(a.k.a. Osteopathic Cranial
Manipulation or Osteopathy in the Cranial Field)
Cranial osteopathy is a specific
approach within the osteopathic concept. It influences the structure and fluid
surrounding the central nervous system, creating an impact on the whole body and
initiating the body's inherent capacity to heal itself. It employs the fact that
the membranous connections throughout the body are continuous with the linings
around the central nervous system as well as all other body structures. This is
a very gentle approach used to free areas of the body which have restricted
motion. It can be safely and effectively applied to infants and children
as well as any age adult. This form of treatment was founded by William
Garner Sutherland, D.O.
manipulation works with the relationship between the body's structure and the
function of its internal organs (viscera). The organs and organ systems
are extremely important to the general functioning of the body. They are
also directly connected to the musculoskel
Myofascial Release (MFR)
release is a gentle manual procedure that is used to treat primarily the
muscular and membranous tissue structures. A gentle, but constant force is
applied to the tissues until release occurs and free movement is achieved.
manual procedure is designed to promote circulation of lymphatic fluids and can
be used to treat various difficulties. It is most often employed/used for
congestive illnesses, including edema (swelling), pneumonia, chronic obstructive
pulmonary disease, congestive heart failure, etc. The goal of treatment is
to stimulate the proper circulation of fluids within the body and to enhance the
functioning of the immune system.
Muscle Energy Technique
is a manual technique in which the patient is instructed to use his or her
muscles from a precise position and in a specific direction against counterforce
applied by the physician. The purpose is to restore motion, decrease muscle
tissue changes, and modify asymmetry [of somatic dysfunction] through the use of
counterstrain technique is a manual procedure in which the patient is moved
passively away from the restricted motion barrier, towards the position of
greatest comfort. The goal of treatment is to restore relaxation to the affected
muscle fibers, thus, causing a decrease in pain sensation.
High Velocity Low Amplitude (HVLA)
velocity is a manual technique in which a barrier or restriction is engaged and
a short quick thrust is used to move through the barrier. The goal of
treatment is the correct realignment of bones at their points of articulation
with one another.
Facilitated Positional Release
positional release is a manual procedure in which the muscles are brought to a
point of "balanced tension" at the point of bony articulations.
This modality is used to facilitate the correction of bony structure and to
reduce the heightened pain response of injured areas within the spine.
Ligamentous Articular Release
articular release is
a manual procedure aimed at correction of spinal mechanics and skeletal
articulations. It employs a gentle pressure at points of articulation in
order to achieve balanced tension of the ligaments. The goal of treatment
is to improve range of motion.
Release is based on the fact that the tissues of the body are extremely
sophisticated. It emphasizes the capability of the cells to record
significant traumatic events of one's life - physical, psychological, emotional
or spiritual trauma. These traumatic patterns are then burned into your
muscle memory. SER is a modality aimed at the release of these patterns in
order to allow the body to heal itself and restore its homeostasis.