Who can undergo this type of examination?

Osteopathy is a way of detecting, treating and preventing problems caused by an individual’s muscles and joints. It extends to detecting functional disorders of the spine, musculoskeletal system, digestive system and autonomic nervous system. Certain problematic areas include: neck, shoulder, lower back, hips, legs, and pelvis. Osteopathy uses physical manipulation to relieve any muscle tension. By increasing the mobility of the joints, blood can flow freely and smoothly throughout the body, ensuring proper healing and treating certain health conditions.



Why undergo this type of examination?

Osteopathy approach was founded in Humanitas, under the Department of Recovery and Functional Rehabilitation, headed by Dr. Stephen Respizzi.

This approach strives to meet the patient’s needs and ensure a personal method to restoring function in the body by treating causes of pain and imbalance. The goal is to achieve functional recovery as soon as possible and return the individual to their normal, healthy state. In addition, there is also the possibility of assuming and developing new scientific findings in this area. Osteopathy, through the proper use of osteopathic medicine, shared principles, diagnosis and therapies with conventional medicine, strives to show the linkage between osteopathic physician and conventional medicine. The added value is the attention to functional diagnosis and treatment through the method mediation body whenever possible. This approach is aimed to identify whether the limits of mobility affecting structural elements of the body, can influence the patient’s condition. The treatment is very synergistic and complementary to work done by other specialists such as neurosurgeons, physiatrists, and rheumatologists – as it has been the experience of the Humanitas Medicine Service for over 10 years.

What does this type of examination entail?

The examination begins by firstly evaluating and monitoring the results obtained by an osteopathic physiatrist in an effort to:


  • Identify contraindications absolute/relative to treatment
  • Choose any other complementary therapies (such as physiotherapy treatment, individual rehabilitation project)
  • Compare results with physiotherapists on osteopathic techniques and methods best suitable to the individual’s specific needs and treatment


The examination continues on a path towards primary care/treatment from an osteopathic physiotherapist in close collaboration with a physiatrist, in order to evaluate the results obtained and determine the most appropriate form of treatment.