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Table 1 Steps of BLT and BMT techniques according to Sutherland’s description

From: Introducing an osteopathic approach into neonatology ward: the NE-O model

Phase Operator status Description
1. Disengagement ACTIVE The practitioner uses a compression or decompression method to disengage the area with SD.
2. Reaching the balance point ACTIVE The area or the segment with SD is moved through the existing range of motion in every direction, with close attention to whatever restriction may be present.
3. Balance point PASSIVE The dysfunctional area is brought in the balance point and the body’s inherent power is monitored.
4. Tissue release PASSIVE An increase of local temperature and a rebalance of joint mobility is achieved.