Do Osteopathic Practitioners Crack Backs?
Updated: Feb 6
Wondering about Osteopathic adjustments?
Osteopathic Practitioners are trained to perform what are referred to as “osteoarticular adjustments”. We work with the body and never force joints beyond their physiological capacity.
In this video, I am using the “cradle technique”. This involves gentle rocking motions, rolling the patient’s body over my hand which is carefully placed along the costovertebral joints (ie. where the spine and ribs articulate). Sometimes we hear and feel pops and cracks, other times we don’t. Either way, the technique is never painful and often provides much welcomed relief!
🦴 The goal is to improve mobility in the spine and ribs and relieve pain all the while working with the body without using abrupt, unpredictable, or forceful impulses.
Indications for the cradle technique include:
➡️Back pain, stiffness, tension, or tightness
➡️Feeling restricted in the spine or ribs
➡️Pain or discomfort in the ribcage
This technique is usually done after careful assessment and soft tissue preparation with a whole body approach.
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