Palpation: What we do as Osteopaths
March 6, 2019
We use palpation to assess the painful area, which means we can feel what's going on in your muscles and joints with our hands. We use this skill to feel a change in the texture, mobility and vitality of a painful area while we treat.
"Find it, fix it, leave it alone" - A.T. Still: The first person to call himself an Osteopath.
We can feel if the tissues are chronically tight (been tight for years), fibrotic (which can be like guitar strings, or like hard bubble wrap), inflamed, congested, torn, strained, fatigued, or in spasm...the list could go on. And then we use a variety of techniques to make them feel more *fluidy/ mobile/softer so that the healing process begins.
You go home feeling a lot better too.
Don't you just love a black and white photo?
This is one of my fave's from our photo shoot we had a couple of weeks ago. Harry is gently easing out the tension in the neck, using his kind hands and mindful palpatory skills.
Harry is available at the clinic Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.