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Touch of relief

Dr. Eric Bauer, a cranio sacral osteopathic practitioner from France, was in Chennai recently, to create awareness about this time-tested therapy.

ALTHOUGH MANY would agree that India has had an unparalleled history as far as the approaches to medicine are concerned, many new therapies have been introduced from time to time. Recently, it was osteopathy that was introduced to the doctors in the city.

Eric Bauer, a cranio-sacral osteopathic practitioner from France, was in Chennai, at the invitation of the Art of Living Foundation, to create awareness about this time-tested therapy. The Art of Living Vyakti Vikas Kendra, Chennai, is a non-profit organisation that helps the socially underprivileged and conducts classes in meditation and yoga regularly.

Now, what is osteopathy? "It is a natural treatment where the therapists are skilled at discovering the underlying causes of pain. They identify the weak spots in the body and treat with massage, freeing the musculo-skeletal system to return to its normal natural state. And cranio (head) sacral (spine) osteopathy is a therapy that works on the bone structure of the body and its fluids in order to re-establish normal working condition," says Dr. Bauer.

Introduced by W.G. Sutherland and A.T. Still in the early 19th Century, "Cranio sacral osteopathy is a subtle yet extremely powerful therapy that uses light touch to restore balance of movement of cranial bones (bones of the head) and fluids of the body. It uses the patient's `cranial rhythm' (involuntary mechanism) for evaluation and treatment. And cranial rhythm is a cyclic expansion and contraction of all tissues of the body, but very different from that of the heartbeat".

With more than a decade of experience in this field, successfully treating numerous patients, Dr. Bauer says, "We are just in the initial phase of creating awareness among the doctors and the public as well. We conducted a few workshops at the Apollo Hospital and many orthopaedists were interested in the kind of treatment we gave to a few patients here."

An osteopath normally treats musculo-skeletal disorders, headaches, migraines, breathing difficulties and back aches, and the cranio sacral therapy which works from the cranium to the sacrum is helpful in treating arthritis, chronic pain, sports injuries, traumatic childbirth, depression, hyperactivity and hormonal disorders. Dr. Bauer says the osteopath does not prescribe any medicine nor does is there any use of injections. Thus, he does not treat the illness but stimulates the patient's natural healing process.

Dr. Bauer claims that he can detect the faint cranial rhythm with his hands and directly work on the central nervous system to treat the disorder. "Sometimes, the problem occurs like a chain reaction, a small pain in the foot could have been caused due to the improper functioning of some part of the head. We are able to diagnose this without the use of X-rays or other such equipment, although X-rays are taken later to supplement the results," he says.

"This therapy is very helpful in treating migraines. This could be called a preventive medicine than a therapy, as it helps to predict and avoid the problem before it occurs. In fact, talks are on with the MRF Pace Foundation to give periodic osteopathic treatment to the cricketers," says Dr. Bauer.

The French osteopath with the help of the Art of Living Foundation has already established two clinics in Bangalore, and plans to set up a school to teach osteopathy.

PRASSANA SRINIVASAN

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