This is the fundamental mainstream of osteopathic approaches and works on the principle that ‘structure governs function’ so by working on improving tissue compliance and blood-flow, we help the body to heal and maintain optimum function.
Using hands-on techniques and palpatory (touch) awareness, Osteopaths carry out a number of standard mechanical treatments including soft-tissue release (massage-type techniques such as kneading and stretching), articulation of joints, traction/ release, and springing/ thrusting joints to release them (in some cases producing a ‘pop’ or ‘click’ from the joint). David is also qualified to perform trigger-point release (applying pressure to specific ‘knots’ in soft tissue) and harmonic release (rhythmical oscillation of tissues).
These techniques are performed with a minimum of force and are generally considered to be safe and effective. In the effective application of some techniques, some people experience a degree of pain while the technique is being applied. Of course, we would never do anything to you without first discussing the treatment risks, benefits and alternative options.
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In the research literature, there is some overlap between the general approaches of ‘Spinal Manipulative Therapy’ (SMT) as opposed to specific OMT (Osteopathic Manipulative Therapy). Many of the studies look at specific modalities alone (such as HVT or articulation) and do not explore the general ’package’ of techniques delivered in a typical osteopathic consultation. It is also worth noting that the effectiveness of a treatment is based on the particular effect being explored. This may be restricted to an individual anatomical area (for example, looking at how OMT improves low back pain) as opposed to how an overall package of treatment (OMT, lifestyle modification, nutritional advice, stress management, etc.) might improve general well-being.
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NHS overview of Osteopathy: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/osteopathy/safety/