Method of diagnosis
According to the Osteopathic Mechanical Link, the restriction of elasticity of a tissue (osteopathic lesion) may be identified between two related structures or within the structure as such: it may be a ligament, a nerve, an artery, bone or skin,... This restriction is highlighted without any mobilisation, as the hand of the osteopath perceives a "true wall", during the pressure and traction tests. These tests are performed over the entire body, without overlooking a single system, according to a very precise and rigorous protocol. A list of these tests and the way to execute them are presented in the method of the Osteopathic Mechanical Link.
Using an original approach, the practitioner will prioritise all the restrictions that were identified, comparing them two by two to determine the one that presents the greatest tissue resistance to the practitioner's hand, during the test. This test which is original and specific to the Osteopathic Mechanical Link is called the "inhibitory balance test".
Step by step, it then becomes possible to identify the cause (primary osteopathic lesion) which may have generated or maintained a complaint. The origin has, indeed, often been "forgotten" by the patient and may have occured long ago and be physically distant from the symptoms for which the patient is consulting. This prioritisation indicates where to begin the osteopathic treatment!