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Caption: FIGURE 9: The posture used during head-down bed rest could explain cervical somatic dysfunction and muscle hypertrophy (Source: CNES, MEDES).
The classic osteopathic vertebral manual tests [22, 23] were used in order to identify vertebral somatic dysfunctions (VD).
Two essential components of osteopathic health care are the structural evaluation of the patient for somatic dysfunction diagnosis and an array of manipulative techniques for treatment .
The aim of a structural examination is to locate the somatic dysfunction. In infants, the structural exam is usually performed with the patient lying down.
The take home point is that almost every Lyme patient will benefit from being evaluated by a skilled, "hands on" osteopathic physician to assess, treat, and clear somatic dysfunctions
. Osteopathic manipulative medicine also serves as an important adjunct to any chronic Lyme treatment plan by reducing inflammation, supporting lymphatic drainage, and increasing detoxification,