Osteopath

By: Rowland Benjamin (Bridgetown Osteopath)  05-Jul-2012
Keywords: Back Pain, Sports Injuries, Osteopaths

Osteopathy is a form of manual medicine or manipulation, in other words using the hands with muscle and joint manipulation techniques. Hydrotherapy is the application of heat or cold through the medium of water to increase or decrease blood flow, relax the patient, reduce fever and reduce localize inflammation or swelling. Manipulation includes a variety of techniques for muscles, tendons, fascia and ligaments. There are passive techniques, in other words solely done by the therapist, and there are active techniques, in other words done by the patient, and there are assisted techniques, in other words done by the therapist but assisted by the patient. Some of the osteopathic techniques that I use include: Kneading – rhythmic pressure perpendicular to muscle fibres, usually for relaxation Stretching – moving the two ends of the muscle apart to lengthen it (passive technique) Friction – firm pressure applied over a small surface area for breaking down adhesions. Springing – slow rhythmic repetitive pressure and release of a bone using a short lever. Articulation – repetitive movement usually using a lever taking the joint through its range of motion (passive technique) Muscle Energy Techniques – used to lengthen short muscles and increase the range of movement at joints (assisted technique) High velocity low amplitude thrust

Keywords: Back Pain, Chronic Pain, Exercise Therapy, Manipulation, Osteopaths, Sports Injuries

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