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Osteopathy: what is it?

Osteopathic treatment will address your physical problems in a holistic way, incorporating your lifestyle and you as a person. We will consider your previous medical history, but will also spend time listening to you describe your aches, pain and any situations that have caused or aggravate the problem(s).

The short-term benefits are to relieve the pain and improve movement. You may also feel more relaxed. Long-term, the treatment will address the problems that may have annoyed you for a while and perhaps even give you a new lease of life.

Osteopaths do not prescribe medication; we believe, in many cases, your body has its own healing powers that will be facilitated through treatment to relieve pain, discomfort and immobility. However, we will not advise you to stop any treatment program or medication prescribed by a doctor or specialist.


As a health professional, osteopathic training in specialist osteopathy schools can last between 4 and 6 years, differing from schools and countries.

A referral is not necessary to see an osteopath. All qualified osteopaths are trained to give a differential diagnosis and will refer you to see your GP or a specialist practitioner if necessary - your health and well-being is always the priority for your osteopath.

It is illegal to describe oneself as an osteopath without being registered with the DRASS & DDASS and being listed in the 'répertoire ADELI', this guarantees patients that your osteopaths qualification comes from a regulated, reputable and recognised school.

ALL OSTEOPATHS ARE LEGALLY OBLIGED TO ATTEND CONTINUED PROFESSIONAL TRAINING COURSES. Ask your osteopath about their qualifications and training, and that they're up to date with their continued professional development as requested by the law and to ensure the best treatment. THE ABOVE SHOWS THEIR COMMITMENT TO THEIR PATIENTS.

Osteopaths use their highly trained skills of palpation (examination by touch) to detect dysfunction in joints, muscles, ligaments, tendons and nerves throughout the body and understand how this can affect everyday activity. Problems are often interconnected, and dysfunction in one part of the body will lead an osteopath to search for and possibly find related problems in another part - as the song goes, 'the knee bone is connected to the hip bone'. The cause of a problem could be a recent or old injury, postural strains, stress, or an underlying disease; it could well be a combination of these things.

Treatment is tailored to each individual

A range of techniques may be used:
  • cranial osteopathy (improving the fluid around the body) - cranial osteopathy is very gentle and is often used on babies and children but can also be used for chronic conditions.
  • fascia-therapy - functional release (gentle unwinding of tight fascia)
  • visceral techniques (working on abdominal organs to release tension)
  • soft tissue massage, articulation (passively moving your back, or arms or legs around), high velocity thrusts (better known as 'cracking and clicking'), visceral techniques (working on abdominal organs to release tension)

Based on your medical history and examination osteopaths are trained to give a clinical diagnosis and assess whether osteopathy treatment is appropriate. However, if we are concerned there may be an underlying medical condition referral will be recommended.

Advice on exercise, ergonomics and posture may also be offered in order to help you maintain the benefits of treatment and to help prevent recurring problems.

We help you take charge of your health. Sometimes it is difficult to take time for yourself and seeking osteopathic treatment can be an important step towards this.

In France, it is illegal to describe oneself as an osteopath if you are not registered with the DRASS ('Direction Régionale des Affaires Sanitaires et Sociales') who recognises exclusively osteopathy schools which are state approved.

osteopathy practice at Osteopilates

Marie Maubouché-Tinniswood is registered with the DRASS & DDASS, and is listed in the 'répertoire ADELI' (which lists all health professionals who are legally allowed to practice in France and its territories), this allows her to legally call herself an osteopath. She is a member of SFDO ('Syndicat Français des Ostéopathes').

Continued professional development is not only a legal requirement for every regulated osteopath but also a necessity in ensuring that patients benefit from the best possible treatment. Marie Maubouché-Tinniswood regulary attends osteopathy workshops at Sutherland Cranial College amongst others.

The osteopathy practice is situated in the Lauragais at La Caussade (district of Montgey), 8kms of Revel, not far from Puylaurens, Cuq-Toulza and Castelnaudary, between Toulouse, Castres and Carcassonne.
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For the answers to the most frequently asked questions we have created the FAQs page. If you have questions not covered by the FAQs page or if you wish to discuss further whether osteopathy can help you, Marie welcomes you to contact her.

For Wikipedia definition of osteopathy please visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osteopathy.
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