What we do
Soft Tissue Techniques
Muscle Energy Technique
In this form of manipulation, the Osteopath applies a high velocity/low-amplitude thrust to restore specific joint motion. The purpose of the technique is to help the joint regain its normal range of motion and re-set neural reflexes.
These techniques are commonly applied to muscle and soft tissue and consists of a rhythmic stretching, deep pressure and traction. Its purpose is to move tissue fluids (edema) and to relax hypertonic muscles and myofascial (fibrous tissue) layers associated with dysfunction.
In this manual technique the patient is directed to use his or her muscles from a precise position and in a specific direction against a counterforce applied by the Osteopath. The purpose is to restore motion, decrease muscle/tissue changes and modify asymmetry of somatic dysfunction.
This manual procedure is designed to promote circulation of the lymphatic fluids, which may be effective in the treatment of inflamation following injury. Techniques often work with the patient's breathing and can involve pumping or lever movements.
The counterstrain technique is a manual procedure in which the patient is moved passively away from the restricted motion barrier, towards the position of greatest comfort. At this point, passive, asymptomatic strain is induced. This technique is used for relief of somatic dysfunctions that are too acute or too delicate to treat with other procedures.
This procedure is designed to primarily treat myofascial structures. In the use of direct myofascial release treatment (MRT) a restrictive barrier is engaged for the myofascial tissues; the tissue is loaded with a constant force until release occurs. In treating with indirect MRT the dysfunctional tissues are guided along a path of least resistance until free movement is achieved.
The majority of osteopathic manipulation techniques focus on the principle that the body structure and function are dependent on one another. When structure is altered via the musculoskeletal system abnormalities occur in other body systems. This, in turn, can produce restrictions of motion, tenderness, tissue changes and asymmetry.
We see you as a partner in your healthcare and throughout all stages of the process we will explain all our findings and discuss treatment options so that we can agree on the most appropriate treatment plan for you.
The following are some of the manipulation procedures most commonly used by osteopathic practitioners to diagnose and treat dysfunction in the body: