Make a Good Choice…


Here we discuss the utilization of activating forces in osteopathic treatment. The aim is to provide an algorithmic approach to which force(s) to use in a given situation. The video is below, followed by a written description of the concept.

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Make it Easy…


Here we take an overarching look at indirect treatment methods. The aim is to describe the uniting concept with all of the systems in that we aim to make soft tissues in the region of interest palpably soften. “Ease” is identified through palpatory softening.

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How Soft is it?


Here we discuss assessment of soft tissues based on their movement capacity. Many of the other concepts we discuss regularly are included in this video (as always).

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Here we take a look at the application of wedges in treatment. The basic concept is that, in places that the practitioner’s arm, hand, a towel, a pillow, or another acceptable object that will not hurt the patient may be applied to separate surfaces.

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Explicit Leverage…


We have done an overview of the concept of lever, wedge, screw previously. Here we take another look at the use of levers with discussion of short, long, and mixed leverage. The aim is to provide some examples of how these concepts look in action, especially in ways that may be semantically unclear.

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What Do They Look Like in Action?


Here we display multiple concepts that have been previously demonstrated and discussed by using them through the arm. Some of the concepts include: contact is control, relational motion, long/short/mixed lever, working perpendicular to fiber direction, as well as working through soft tissue before moving joints.

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Old School: Seated Side Bending for Ribs


Here we take a look at a description from “Osteopathic Mechanics” by Edythe Ashmore. The description centers on ribs however, as we show in the video, the basic hold (with some change) is useful for the vertebral column as well.

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