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History and foundation of osteopathy

Was does the term Osteopathy means? “osteo” refers to “bones” and “pathy” to disease. This translation lets people thinking that Osteopathy only treats diseases to do with bones. However, this is only symbolic. The osteopathic evaluation and treatment look at the entire body and its many functional disorders.
The founder of Osteopathy Andrew Taylor Still

Osteopathy was developed in the 19th century by an American doctor Dr. A.T. Still. He was aware that disorders are the expression of the body themselves originating from a lack of capacity of healing itself. Instead of fighting against local symptoms, he then looked for the cause of the disorders and introduced the idea of a medicine that would look the body as a whole. Dr. A.T. Still further discovers that all the restrictions of our body can lead to a poor blood supply, responsible for reducing the ability of self-healing. This is the strength of Osteopathy to find the cause and to treat the involved body structures.

Not only joint mobility can be restricted, but also organs, glands, muscles, nerves, vessels etc. Instead of treating the local symptoms, Dr. A.T. Still normalizes the loss of mobility and reactivate the forces of self-healing within the body. All along, Osteopathy was steadily developed and adapted with every new evidenced-based medical discovery; and yet it still remains nowadays true that all different body systems in our organism are interdependent. Only that way can optimally function each of our body parts when respecting the following conditions:

— a good blood supply
— a good mobility and without functional restrictions of our organs
— a good joint mobility free of muscle tensions
— an optimal nervous and hormonal systems
— a balanced psychological state
— a sufficient nutritional supply

The causes resulting from a loss of body mobility are multiple:
Sprains, tears, inflammations, surgeries (scars) and also nutritional and poor life habits that lead to restricted mobility. A slight lack of mobility of an organ or joint can be the cause of a functional disorder!

The goal of the Osteopath is to identify the primary cause of the main disorder and to treat it.

Training of an Osteopath

An Osteopath holds the officially recognized title of D.O. This title is a professional guarantee that ensure the patient that the therapist received the required five years long training before becoming an Osteopath.

Following this five theoretical and practical training, the Osteopath needs to complete a research-based thesis. This process only can ensure the high quality of an osteopathic care.

How does an Osteopath treat?

Depending on the primary cause of the problem or type of dysfunction, the Osteopath has a large spectrum of therapeutic manual tools. The patient’s needs determine the type of treating techniques being used ranging from soft to more manipulative ones.

The three main areas where these techniques apply are:



The parietal Osteopathy is made of the musculoskeletal system (bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints)



The craniosacral Osteopathy refers to the nervous system (content and container) as a whole from the head to the tailbone.



The visceral Osteopathy refers to organs as well as the vascular, lymphatic networks and nervous structures in direct interrelation to them.
The Osteopath examines manually the functional restrictions of these three systems.


Who am I?

After completion of my Physiotherapist training in Nancy (France) 1992, I built up my first experience as therapist for the French army and several clinics in the French Alps. After the recognition of my diploma in Canada, I worked as Physiotherapist in Sudbury, Toronto and Oshawa (Canada). During that time, I improved my skills by competing several manual therapy and acupuncture courses. In 1998 I start the 5 years long training at the Canadian College of Osteopathy in Toronto where I completed successfully in 2003. In 2006, in front of an international jury, I defended my thesis that received the price of best qualitative research based osteopathic work. In the following years I became self-employed after opening my clinic of Osteopathy and Physiotherapy. After my move to Switzerland, I worked for a large renowned multidisciplinary osteopathic and alternative medicine clinic where I deepened my knowledge and my palpatory skills while attending post-graduated courses with internally know Osteopaths like P.Druelle and J.P. Barral. Inn 2013-2014 I open my clinic „Praxis für Osteopathie Nicolas Begel“ in Vienna. I wish to provide you with my continuous will to improve my osteopathic experience to tailor a solution for your problem out of the two convenient locations in the Rudolfinerhaus and Europlaza.

Since 2014, I take care osteopathically of the ASV Vienna water-polo team (playing in the Austrian first league). Mike Fasching, the chief trainer of the Vienna club and of the national Austrian team supports and the osteopathic care of the players whom mostly suffer from shoulders repetitive strains.


Water polo (1. Division France, 1988-92)

Aircraft pilot license, aerobatics


High school graduation category C (Mathematics, Physics), Nancy, France.

1989 – 1992
Physiotherapist training at “l’école de masseur-kinésithérapeute de Nancy«, France, diploma in June1992

Member of the Ontario and Canadian Physiotherapy Association (Canada)

Member of the College of Physiotherapist of Ontario

1998 – 2003
5 years osteopathy training at the “Canadian College of Osteopathy«, Toronto, Canada

2003 – 2006
Diploma of Osteopath D.O. following the presentation of my thesis entitled: »The effect of Osteopathic treatment of the attachment sites of the core link on static and dynamic posture«, Toronto, August 2006.
“William Garner Sutherland” thesis award (best quantitative osteopathic research based thesis).

2006 – 2008
Member of the Ontario Association of Osteopath

2008 – 2013
Member of EMR, ASCA, EGK.
Member of the college of Osteopath of Switzerland

Since 2011
GDK (Swiss committee of the intercantonal health direction) successful of the required board exam.

Equivalence of diploma as physiotherapist, federal ministry of health, Vienna, Austria (13.09.2013)

Member of the Austrian Society for Osteopathy

Complementary courses

»Manipulation Struturelle Tissulaire – Advanced«, David Lachaize, WSO, Wien (Österreich) 01/2023

»Das Gehirn, die Viszera und die faszinierende Funktion des Nervus Vagus«, Philipe Druelle, DOK, Deutschland, 07/2022

»Endokranial Spasmen transgeneragtionellen Ursprungs Teil III«, Phillipe Druelle, DOK, Deutschland 11/2021

»MBA Esssentials«, London School of Economics and Political Science, 04-06/2021″

»HMX Fundamentals – Immunology« , Harward Medical School, Online Learning, 03/2021

»Psycho-neuro-immuno-endocrine« , Bernard Daraillans, Cabestany, France 04/2019

»Le Cerveau«, Bernard Daraillans, Cabestany, France, 01/2019.

»Certificat de Compétence: Ostéopathie et Conscience«, Bernard Daraillans, Cabestany, France, 12/2018.

»Intégration Osteopathie et Conscience: La Methodologie«, Bernard Daraillans, Cabestany, France, 12/2018.

»La Face: par la face le cerveau regarde le monde«, Bernard Daraillans, Cabestany, France, 06/2018.

»Manipulation Structurelle Tissulaire«, David Lachaize, Berlin, Deutschland, 01/2018.

»Comment relier l’esprit , l’âme et le corps«, Bernard Daraillans, Cabestany, France, 10/2017

»Gestion des émotions«, Bernard Daraillans, Cabestany, France, 06/2017

»Manipulation Structurelle Tissulaire (LWS, Becken, Bein)«, David Lachaize, Wien, österreich, 05/2017

»Osteo biodynamique et champs morphogéniques«, Bernard Daraillans, Cabestany, France, 12/2016

»La biomécanique, La biodynamique, la biocinétique«, Bernard Daraillans, Cabestany, France, 10/2016

»Master Class: der sanfte Thrust Wie man Listening und HVT kombiniert«, David Lachaize, Wien, Österreich 05/2016

»Neuroplastizität, Psychologie und die wahre Natur des Patienten zur Aktivierung des Heilungprozesses«, Philippe Druelle, FrauenInsel, Deutschland, 02/2016

»Pädiatrie und Osteopathie«, Internationalen & interdisziplinären Symposium der Osteopathie, Berlin, Deutschland, 11/2015

»Technique d’absorption de hernie discale lombaire«, Alain Gehin, Paris, France, 10/2015

»Manipulation tissulaire structurelle – cycle vertébral exclusif«, David Lachaize, Paris, France, 04/2015

»Manuelle Mobilisation der Gelenke III«, Jean-Pierre Barral, Salzburg, Austria, 05/2014

»New manipulative approach of the upper extremity«, Jean-Pierre Barral, Gallargue, France, 02/2013

»The presence of the consciousness in Osteopathy. Workshop to communicate with the inner physician”, Bernard Daraillans, Montréal, Canada, 06/2012

»History taking and clinical examination in Osteopathy”, Arnaud Rey Lescure, Montreux, Switzerland, 10/2011

»New manipulative approach of the spine”, Jean-Pierre Barral, Fraueninsel, Germany, 02/2011

»Endocranial spasms part II”, Genevieve Forget, DOK, Rohrdorf, Germany, 11/2009

»Module V: Nutrition«, Jesse De Groodt, Küssnacht am Rigi, Switzerland, 04/2009

»Advanced visceral manipulation and cutaneous referrals«,
Jean-Pierre Barral, Frauenchiemsee, Germany, 02/2009

»Module III: Cervical, Thoracic, Ribs and their visceral relationships«, Jesse De Groodt, Küssnacht am Rigi, Switzerland 01/2009

»Module I: Sacro-iliac, pubic symphysis , Sacrum, lumbar spine«, Jesse De Groodt, Küssnacht am Rigi, Switzerland, 09/2008

»Clinical instruction for treatment«, Claude Chaufour, DOK, Rohrdorf, Germany, 07/2008

»Emergency techniques«, Robert Rousse, SICO, Switzerland 05/2008

»European Federation of National Associations of Orthopaedics and Traumatology (EFORT) Congress«, Nice, France, 06/2008

»Embryology course«, Brad McCutcheon, Swiss International College of Osteopathy (SICO), Herstenstein, Switzerland, 05/2008

»Treatment of chronic pain in Osteopathy«, Philippe Druelle, Frauenchiemsee, Germany, 02/2008

»Endocranial dynamics, the Treatment of the encephalon and its impact on the mechanisms of the body, Endocranial spasms 1«, Druelle, Forget, Montreal, Canada, 06/2007

»Paediatric approach«, Dr V.Fryman, P.Druelle, Osteopathic International Symposium, Toronto, Canada, 09/2003

»Specific Adjustment Techniques part 1«, Gerald Lamb, Montreal, Canada, 04/2001

»Functional techniques«, Steve Sandler, Osteopathic International Symposium, Toronto, Canada, 09/1998

»E2 E3 Lower limb«, Kay Yardley, Chris Bradley, Hamilton, Canada, 06/1998

»E2 E3 Upper Limb«, B. Pathfield, Barrie, Canada, 03/1998

»Acupuncture Part 1«, Acupuncture Fundation of Canada, Toronto, Canada 02/1998

»V2V3 Lumbo-sacral«, W.Aspinal, Toronto, Canada, 04/1997

»Assessment and Treatment of the shoulder girdle«, Pathfiled, Sudbury, Canada, 10/1996

»V2V3 Cervico-Thoracic«, W.Aspinal, Toronto, Canada, 09/1996

»E1V1«, M.Fanaki, North York, Canada, 02/1996

»Myofascial chains«, L.Busquet , Dijon, France, 1994 – 1995

3 years of the sport medicine programme 3 years part-time in sport medicine, Medical University, Bobigny, France, 1992 – 1995

Professional Experience

since 03/2022
Director Balance And Motion Health Center

01/2014 – July 2023
Self-employed in my clinic “Praxis für Osteoapthie” Nicolas Begel Im Wien

Since 10/2013
Self-employed in my clinic “Praxis für Osteopathie”, Vienna

07/2008 – 12/2013
Praxis für Osteopathie & Homöopathie De Groodt (Küssnacht am Rigi, Switzerland), Full-time Osteopath

10/2002 – 06/2008
Total Osteopathy & Physiotherapy Rehab (Oshawa, Ontario, Canada),
Self-employed in my own clinic

10/1999 – 09/2002
Glazier Physiotherapy & Sport Medicine Centre (Oshawa, Ontario, Canada), employed as Physiotherapist.

01/1998 – 10/1999
Kipling Heights Rehabilitation Centre (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
Employed as Physiotherapist

09/1995 – 01/1998
Sudbury Physio Centre (Sudbury, Ontario, Canada, employed as Physiotherapist Clinic manager of the Val Caron location

07/1995 – 08/1995
Mc Kendrics Rehabilitation Services (Welland, Ontario, Canada), Locum position for 2 weeks as Physiotherapist.

01/1995 – 06/1995
Cabinet de Masseur-Kinésithérapeute Mme Burckel (Saint-Dié, France), Employed as Physiotherapist

09/1994 – 01/1995
Clinical residency (part of the equivalence process of my physiotherapist diploma) Chedoke – Mc Master Hospital (Hamilton, Ontario, Canada), for 18 weeks split in 3 Modules: traumatology, cardiology und Pulmonary, Neurology

1993 – 1994
Locum position as Physiotherapist for several clinics in the region Lorraine, France.

10/1992 – 07/1993
Physiotherapist for the compulsory military service for the French air force, Strasbourg, France

1991 – 1992
Residency as Physiotherapist in Sancellemoze (traumatology), Metz (hand surgery), Laxou (traumatology, rheumatology), Hyères (neurology, pediatry), France

1990 – 1991
Residency as Physiotherapist in Metz (cardiology), Sancellemoze (traumatology, pulmonary), Lay St Christophe (neurology)


Indications of treatment


The musculoskeletal system

Cervical lesions following trauma (Whiplash)
Neck pain, lower-back pain, sciatic pain
Joints restrictions
Postural related pain
Chronic pain
Scar treatment
Jaw pain

Acute pain in a shoulder at the young women.


Coordination improvement
Mobility and performance enhancement
Recovery time improvement
Muscle tension
Inflammation of tendon
Tennis elbow, Golf-elbow
Plantar fasciitis

Triathlete running out of the water

Uro-genital, Woman, Man

Pre-menstrual syndrome
Menstrual or menopausal pain or disorders
Disorders related to pregnancy
Preparation before delivery
Post-partum disorders (Depression)
Erectile dysfunction
Urinary dysfunction

Doctor ausculating a pregnant woman's tummy

Children, Babies

Sleeping problem
Colic, Constipation
Skull deformities
Congenital Torticollis
Chronic ear infection
ADS, learning disabilities
Speech disabilities
Scoliosis or growing pain
Treatment associated to orthodontic work
Preventive osteopathic treatment for newborns

A preventative check-up after the delivery is advisable.

Baby massage

Organs Viscera

Constipation, blooding
Food intolerance or allergies
Breathing difficulties
Functional cardiac disorders
Skin disorders (Neurodermitis)


Headaches, migraines
Stress, burnout
Clinical depression
Poor sleep quality
Carpal canal syndrome
Trigeminal neuralgia
Dizziness, drowsiness
Difficulties following cerebral concussion
Neuro-vascular syndrome (Thoracic outlet syndrome)
Morton’s neuroma

Health Insurances

We advise you to contact your insurance company regarding reimbursing the cost of the osteopathic treatment.

Osteopathy is a manual therapy. When it is billed as physiotherapy treatment, the cost can then be billed under physiotherapy. In this case, you would need a physician prescription in order for your health insurance to approve the reimbursement.

Several private insurances cover at least part of the cost of an osteopathic treatment. »Merkur«, »Uniqa« or »Wiener Städtische« for example offer an osteopathic coverage.



Open: Monday to Friday

Easily accessible by public transport, the Severin office is a multidisciplinary clinic called: Balance & Motion Health Center located in the 9th district close to the medical University.

Within the premises of this authentic Viennese Apartment building, I offer high quality Osteopathic care. Physiotherapy, Pilates and Spiral dynamics are also available.



»After months of post-surgical pain and very restricted mobility, my health improved tremendously after the first treatment. The pain decreased and the mobility was quickly fully recovered. It had been a while that I felt myself so good.«

Heidi D., Klosterneuburg

»Mr. Begel’s treatment approach is very competent, with high professional expertise and taking care of his patient. I thank Mr Begel to remedy to my neck and lower-back pain. He listens to you and has patience. Mr Begel can always help and everyone can ensure to be taken care by the best hands.«

Herta Münzker, Klosterneuburg

»Mr Begel sucessfully managed not only to ease my pain but to entirely cure it. More effective than most of conventional therapies, the treatment goal aims at treating the cause of a disorder where the body will be assessed as a whole and the focus won’t only be on the symptoms. His treatment techniques are soft, completely painfree, and each of you will feel at ease in his hands. I am a very satisfied patient and I can highly further advise him as an Osteopath.«

Dr. Verena Stockhammer, Oberärztin der orthopädischen Abteilung Landesklinikum Mistelbach, Fachärztin für Orthopädie und orthopädische Chirurgie



Praxis für Osteopathie

Severin – Balance & Motion Health Center
Severingasse 1, Top 6, 1090 Wien

U6 Währinger | tram lines 5-33-38-42

By appointment 
Phone 01 4029793 (Reception available Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8:30 to 13:30)



Osteopathic services at the “Europlaza” clinic in the 12th district will no longer be available as July 31, 2023.

I am exclusively working at Balance & Motion in the 9th district


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