Why Does My Osteopathic Practitioner Not Always Go Right To Where It Hurts?

IMG_0522As a patient seeing an Osteopathic Manual Practitioner many patients have a primary concern that centers around a place of pain or discomfort. A common experience is that the Osteopathic Manual Practitioner does not immediately go to the area of the patient’s pain. Let us take a look at why this is a common experience. Continue reading

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Meditations 3

Bruce Lee 2The classical man is a slave to the tradition – The classical man is just a bundle of routines, ideas, and expressed tradition. When he acts, he is translating every living moment in terms of the old. (Striking Thoughts: Bruce Lee’s Wisdom for Daily Living) Continue reading

Clinical Observations: Lumbo-Pelvic Rotation

IMG_0388Planes and axes…I will have to be very clear what I am speaking about here. I am speaking about rotation in the transverse plane about a vertical axis (the vertical axis being the vertebral column itself). In order to share my clinical observations I will have to be clear about likely motion potentials of structures so we will examine facet architecture as well as soft tissue pulls/connections. Continue reading

Meditations 2

Do not restrict yourself to one approach. – There are different approaches, you know? But each person must not be limited to one approach. We must approach it with our own self – we are always in a learning process, whereas a “style” [or system] is a concluded , established, solidified something. You cannot do that, because you learn every day as you get older. (Striking Thoughts: Bruce Lee’s Wisdom for Daily Living)

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A choice method imprisons the mind. – A choice method, however exacting, fixes the mind in a pattern. A choice method is the cultivation of resistance, and where there is resistance there is no understanding. A well-disciplined mind is not a free mind. Any technique, however worthy and desirable, becomes a disease when the mind is obsessed with it. (Striking Thoughts: Bruce Lee’s Wisdom for Daily Living) Continue reading

Clinical Observations: Scalenes

IMG_0463This is the first post of what I plan on being a series. I am going to take my clinical experiences and things I observe with some consistency in order to share it so that the following things may occur:

  1. You benefit from the experiences I have in the clinic
  2. You see something that you can share with others
  3. You note something you may be able to share with myself and any other eyes that may see it here

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Meditations 1

IMG_0121Moving from this point forward I am going to share my thoughts on statements, quotes, passages, concepts, ideas, or any other phenomena I aim to describe as a serial post. It is fair to say that we all consider things consistently in a way that may be best called meditative and, as such, I simply aim to share things in my way so that you may consider sharing them in yours. Continue reading

Nerves Need Blood: Vasa Nervorum

IMG_0182It is much easier to learn about a topic when it is isolated/segregated in the early stages. Once the isolation/segregation of a topic has been performed it must very quickly be returned to its full context. Why do I begin with this? I begin with this because the vasa nervorum is one of those anatomical structures that is not commonly or consistently spoken of. So, here, I will very briefly segregate the topic and then place it back in to context. Continue reading