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Osteopathy is a manual, non-invasive, drug-free therapy that aims to improve the health of the entire body system by manipulating and strengthening the musculoskeletal framework.

Osteopathy was founded in 1874 by Andrew Taylor Still in the United States. It is based on a holistic concept of the human body where all the components of our organism interact together and influence each other. 

With the evolution of science and medicine, this pattern is known today as the bio-psycho-social system, which is becoming increasingly important in the management of chronic pain.

An osteopath focuses on the joints, muscles and fascia. The treatment aims to mobilise the musculo-skeletal structure and to stimulate the nervous, circulatory and lymphatic systems of the body.

Osteopathy is very effective on mechanical pain as well as in addition to other treatments on more complex pathologies and syndromes such as headaches, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome, etc.

Charbel J. Kortbawi, osteopath in the 16th district of paris is specialized in the care of adults, seniors, athletes and pregnant women.

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Decreased joint or muscle flexibility will affect the performance and may lead to injury. The osteopath will facilitate the return to optimal function and prevent the appearance of compensatory tensions. This will minimize recurrences and allow for a quicker return to physical activity.


Osteopathic treatment involves safe, gentle and effective manual techniques. These techniques help improve elasticity, strength, endurance, mobility and performance.

Charbel Jean Kortbawi, Osteopath in Paris 16, will be able to offer a treatment based on the latest scientific recommendations in sports medicine, as well as advice and exercises adapted to each patient according to his activity.


All the great athletes and teams like Roger Federer, Raphael Nadal, Cristiano Ronaldo and Pierre-André Bosse are monitored weekly by an osteopath.

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Neck & Back Pain

Spinal pain (neck pain, back pain and low back pain) are the most common musculoskeletal conditions treated in osteopathy.

Up to 95% of this pain is described as mechanical in nature, meaning that the underlying cause is a functional abnormality, rather than an inflammatory disease, tumor, or manifestation of visceral disease.


Therefore, osteopathic manual medicine is a useful tool in the diagnosis and therapeutic management of various mechanical disorders of the spine.

Charbel Jean Kortbawi, Osteopath in Paris 16 offers osteopathic treatment for acute neck and back pain of mechanical origin.

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Osteopathy and Pregnancy

During pregnancy, your body will undergo major changes in a relatively short period of time. In order to adapt to the mechanical changes, your body releases a hormone called relaxin. This allows ligaments throughout your body to soften and stretch, helping your posture adapt as your baby grows.

If your body is adapting well to this increase of abdominal volume and weight, you will generally experience minimal pain and discomfort. If your body is struggling to adapt to these changes, excessive stress  on your spine, neck and shoulders will cause pain and discomfort.


Osteopathic treatment during and after pregnancy is safe and can be beneficial in several ways:

  • Relieve some of the physical discomforts of pregnancy, such as lower back pain, sacroiliac joint pain, neck pain, etc.

  • Preparing joints and muscles for the demands of labor.

  • Help the mother to recover after birth.

Migraines et céphalées

Migraines and Headaches

What does the osteopath treat: migraine or tension headache?

Tension headache is the most common headache. It is usually a diffuse, mild to moderate, bilateral pain in the head, often described as a feeling of tension around the head. It is the tension headache that responds the most to treatment in osteopathy and manual therapy.

The most common theory supports an increased sensitivity to pain in patients. Increased muscle tenderness, a common symptom of tension headaches, can result from a sensitized pain system.

The osteopath will have a major role in reducing pain by relaxing the muscles of the neck, head and jaw. 

Acute migraine without aura may also be an indication for osteopathic treatment. 

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Jaw Pain

Temporomandibular muscle and joint disorders, commonly known as 'TMJ', are a group of conditions that cause pain and dysfunction in the jaw joint and the muscles that control jaw movement.

Signs and symptoms of TMJ disorders can include:

  • Pain or tenderness in your jaw

  • Pain in one or both temporomandibular joints

  • Pain in and around your ear

  • Difficulty chewing or pain when chewing

  • Painful facial pain

  • A locking of the joint, making it difficult to open or close the mouth

The osteopath, in collaboration with a specialized dentist, will have a major role in reducing pain, releasing the jaw muscles and maintaining a functional range of motion of the joint.

Fibromyalgie et douleur chronique

Fibromylagia and chronic pain

Fibromyalgia is a disease characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue and sleep disturbances.

Fibromyalgia is a complex syndrome: multidisciplinary treatment with lifestyle changes is needed to achieve better results.

Osteopathy will have a major role in decreasing pain sensation by releasing painful trigger points, stretching muscles and increasing joint mobility.

Charbel Kortbawi, Osteopath in Paris 16, specializes in the management of chronic pain. He will be able to offer fibromyalgia patients the appropriate osteopathic treatment as well as essential advice for the management of the disease. 

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