Structural Balancing is a system of diagnosis and treatments utilising articulation techniques to gently stretch and mobilise muscular-skeletal restrictions.
The technique is designed to be applied to all articular restrictions and in the hands of a trained practitioner can produce effective results.
The procedure offers the practitioner and patient a choice of how dysfunctions may be treated effectively and safely. The process is specific, as it addresses the restrictions which have benefits to the adjoining soft tissues.
The main difference between Structural Balancing and high velocity thrust techniques, is that instead of the restriction being forced to let go by thrust applied by the practitioner. The patient's own muscles are engaged and made to work in a way that causes the restriction to dissipate.
The practitioner will first use soft tissue techniques such as specific massage strokes and deep tissue muscle release to loosen the muscles and adjoining soft tissues, prior to locating the barrier that is causing the restriction. It is to be noted that maximal muscle contraction is not necessary for this method of treatment. Patients must be advised not to exert too much force as this will make the treatment less effective.
The practitioner's concern is with the whole body and the philosophy of the treatment procedure, is to be able to assist in total well-being of the whole person. As function governs structure, any given area which is restricted in its function, will have a negative effect on the whole body.
“A wise man should consider that health is the greatest of human blessings, and learn how by his own thought to derive benefit from his illnesses.”
Hippocrates 460 - 400 B.C.