If one part of your body suffers from restricted movement, other parts of the body are also affected. For example, if you are limping because you sprained your ankle, you might end up with a back ache as well.
Myofascial release techniques are directed at muscle, facsia, ligaments, and organs. Visceral manipulation can be used to diagnose smooth organ muscle that has become tense or is not moving as freely as it should. Visceral massage is used to restore normal functioning and movement. Osteopathic manipulation of soft tissue includes stretching, deep pressure techniques, and separation of muscle fibers.
When using direct techniques, the practitioner attempts to move a joint past its blockage. A high speed thrusting movement is used to force the bone to move. In the case of spinal cord compression, the thrusting movement will loosen the spine. This type of osteopathic manipulation brings the joint to its current range of motion and gradually increasing that range.
A third osteopathic manipulation technique is called the indirect or Greenman Muscle-Energy technique. Instead of trying to overcome resistance, seek the easiest movement. Next the practitioner provides a small amount of strain. The reflex releases restricted tissues.
Studies conducted by the National Institute of Complementary and Alternative Medicine have demonstrated that osteopathic manipulation is as effective as other treatment approaches for lower back and neck pain relief.