The Importance of the Posterolateral Area of the Diaphragm Muscle for Palpation and for the Treatment of Manual Osteopathic Medicine

Bruno Bordoni, Stevan Walkowski, Allan Escher, Bruno Ducoux

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Abstract

The eupneic act in healthy subjects involves a coordinated combination of functional anatomy and neurological activation. Neurologically, a central pattern generator, the components of which are distributed between the brainstem and the spinal cord, are hypothesized to drive the process and are modeled mathematically. A functionally anatomical approach is easier to understand although just as complex. Osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) is part of osteopathic medicine, which has many manual techniques to approach the human body, trying to improve the patient's homeostatic response. The principle on which OMT is based is the stimulation of self-healing processes, researching the intrinsic physiological mechanisms of the person, taking into consideration not only the physical aspect, but also the emotional one and the context in which the patient lives. This article reviews how the diaphragm muscle moves, with a brief discussion on anatomy and the respiratory neural network. The goal is to highlight the critical issues of OMT on the correct positioning of the hands on the posterolateral area of the diaphragm around the diaphragm, trying to respect the existing scientific anatomical-physiological data, and laying a solid foundation for improving the data obtainable from future research. The correctness of the position of the operator's hands in this area allows a more effective palpatory perception and, consequently, a probably more incisive result on the respiratory function.

Original languageEnglish
JournalComplementary Medicine Research
DOIs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2021

Keywords

  • Breathing
  • Diaphragm
  • Fascia
  • Osteopathic manipulative treatment
  • Phrenic nerve
  • Tongue

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Complementary and alternative medicine

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