How Osteopathy to Diagnose


Palpation is widely used as a separate diagnostic method in osteopathy. On palpation a practitioner feels the tissue's temperature, tension, homogeneity. Body landmarks are also precisely determined by palpation (iliac crests, ribs, vertebral prominences etc.). A special type of palpation is layer palpation which examines tension, mobility, and displacement of layers of tissue from superficial tissues to deep ones: skin - fascia - muscles - bones. Apart from that, palpation is an important part of diagnostic tests of mobility and special tests.

Movements and mobility testing

General mobility and movements in different areas and individual motion segments are tested. During examination attention is paid not only to the range of movements but also to the QUALITY of the movement which is a peculiar feature of osteopathic diagnosis. The range of movement may be full but its quality may be changed - jerky versus smooth, tight with crepitus, or too loose without any resistance - all this is very significant. In addition, it is necessary to compare movements in symmetrical and neighboring joints/segments in order to find any difference and to get an impression of individual norm for that particular patient. With growing experience an Osteopath collects a database of his/her palpatory feelings that allows him/her to differentiate between a variety of processes in the area examined, for instance, inflammatory or degenerative, functional or pathological, acute or chronic. Some practitioners can even get an impression of the state of intervertebral disc by palpating movements in the segment!

Microscope Analysis of Vital Peripheral Blood

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