Treatment and advice


Man receiving treatment to his backIn most cases this involves some of the following:

  • Soft tissue work (massage, stretching, using pressure points)
  • Articulation (moving joints, usually slowly and gently)
  • Traction (a way of stretching the spine or joints)
  • Harmonic technique (gently rocking the joints)
  • Muscle Energy (contracting and relaxing muscles)
  • Functional technique (slow movements to relieve joint strain)
  • Strain/Counterstrain (finding a position of comfort to relax muscles)

Male anatomy showing musclesIn some cases basic cranial osteopathic methods may be used.

High velocity manipulation involving a rapid but gentle thrust to the joints is another way of restoring movement. Mr Larter does not use this technique. Should you particularly require this method please contact me and I will put you in touch with other practices which use it.

After treatment there may be some soreness and stiffness which can last for two days approximately. There may be other effects which will be discussed if appropriate to your case. One reason for the medical history and examination is to tailor your treatment to reduce risks.

Normally some progress is made within about four sessions, though complex or long term problems might take longer. Clearly, some problems are difficult to improve, or there may be some general health concern. In this case a referral to your GP or to another practitioner for a second opinion is an option.


Advice aims to speed recovery, maintain fitness and reduce the chance of relapse. This often includes exercises and cold or hot packs. Ways to avoid strain at work and home could be helpful too.