This is an approach encompassing a series of different techniques that are exceptionally gentle. It does not involve cracking, crunching or strong sudden movements making it an appropriate way of treating babies, children, pregnant mums, the elderly or simply anyone who does not like stronger treatment.
The osteopath will take a painful area and with very small movements search for a position of ease or reduction of pain and then wait until the surrounding tissues start to relax. Its effectively looking for the neutral position at which to reset the muscles tension. This turn allows normal function to occur. At other times tender points / trigger points are used and with positioning the faulty reflexes can be released which allows accumulated tension to dissipate.
Despite it appearing so undramatic and gentle it achieves the same outcomes as a more direct manipulation based approach.