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Osteopath Zhivotov Vladimir Aleksandrovich
Graduated from the Northern State Medical University:
Clinical internship in the specialty “Obstetrics and Gynecology” at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Medical Faculty of the NSMU. He worked as an operating obstetrician-gynecologist.
In 2007-2011, he studied at the Institute of Osteopathy, Faculty of Medicine, St. Petersburg State University, and after graduation he received the title of doctor of osteopathy and the diploma of a chiropractor.
He participated in the annual international symposiums of the Osteopathy Open and numerous seminars on osteopathy from teachers from France, England and the USA. Among them are such distinguished osteopaths as Serge Zilberman, Serge Paoletti, Bruno Chikli, Nadine Picard, Stuart Court, Tajinder Deora, Francois Jabaku, Francois Amig, Leopold Beusque, François Alard, Gerard Monte, Jean-Pierre Guillaini.
In July-August 2011, he studied at the Osteopathy Center For Children in San Diego (USA) under the supervision of Viola Frayman, a student of Andrew Taylor Still, the founder of osteopathy. Since 2008, Vladimir is a member of the Osteopaths Register of Russia.
Reception at the osteopath
Before examining and treating the patient, the osteopath collects a history: asks about diseases, possible injuries or falls, and learns how the birth and pregnancy have proceeded. The last point is especially true for children who are brought to an osteopath at the reception: it is birth trauma that often causes many human diseases.
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After the history is collected, the osteopath moves to a visual examination. The doctor determines whether the patient has scoliotic changes or any other problems with the musculoskeletal system. Further, by palpation of the skull, the osteopath reveals the most significant injuries of the craniosacral system and body injuries in terms of their effect on the craniosacral system. Then the osteopath examines with his fingers the mobility of the sutures of the skull and the symmetry of the location of the cranial bones.
The position of the internal organs of the patient is evaluated by palpation at the osteopath’s reception, and, in case of its violation, correction is made. If the doctor revealed a violation in the position of the bones of the skull, then it restores mobility in the cranial sutures and corrects the location of the bones.
Already at the first admission, the osteopath conducts the first stage of treatment and can tell how many approximately sessions need to be done for a complete cure. This process cannot occur quickly due to the inertness of the tissues of the human body and takes often a long time, because after the treatment, parts of the body will tend to take the same position. In this regard, the course of the healing process will be undulating: the symptoms may return, but in a milder form until the body stably takes a new, comfortable position for it. The effectiveness and speed of treatment is determined by the degree of organic changes in the tissues.
Osteopathy and manual therapy: differences and similarities
There is an opinion that the osteopath and the manual therapist are one and the same. The so-called “chiropractor”. But these are two different specialties. A manual therapist is a neuropathologist or orthopedic traumatologist who has received a corresponding diploma in manual therapy. This specialist is always working in the area of pain, without regard to the distant causes of its occurrence. The osteopath considers the human body as a complex system, all elements of which are closely interrelated. Osteopathy attaches considerable importance to the proper functioning of all components of the nervous system, and above all – the brain and spinal cord and nervous system.
Manual therapist works quite hard and directly affects the sore spot. The osteopath works quite differently: first of all, work is carried out with the skull and pelvis. An osteopath during an examination reveals abnormalities in the body and their cause. As a rule, the blame for everything (pain in the back, head, neck, problems with internal organs, etc.) – mechanical damage, trauma to the skull or sacrum, once suffered by a person. The osteopath restores their normal position by mechanical action of the hands on the bones of the skull. The effect is also on the muscles – to equalize the balance, and on the internal organs – to restore their normal position.
Osteopathy has no contraindications – this technique can be applied from the first days of life, as well as to pregnant women. During osteopathic manipulations of a competent doctor, injuries and deterioration of health are excluded. While with improperly performed manual procedures, the course of the pathological process may deteriorate and squeeze intervertebral hernias. Manual therapy is used only in the period of exacerbation of diseases. Osteopathy can be used in the period of exacerbation, as well as for prevention.