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Clinical Practice  |   May 2000
Progressive inhibition of neuromuscular structures (PINS) technique
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Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment
Clinical Practice   |   May 2000
Progressive inhibition of neuromuscular structures (PINS) technique
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, May 2000, Vol. 100, 285-298. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2000.100.5.285
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, May 2000, Vol. 100, 285-298. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2000.100.5.285
Abstract

Progressive inhibition of neuromuscular structures (PINS) is a technique that can be included in the osteopathic manipulative treatment repertoire. It relies on knowledge of anatomy and neuromuscular physiologic features as well as on standard forms of osteopathic palpatory diagnosis and treatment. It is a variant of the inhibition technique that has been taught as an osteopathic manipulative technique for many years, and it bears some resemblance to other manual medicine techniques. The emphasis of the approach is the determination of the alteration of the tissues due to dysfunction, delivering treatment based on palpatory evaluation and patient feedback. Two related points are initially chosen, followed by a progression from one to the other. Relationships to similar techniques are also discussed. Theoretical as well as selected practical applications are presented.