OsteopathyPostural and Functional Assessment: Initially the patient will undergo a variety of assessments, which will provide specific and general information to assist in reaching an accurate diagnosis. These tests are usually conducted in response to the patients symptoms and any underlying causes that may be relevant. The various tests include postural analysis, active and passive mobility, biomechanical function, measuring of ranges of movement, neurological assessment and circulatory function. Once a correct diagnosis is achieved then the correct form of treatment is administered. Depending on the initial condition of the patients the treatment approach will vary greatly from very gentle non-confrontational techniques to a more robust direct applications.
Joint Mobilisation: This is in essence a passive form of treatment for the patient during which the practitioner will illicit a greater degree of mobility in a joint or a larger area by a variety of hands-on methods.
Joint Adjustment or Manipulation: A largely passive treatment for the patient designed to release restrictions and maintain the body in better alignment.
Muscle Energy Techniques: These are used to assess and then to help recalibrate precisely controlled positions of joints. The practitioner exerts a gentle counterforce in opposition to the patient.
Strain-Counterstrain or Positional Release: A gentle form of treatment whereby muscles and ligaments around joints are re-educated and tension released by holding a position of ease away from the direction of discomfort