Osteopathy / Muscle & joint manipulation

By: Rowland Benjamin (Bridgetown Osteopath)  28-Jun-2012
Keywords: Back Pain, Neck Pain, Headaches

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. 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 – short, quick movements used to unlock joints in order to get them moving. I have chosen techniques that work, are safe and I trust. It is important for me that I use techniques that have a logical, scientific and mechanical basis for how they work, have been subject to scientific testing and research and there is evidence for their effectiveness.

Keywords: Back Pain, Chronic Pain, Headaches, Neck Pain, Spinal Pain, Sports Injuries

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Osteopathy is a form of manual medicine or manipulation.



Osteopathy is a form of manual medicine or manipulation - using the hands with muscle and joint manipulation techniques. Osteopaths work best treating chronic muscle and joint problems – in other words long-term, persistent or intermittent symptoms such as pain.