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What is Osteomassage?
This simple—yet effective—technique is used for the relief of pain. All that is needed is… a finger! You can even apply it yourself.

Osteomassage (from the Greek osteon, bone; and the French masser, to rub a part of the body) is just a massage; but instead of applying pressure to the muscles, practitioners use their fingertips to stimulate points on our bones.

The idea of massaging the bones may seem strange for us Westerners so accustomed to mistreating our bones with uncomfortable chairs without posture and back support or awful car seats. That’s because we see our skeleton as a rigid structure of inert calcium deposits. However, in Eastern cultures the skeleton is seen from another point of view: bones breathe and need to be fed.

Effectively, the periosteum, which covers the surface of the bone, is a thin layer rich in blood vessels and nerve terminals. When the masseuse stimulates this layer, the area experiences increased blood supply and improved lymphatic drainage. Often, this results in pain relief.

Pain Relief
Although the reason why an osteomassage relieves pain is not well-understood, the technique proves useful for the treatment of
• chronic pain
• upper back pain
• neck and shoulder pain as a result of failing to use an ergonomic seat
• headaches
• pain caused by athletic injuries
• acute lower back pain caused by lumbago or inadequate back support

For instance, in case of acute lower back pain or chronic pain caused by a slipped disc or osteoarthritis, the person performing the massage will press on points in the lower back. The exact osteopoints are about an inch and a half from either side of the spine, where the "dimples" are located.

The massage is performed in three phases:
1. Stimulation
2. Release
3. "Green light"

Stimulation. During the Stimulation phase, masseuses apply pressure with their forefingers or thumbs—some practitioners use the rubber tip of a pencil—. Up to three small circular motions per second are applied on the right "osteopoints". There are over a hundred osteopoints in the body and each involved point is usually massaged during four or five minutes. The skin will move along with the finger in small circles of no more than ¼ of an inch.

Release. After five minutes of circular motions, the fingers stop moving, but the masseuse keeps the finger in the same spot, lightly touching the bone. Soon, he or she will feel a pulsating sensation, an indication that blood is flowing into the periosteum.

"Green Light". At that point, the parasympathetic nervous system relaxes and the masseuse interprets the pulse under the fingertip as a go-ahead signal and moves to the next osteopoint.

There’s no need for a masseuse, however. Once you learn where the bone points are, you can apply osteomassages to several osteopoints in your own body.

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THanks for posting this! This is the first I've ever heard of osteomassage but I think it's something that would be very beneficial for a lot of the people who post here about pain that they are going through. I appreciate that you've done this because I will be able to use it in the future if I have any issues with pain. Thanks again!