Appropriate osseous and/or soft tissue manipulation can be a critical aspect of a health optimization program. Manipulation involves active or passive techniques employed to improve your joint and skeletal structure and function.

Many factors can cause stress on our musculoskeletal system; the result is an imbalance in muscle, joint, and/or skeletal structure and function. The most common factors influencing our musculoskeletal system include physical trauma, overuse in work or recreational settings, poor posture and ergonomics, and biochemical changes resulting from poor nutrition, toxic exposure, infectious agents, or other influences. Our musculoskeletal system can also be compromised by mental/emotional trauma. Because of the many and varied factors that influence our musculoskeletal system, a wide range of clinical conditions can benefit from appropriate osseous and/or soft tissue manipulation.

Depending upon your individual health needs, osseous and/or soft tissue manipulation might be a stand alone treatment or part of a comprehensive protocol including diet and lifestyle modification, nutritional supplementation, detoxification, and counseling. Prior to undertaking osseous manipulation your health provider may evaluate you for fracture risk, infection, neoplasm, neurological dysfunction and other potential areas of concern. Your health provider may also utilize additional diagnostic testing and assessment techniques to determine the suitability of specific osseous and soft tissue manipulation techniques for your individual case.

As part of this osseous manipulation action step, your health practitioner may prescribe or use hot packs, heated towels, ice or ice packs, active and/or passive stretching, soft tissue manipulation or a variety of relaxation techniques to assist you in gaining greater benefits from the manipulation.

A palpable, sensitive area of soft tissue (muscle) can indicate an area of localized dysfunction or can be related to underlying functional challenges in one or several organ systems. When an area of soft tissue in need of treatment has been identified, appropriate treatment can be a critical component of restoring optimal wellness. Soft tissue manipulation is most commonly used to normalize soft tissue function prior to osseous manipulation and to promote or restore functional and postural integrity and balance. Soft tissue manipulation can assist with improved function in many areas of health because there are relationships between the healthy function of our internal organs and the structure and function of our musculoskeletal system. Soft tissue manipulation is also a valuable means to mobilize stored toxins, promoting physical and emotional detoxification.

Many different soft tissue techniques are employed in order to normalize muscle structure and function. Direct pressure might be initiated at a pain point. Stretching and contraction of the muscle are also routinely utilized. Other soft tissue manipulation techniques can be employed depending upon your health practitioner’s assessment of your individual needs.

You should ensure that you dress in appropriately comfortable clothing for this action step. If you have specific questions with respect to suitable attire for your visit, please contact your health provider for instructions. If at any point during the osseous and/or soft tissue manipulation you experience any pain or discomfort, please immediately notify your health provider.

Please advise your health provider of any emotions or past memories that may resurface during your treatment. Past experiences and the emotions associated with them can occasionally be ‘locked’ within our tissue as a form of memory. Generally, if this has occurred it indicates that for some reason we did not possess the health resources required to resolve these experiences in the past. As a result, our mind/body system has stored these experiences in our tissues. Bodywork can free these emotions, at which point appropriate counseling can help resolve these past issues. When this process is allowed to come to an appropriate conclusion, individuals commonly take a large step forward with respect to their overall wellness.

Note: If the ambient temperature of the room is too hot or cold for your comfort, please consider letting your health provider know.

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