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C h e c k o u t A B M P 's l a t e s t n e w s a n d b l o g p o s t s . Av a i l a b l e a t w w w. a b m p . c o m . 51 U S E T H I S P O W E R F U L S K I L L T O F O C U S O N P R O B L E M A R E A S A lthough there are many "techniques" in the world of massage and manual therapies, the actual number of fundamental hands-on skill sets that underlie these techniques are few. This is especially true in the world of clinical orthopedic manual therapy (COMT), which is oriented at remedying specific musculoskeletal conditions with which clients present. Essentially, the fundamental hands-on skill sets of COMT might be listed as soft-tissue manipulation, stretching, and joint mobilization. Most every massage therapist utilizes soft-tissue manipulation; indeed, that is what most people associate with the profession of massage. But when working to remedy a client's musculoskeletal condition, the effectiveness of a massage therapist's care is greatly enhanced when stretching is added to the client's treatment plan. By Joseph E. Muscolino, DC

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