“When blood supply and nervous regulation are perfect, when all parts of the body move in concert and know what the others need – there is health in the body” – Andrew Taylor Still, the founder of osteopathy.
Osteopathic cosmetology is a sub discipline of osteopathic therapy aimed at restoring health to face tissues, natural colour and turgor of skin (capillary blood flow), optimal function (mimic muscles).
Aesthetic manual facial modelling is an alternative to surgical methods of rejuvenation and facial oval correction.
Action of face osteopathic modelling
In the case of osteopathic manual face modelling, a profound effect on the facial tissues and self-healing of the muscular facial core takes place. With the help of certain techniques, the specialist removes spasms, achieves muscular relaxation and enables the facial muscles to take a natural position.
Due to the deep impact on the tissue, lymph drainage occurs – the “pumping” of the intercellular fluid, the microcirculation of blood in the subcutaneous tissues improves, metabolic processes are activated. Skin tightens, acquires a healthy colour.
Osteopathic cosmetology suggests not trying to change the skin itself (i.e. the consequences), but to seek and eliminate the causes.
Causes of lymph stasis in the face
An important role in the deterioration of lymph flow in the face is played by uncompensated psychoemotional reactions leading to a protective spasm of facial muscles. In this regard, the metabolism of the tissue worsens and thus the spasmodic condition of facial muscles is aggravated – it is the most “reliable” way to acquire deep wrinkles, a second chin, “sliding cheeks and overhanging eyelids.” All this leads to an imbalance in the tone of the muscles and, accordingly, to the visible deformation of the face, a change in its expression. Deterioration of normal relationships and functions of the bones of the facial skull and especially the lower jaw also affects the drainage system of the facial soft tissues.
Special manual techniques restore the balance of muscles and ligaments in the face, neck and décolleté areas.
The appearance of aesthetic problems of the face and neck are due to three main factors:
- Myofascial dysfunctions (deterioration of tone, both in the direction of increase and decrease).
- Impaired lymph flow.
- Changes in the position of the facial skull.
The appearance of deep wrinkles due to deformation of connective tissue fibres is a consequence of these factors.
The causes of formation of face wrinkles
Wrinkles are pathological micro-spasms of mimic muscles, also often fixed by inadequate psychological attitudes – “personal facial masks” which are the basis for the formation of wrinkles, disruption of trophicity/”nourishment” of the skin with the formation of depletion areas, pigment spots.
For example: Consequences of stress. A person unconsciously clenches teeth, thus causing a spasm of the chewing musculature. When the distance between the upper and lower part of the chewing muscle begins to decrease, it is forced to deform and “curl.” Since it is attached to the bones with two ends, the skin of the cheek does not sag, but is pulled upward along with the muscle. At the same time, in the chin zone, the lower jaw falls down and changes its slope, as a result of this process, the skin of the “jowls” in the area of the lower jaw angle begins to appear saggy.
In the case of osteopathic manual modelling of the face, the specialist conducts a comprehensive impact in all levels:
- Intraosseous – the consequences of bruises and other head injuries that affect the state of the whole organism, our mood and behaviour are being worked out;
- Vessels – the vessels of the head are worked out, which improves not only the blood circulation in the facial tissues, but also in the brain, thus affecting the decrease in the level of depression, despondency, etc.;
- Neuro-endocrine – hormonal regulation of vital functions of the body occurs, which expands the possibilities of correction of many cosmetic problems, and allows you to receive pronounced and persistent positive aesthetic and somatic-psychic effects;
- Lymphatic – lymphatic drainage improves the circulation of lymph and interstitial fluid, improving metabolic processes in tissues;
- Energy – on the face there are energy meridians associated with internal organs. The skin condition and muscle tone in the zone of passage of the meridian reflects the condition of the internal organ. Normalization of energy circulation improves the general condition of the body, improves the work of internal organs;
- Psychodynamic techniques allow you to normalize your internal state and “bring everything back to normal”, including correction of states that are described by the words “I lost my temper,” “the head is out of place,” etc.
- Soft manual techniques allow you to make fibrous muscles more elastic, reduce wrinkles and lines on the face;
The result of the course of osteopathic face modelling:
- Improved colour, firmness of the skin;
- Improved contour of the face, lips;
- Reduction of swelling and bags under the eyes;
- Increase in the mobility of facial muscles,
- Correction of the second chin;
- Reduction of deep wrinkles;
- Restored symmetry of the face.
Indications for osteopathic modelling of the face
Modelling of the face with the osteopathic exposure is recommended to be carried out in order to eliminate the following aesthetic defects:
- Puffiness of the face;
- Pastosity of eyelids and whole face;
- Decreased muscle tone;
- Dryness and flabbiness of facial skin;
- Asymmetry of the corners of the mouth, eyes;
- Myofascial reversible deep and fine wrinkles;
- Double chin;
- Tension of mimic and chewing muscles;
- Greasy shine, acne, pimples, enlarged pores.
Contraindications to osteopathic modelling of the face
- Oncology and oncology in remission;
- Blood diseases;
- Bad feeling;
- Diseases of the respiratory system;
- Exacerbation of herpes;
- Cutaneous eruption in the area of exposure;
What can be called a “disease” of tissues from the position of osteopathic cosmetology?
We can call the “disease” of tissues the following states:
- Puffy cheeks;
- Swellings under the eyes;
- Double chin;
- Network of wrinkles;
- Bite distortion.
The reason for all these conditions is precisely in the deterioration of blood supply, lymph drainage and innervation (supply of organs and tissues with nerves, which ensures their connection with the central nervous system).
Unfortunately, there are many variants of wrinkles and various distortions, and in each specific case it is necessary to understand them individually.
The benefits and effects of osteopathic face modelling
Aesthetic facial correction is a good opportunity to create a healthy foundation for inner attraction and strength.
Methodology of the osteopathic aesthetic protocol “Attractive Face”
- The duration of the procedure is 60 minutes.
- Frequency of procedures – 2 times a week.
- The minimum number of procedures is 3 – 5 (the number of procedures depends on the age of the patient and the condition of the facial skin);
- The optimal number of procedures is 5 – 8 (the number of procedures depends on the age of the patient and the condition of the facial skin);
- Positive changes are seen after 1-2 sessions.
It is recommended in parallel with osteopathic face modelling to undergo the procedure of lymphatic drainage massage (from the lumbar zone of the body to the feet) on the apparatus LimphoPress (Israel).