*Soft Tissue/Fascia Manipulation.
The Manual Osteopath uses soft tissue manipulation in many different ways. In general, they use it to evaluate the condition of tissues and to help the body’s fluids, such as blood and lymphatic fluid, flow smoothly. Keeping fluids flowing smoothly reduces harmful fluid retention and makes the body’s immune system more effective. Fascia is a connective tissue found in all parts of the body. It connects all of the body’s structures at both superficial and deep levels. Practitioners evaluate the fascia to find areas of restriction and then use soft tissue manipulation to make sure the length and tension of the fascia are properly balanced. Throughout the treatment, Manual Osteopaths keep checking on the state of the body’s tissues. If one technique isn’t working to correct a
restriction they simply use another approach instead. Above all, Manual Osteopaths aim is to restore health without over-treating.
*Osteopathic Articular Technique – Lensen Technique
Manual Osteopaths use the Lensen Technique, which is an advancement of Onsen Technique to reduce muscle spasms near a joint, to ease neurological irritations around a joint, to make joints more mobile and to reduce pain and discomfort. The articular technique involves gently moving two joint surfaces using the clients own isometric muscle contraction ability. Before doing this, Manual Osteopaths carefully prepare the soft tissues around the treatment area. They also move the patient into a position that will minimize or eliminate the energy and force needed to perform the manoeuver. Many patients find this gentle technique less forceful than joint adjustment techniques.
This is a very gentle Osteopathic technique and it requires the most experience to use it effectively. To learn this technique, Manual Osteopaths undergo intensive training. Through this training, their hands become sensitive to the cranial mobility and develop great precision in utilizing cranial techniques. Manual Osteopaths use this gentle technique to assess and treat the mobility of the skull and its contents. They may also use it to assess and treat the spine, the sacrum and other parts of the body. The goal of this technique is to adjust the body’s physiology by restoring balance to the circulation of the blood and other body fluids. Manual Osteopaths do this by treating the body’s inherent biorhythm. They are able to feel this rhythm in the client’s head, spinal cord and sacrum. Manual Osteopaths use the biorhythm to assess the patient’s condition and they may modify it during treatment.
Manual Osteopaths use visceral manipulation to treat organs and viscera of the body. This includes the lungs, heart, liver, spleen, kidneys, stomach, pancreas, intestines, bladder and uterus. Patients may feel pain in one or more of these organs or the viscera may be less pliable than it should be. Manual Osteopaths gently move the structures themselves and the fascia (or connective tissue) that surrounds them in order to restore full movement. Most clients treated with visceral manipulation only feel a gentle pressure of the Manual Osteopath’s hands but the corrections are powerful enough to improve the mobility of an organ, improve blood flow and help the organ function more effectively.
The above Manual Osteopathic manual techniques and approaches are used in a coordinated and rational fashion to slowly correct the client’s anatomy and physiology towards normal so that the client’s body can heal itself.