It’s a painful depression different from others, which attacks to the centrality of life: “The Work.”

It is expressed by a chronic discomfort, a kind of fuel exhaustion causing a risk of overheating resulting in chronic stress which results in discomfort in the “relationship” (family, work …).

Burnout gradually appears in 6 to 10 years on average before really firing.

The previous years involved in the outbreak are called “pre Burnout”.

More chronic depression resulting can lead to suicide.

We note 3 symptoms :

  • Emotional exhaustion
  • A dehumanization of the relationship: cynicism
  • A decrease of personal accomplishment with exhaustion

This pathology reaches more women than men engaged in aid activity, as carer, home help, nurse …

The causes are multiple, speed, poor organization, personal emotionality.

It is needed to take an early treatment, otherwise there is a higher risk of chronic depression, social alienation and disappointment.

Moreover, the work stopping is necessary and must be long term.

Psychotherapy and drug prescriptions accompanied by a physical and psychological support of carers from diverse backgrounds are the best treatment.

In osteopathy, it is to restart the machine and correct the various dysfunctions installed on shock or other, such as Wiplash that promotes a state of pre-Burnout.


The osteopathic Whiplash is an osteopathic injury mechanism found in following accidents such as :

  • falls (on the buttocks, on horseback)
  • car accidents

And for some osteopaths it even exists some emotional origins.

The brain can help to regulate the body, there may be tuned and change the primary respiratory mechanism (PRM), which will be more or less good quality.
There is a certain rhythmic pulsation of the body that osteopaths call “primary respiratory mechanism” (PRM). This involuntary movement of expansion / contraction – even when the body is at rest – take its source in the cerebrospinal fluid of the skull and would be transmitted to the whole body by the dura (hard membrane that surrounds the brain and marrow spinal) and fascia (fibro-elastic membrane composed of connective tissue that envelops the anatomical structures). With a rate from 12 to 16 cycles per minute, it would be expressed in microns and would be apparent in the whole body (by trained hands, of course).

Dure mère

According to the hypothesis, an individual also quite functional, but with a deficient PRM, could have trouble to start, to reach happiness and feel some heaviness in her body and in her thoughts. Through very fine manual mobilizations, most often performed on the skull, osteopaths may be able to “refocus” the bones and various structures to enable the PRM to regain its normal rhythm. There is also a discipline derived from osteopathy, cranial osteopathy, which specializes in these treatments.


About Noëlie Serries

Noëlie Serries - Ostéopathe à Cannes La Bocca