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What does Osteopathic Treatment involve?
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Osteopathic treatment includes soft-tissue (massage) techniques to the muscles themselves, in addition to other techniques that can affect muscle tone. The spine and other joints may be moved (articulated) gently, or released using a high velocity technique (manipulation). Sometimes a ‘clicking’ sound is heard, due to cavitation within the joint. This sound is caused by tiny bubbles of gas being released from lubricating fluid within the joint. (The gas is quickly reabsorbed back into the fluid). The important point is that the joint is briefly separated and the mobility and the mechanical integrity of the joint have been re-established.
Most of the body’s functions depend on the muscles operating from the spinal column itself. Normalising the structure allows these functions to take place naturally.
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