What are functional techniques?
Functional techniques are techniques of direct or indirect type (use of external help), mobilization of tissues to allow correction of the osteopathic lesion.
Principle of treatment:
The principle will be to accentuate the lesion, to go in the direction of the osteopathic lesion, without going too far.
The osteopath then induces a movement following the path of the osteopathic dysfunction and at a moment the body will react at the level of the blockage by an increase of the proprioceptive messages and by a muscular contraction. This will stimulate his faculties of self-healing.
This allows the relaxation of the periarticular tissues and thus a disappearance of the lesion itself.
This type of technique will allow to bypass the reactions but not to jostle them. It removes the tensions.
There is a known metaphor that helps to better understand these techniques:
Someone walks and takes a sleeve in a nail, he has three solutions:
- He can pull to free himself and perhaps tear the shirt :is the structural technique;
- He can interrupt his movement and return slightly to remove his shirt from the nail without tearing it: it is the direct functional technique;
- He can interrupt the movement, go back slightly and with the other hand, take the tissue and delicately remove it from the nail: this is the indirect functional technique.
For whom is the treatment?
This technique will work on dysfunctions of all types and for all types of tissue.
It is a gentle technique that respects the pain of the patient.
It is suitable for all types of patients, from babies to seniors.