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Osteopath at work on the inter-vertebral joints of a patient's spine. With the person lying prone, that is face downwards, the technique of applying pressure with the hands crossed-over is used to promote a longitudinal stretch (a traction) of the spinal joints & their surrounding structures, such as the spinal ligaments.
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