Osteopathic techniques

Soft-tissue technique

This osteopathy method is performed on the muscles surrounding the spine. It involves rhythmic stretching and deep pressure movements which dislodge and move excess fluids. This relaxes hypertonic muscles and myofascial (fibrous tissue) layers. Osteopaths may use the soft-tissue technique to treat conditions such as back and shoulder pain, sporting injuries, and anxiety and stress.

Lymphatic technique   

The purpose of this technique is to relieve upper and lower respiratory infections through improvement of lymphatic fluid circulation. Osteopaths use their hands to apply pressure to the affected chest wall. When the force applied reaches its maximum expiration, the practitioner will quickly remove their hands. This process increases negative pressure of the chest, helping the body’s respiratory mechanism to move lymphatic fluids.

Thrust technique 

This involves the application of a high-velocity/low-amplitude thrust to the joints and muscles. The aim is to restore movement and re-set natural reflexes.

Muscle energy technique   

During this procedure the patient is asked to use their muscles from a specific position in a specific direction. The osteopath will then apply a counterforce. This will restore motion and decrease tissue and muscle changes.

Counter strain   

Practitioners use the counter strain technique to identify tender points of a muscle spasm and reposition the body. This is to encourage changes in muscle and fascia surrounding muscles and organs. Counter strain aims to help patients move away from a restricted motion barrier towards the position of comfort. This gives relief to physical dysfunctions that are too sensitive or acute to treat with other procedures.

Myofascial release 

This technique aims to treat the myofascial structures. Osteopaths work by applying constant force to the myofascial tissues until release occurs. The dysfunctional tissues are guided along a path of least resistance until free movement is achieved.