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Back examination. Osteopath examines the back and spine of a sitting woman, by pressing and mani- pulating the spinal column and its associated muscles and joints. The osteopath may use rhythmic stretching and hand pressure to alleviate pain and stiffness. Osteopathy is a form of therapy based on the concept that the musculoskeletal system, made up of bones, muscles, tendons, joints, tissues and nerves, plays a central role in the patient's well-being. An osteopath uses various manual techniques, including applied pressure and manipulation to diagnose dysfunction and restore movements to the joints.
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