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Article 6 : Therapeutic techniques

Osteopathic techniques

CranioSacral Osteopathy.
Craniosacral Osteopathy is a refined and subtle type of treatment that encourages the release of stresses and tensions throughout the body, including the head.
It is based on a number of findings about the body’s subtle physiology, such as the intrinsic ability of the body to heal itself and self-regulate. This ability expresses itself as the intrinsic mobility of all parts of the body. Restrictions in this mobility may affect the mechanisms of self-regulation and produce symptoms.
It is a gentle and yet extremely effective approach that may be used to treat a wide range of conditions in people of all ages, from birth to old age.

In response to physical trauma or emotional stress, the body’s tissues react. Any stresses, strains and tensions which remain in the body may affect its functions and give rise to problems over time. The effects can be both physical and emotional. This therapy provides an opportunity for the body to let go of its restrictive patterns and return to a normal mode of functioning.

Musculo-skeletal techniques.
There are different techniques applied to the musculo-skeletal framework. These techniques can be applied to:
1. the joints (using High Velocity Technique, mobilisation, etc )
2. their surrounding soft tissues (using functional and soft tissue techniques, etc)
3. the muscles
4. the fascia
When combined, for example in the case of a sprain, these forms of treatment allow the therapist to restore the normal contact within the joint and with other structures. This eliminates muscular spasms and tensions in the ligaments, thereby restoring complete mobility to the joint.

Visceral Osteopathy : Internal organs (digestive tract, respiratory system, etc)
These structures can be treated in different ways, depending on the problem at hand. Treatment applied to the ligaments can free connections to certain organs. Techniques using mobilisation require active participation from the patient, restoring mobility to the organs through respiratory motion. Lastly, the neurological network enables the therapist to intervene on certain organs indirectly. This is possible through corrections within the “vertebral keyboard” which treat nerve-related dysfunctions of the internal organs. These techniques are used, for example, to regulate the digestive system.