Still Technique of Thoracic Spine (T4-T12)

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Still Technique of Thoracic Spine (T4-T12)

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Recall: Diagnosis of the Thoracic Spine

Recall for Still Technique: Ease, Compress, Barrier

If needed, overview for Still Technique can be found here for additional review

Steps for Treatment:

  1. Patient is seated during this treatment, physician on opposite side of sidebending
    • The diagnosis in this example is T8 E RLSL – physician standing on R
  2. Patient will do the “osteopathic salute” on the side of the rotation
    • The diagnosis in this example is T8 E RLSL – patient does “salute” on L
  3. Physician will use one hand to monitor dysfunctional segment, while putting their other hand through the “salute” to maintain control of the patient during the treatment
  4. Physician will place the patient into their diagnosis, as that is the EASE
    • Here, T8 E RLSL
  5. While maintaining the patient in their position of ease, the physician will then compress down to the dysfunctional segment
  6. While maintaining compression, the physician will guide the patient to a position that is opposite their diagnosis, the barrier
    • Here, F RR SR
  7. The physician will then release compression and gently guide the patient back into the neutral position
  8. As always, REASSESS

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