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A form of alternative healthcare that emphasizes the interrelationship between structure and function of the body, as well as the body's ability to heal itself. It aims to facilitate the healing process through the practice of manual and manipulative therapy.

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Alternative therapy; Osteopathy

A sudden, violent, involuntary contraction of a muscle or group of muscles, attended by pain and interference with function, producing involuntary movement and distortion.


Alternative therapy; Osteopathy

1. A change of position (rotation and/or translation) with respect to a fixed system; 2. An act or process of a body changing position in terms of direction, course and velocity.

isokinetic contraction

Alternative therapy; Osteopathy

1. A concentric contraction against resistance in which the angular change of joint motion is at the same rate. 2. The counterforce is less than the patient force.

primary respiratory mechanism

Alternative therapy; Osteopathy

A conceptual model that describes a process involving five interactive, involuntary functions: (1). The inherent motility of the brain and spinal cord. (2). Fluctuation of the cerebrospinal fluid. ...


Alternative therapy; Osteopathy

1. A condition of excessive tone of the skeletal muscles. 2. Increased resistance of muscle to passive stretching.

isotonic contraction

Alternative therapy; Osteopathy

1. A form of concentric contraction in which a constant force is applied. 2. Operator force less than patient force.

isolytic contraction

Alternative therapy; Osteopathy

1. A form of eccentric contraction designed to break adhesions using an operator-induced force to lengthen the muscle. 2. The counterforce is greater than the patient force.

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