Interesting Facts

With the advent of industrialisation, and right through to the 20th century, there were schools of orthopathy in the English-speaking world. These orthopathic schools taught ideas for leading a healthy life. The aim was for working people to benefit from many forms of exercise and from healthy eating.

Florence Nightingale and Henry Ford were among the supporters of orthopathy.

  • From 1904 onwards, the American orthopaedist Joel Goldthwait published various works on the effect that posture, and bad posture, have on health, and on the resulting illnesses.
  • Ida Rolf, a biochemist from New York, developed the method of manipulating the fascia that is named after her (Rolfing), based on the works of Joel Goldthwait.
  • In the 1990s, the American osteopathic doctor and chiropractor Steven Typaldos was dissatisfied with the manual medical methods he had been taught. He developed his own method of diagnosis and therapy of the fascia, which he also called Orthopathic Medicine.

Today

  • In orthopathy, the fascia is seen as an organ. The fascia is organised microscopically and macroscopically by continuous tension forces and discontinuous compression forces according to the principle of tensegrity.
  • Orthopathy brings together all the national and international research findings on the subject of the fascia and includes them in practical treatment.

Diagnostics

Orthopathic diagnostics views you as a patient with your own individual symptoms, but also includes the results of laboratory tests and visual scans.

  • In orthopathy, the fascia is seen as an organ. The fascia is organised microscopically and macroscopically by continuous tension forces and discontinuous compression forces according to the principle of tensegrity.
  • Orthopathy brings together all the national and international research findings on the subject of the fascia and includes them in practical treatment.

Practical Treatment

An easy way to explain orthopathy is to say that it comprises the following therapeutic approaches:

  • The Fascial Distortion Model
  • The Gesret Method
  • Atlas Therapy
  • Fascial Fitness
  • Fascial Walk