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By Emanuel Sammut

Divided into sections, one facing osteopathy theoretically, and the opposite facing the extra medical features, this publication considers the sensible implications of difficulties linked to spinal curvature. It additionally deals certain exploration of evaluation of every physique area.

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This may involve reflex changes in muscle tone locally in the damaged area but it may also involve more widespread effects within the musculoskeletal system and at times in the autonomic system. Somatosomatic interaction Sensory information may be transmitted by nociceptors (and other receptors) from damaged tissue. When reaching the spinal cord, if the intensity of the total input reaches a significant level, it may then facilitate other neurones that would not, under normal circumstances, react to a given stimulus.

Thus the dysfunction resulting from a disc injury will be similar to that resulting from irritation of other structures in the spine. There may be differences but these are rarely enough to provide confident differential diagnostic criteria. This will be explored in more detail later in this chapter. Tissue inflammation If trauma causes tissue damage then a chemically mediated inflammatory response is initiated. This will cause a degree of hyperaemia in the local tissues, leading to swelling in the immediate area.

This has led in the past to the mistaken belief that we have simple sensors for pain throughout the body which then 'report' the sensation to the brain via direct pain pathways. It is now well recognized that pain is a most complex phenomenon of which at best we have a partial understanding and which at worst remains in many cases an enigma. Nociceptor stimulation by injury may cause pain if the degree of injury is great enough. However the perception of pain will be affected by a number of factors.

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