Stretching and relaxing muscles, restoring movement and removing fascial restriction restores normal function to the body. Massage has a profound physical and mental/emotional effect on a person, removing tension, aches and pains, increasing circulation, easing trigger points in muscle and promoting good sleep. I think everybody should have regular, good massage as part of a general health programme along with good food and exercise.
Bony manipulation consists of taking the joint gently through its full range of movement to increase the movement towards its normal range. This is done within a treatment programme and is part and parcel of bodywork along with massage. The legs, arms, head etc are moved rhythmically and stretches and releases applied at the same time. Of course the treatment is varied according to the needs of the individual. Sometimes short thrusts are used to restore movement to joints; this sometimes results in a click caused by the release of the joint and is not harmful.
During a consultation I will take a full medical history, including lifestyle and family history. I will also do a physical examination to assess movement and the structure of the client. This may include examination of breathing, blood pressure, nervous system, skin etc.