osteopathy, Jeroen Duenk will search for the weak links and the cause. He examines the body as a whole, not just a shoulder or a knee. It is all associated with each other.
Osteopathy distinguishes three systems: The parietal, the visceral and the craniosacral system. These systems have a certain degree mobility with regard to the space in which they are located and with respect to each other. This mobility is necessary for the body to function properly.
The parietal system
The parietal system consist of muscles, tendons, ligaments, the limbs and all their joints and the nerves. Especially the spine, which consists of many small joints, has a tendency to developing blockades. This has a great impact. Between these vertebrae, the nerves come out of the spinal cord to provide the corresponding part (muscles, blood vessels, bones, skin, organs etc.) with information.
Complaints arise due to a blockade and thereby causing symptoms (complaints) in the associated part of the vertebra. So besides a muscle problem, there may be a painful joint, but also a piece of skin that feels numb or is hypersensitive.
The visceral system
The visceral system includes all organs.
The organs are partly controlled by nerves that originate from the spinal cord. Due to a blockade of a vertebra, the horse can get problems to the corresponding organ, but vice versa too. The associated vertebra(e) can become blocked due to an organ disorder. Take, for example, a stomach complaint. This may cause a blockade in de area under the saddle, which can lead to a girthy horse or one that hates the saddle being put on.
The craniosacral system
The craniosacral system consists of the entire central nervous system, including the cerebrospinal fluid that flows back and forth. The craniosacral system is a whole. It is surrounded and protected by the bones of the skull and the spine, down to the bottom of the sacrum. The nervous system is located within the cranio-sacral system. A certain degree of mobility is required throughout the body in order for it to function optimally.
By the pumping of the craniosacral system, the cells are continuously administered 'fresh fluid'. After using this fluid, which in the meantime has accumulated waste, it is absorbed into the bloodstream. If the rhythm is disturbed by a physical or emotional 'injury', it impedes the flow in the body, which has a negative effect on health.