Registered Member of Osteopaths and Massage Therapist
Marco Banfi was born in Milan in 1965.
He graduated in Massage Physiotherapy at the Galeazzi Orthopedic Institute in Milan in 1991. After studying for six years at the Higher Institute of Osteopathy in Milan, he gained a Diploma in Osteopathy in 1999. Since then, he participated in several post-graduate specialization courses in Dental Osteopathy and, with Jean Pierre Barral, in Visceral Osteopathy.
Osteopathy is the healthy and natural therapeutic approach that focuses on the structure of the human body. It includes a series of very precise manual techniques treating medical disorders that prevent various parts of the body from performing their natural functions.
Osteopathy is the belief in good health as being the person’s natural state, and that disease is a phenomenon of the body's adaptation to a critical situation.
To the Italian public, it is a relatively new system of medicine, having first appeared in the United States just over a hundred years ago. It is a form of natural therapy growing in interest and potential. The particular and in-depth knowledge the osteopath has of the human body and its biomechanics, combined with advanced diagnostic and therapeutic methods, make it one of the most effective and original therapies in the art of healing.
Osteopathy comprises a set of three different types of treatments: structural, visceral and craniosacral.
This applies to all the problems of the osteo-articular and musculoskeletal structure, such as discopathy, herniated discs, sciatica, lumbago, back pain, postural problems, scoliosis, osteoarthritis, etc.
This applies to all ailments involving organic or secondary visceral dysfunctions from vertebral problems, as well as post-surgical adhesions that cause restricted mobility and motility of the bowels that may form the basis of the onset of musculoskeletal tensions and pains, visceral spasms of somatic origin, hiatal hernia, etc.
A holistic healing practice involving areas of pain, rehabilitation and neurology in the cranial sphere to gently treat migraines, headaches, sinusitis, temporomandibular joint problems, trigeminal neuralgia, tinnitus, etc.
MALOCCLUSION AND POSTURE
Cranial osteopathy and dentistry are two interrelated areas becoming increasingly widespread among professionals in the field.
MALOCCLUSION If we assume that all the structures of our body are closely related, we can also consider the mouth and jaw as integral parts of the body, so any changes in one of these parts will affect the body itself and vice versa.
Generally speaking, although neither the osteopath nor the dentist share the same professional know-how, they can, however, work together to solve their respective patients’ malocclusion problems.
The most common dental problems, which cause major mechanical changes in posture, include:
Localized dental pains
Teeth grinding (bruxism)
To compensate for an increase in muscle tension when chewing and swallowing, changes in the mandibular position can occur. This can lead to TMD (temporomandibular disorder) with the onset of pain and joint clicks and popping (crepitus), alterations in the relationship between the dental arches that will affect muscular contractions, affecting the posture and the myofascial (muscular) chains.
Therefore, the symptoms we osteopaths encounter in our work, potentially deriving from incorrect occlusion include:
Back pains in general
Lack of concentration
Orthodontic treatment in combination with osteopathic treatment is recommended, especially in children wearing dental appliances, to help the body better absorb the postural changes caused by the new occlusal situation that can, if not readily seen to, lead to various symptoms over time.
OSTEOPATHY IN SPORT
In a professional sporting context, performance represents the achievement of objectives of excellence on which competitors measure their progress. Sports performance, therefore, involves a set of biomechanical functions, emotional factors and training techniques.
Osteopaths help optimize the body’s biomechanical functions. Until recently, the sports person was only treated in the event of an injury. Now, however, osteopathy is used as a preventative measure to reduce the risk of injury beforehand.
The osteopath’s belief is that the body’s structure and function are interconnected. Careful analysis / diagnosis may reveal certain problems, essential for recovery from an injury but also to improve the athlete's potential.
In conclusion, identifying the nature and cause of a problem becomes essential to significantly improve the athlete's performance, predict the possibility of an injury, or speed up recovery from the same.