Osteopathy was a theme totally foreign to me. I honestly discovered that it even exists as a distinctive area of medicine two weeks ago. My brother's wife is currently studying it and was telling me about the "miracles" of manipulation, how one could cure almost anything through it. I had a unknown knee injury (now I know it is a severed ACL) and she was telling me about how my pain was referred in the knee, but the cause could be in the spine or in any structure other than the knee itself. It was ok until that. But she started telling me about visceral manipulation, and curing nervous and vascular diseases through it. She told me about some "big-shot" Osteopath that even restored a woman's fertility after realizing, through manipulation alone, that her ovaries were receiving "less blood" from it's main artery, and then, again through manipulation, he restored it's blood flow.
I mean, I tried not to be disrespectful or anything, but it surely looked like a bunch of pseudoscience to me. I tried to find articles about it, but sure "osteopathy" means "bone disease", so it was pretty hard to find one that didn't use the word in this sense. I saw information on other places regarding the absence of actual evidence that this type of therapy could treat visceral conditions. Combine that with my sister-in-law's telling me that the materials and references that they used are not available for anyone who doesn't goes through the course, and that makes a great case for Osteopathy being a kinda shady type of alternative medicine, akin to Chiropractic.
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