Because Functional Anatomy Says So #2

I am looking to get on a bit of a roll here…as long as I don’t get exhausted again I should be able to manage it! Robert Johnston (the Principal with Principles) speaks about his myogonal theory to students of the CAO and there are certain muscles that have a lot of functional anatomical connections which end up being very important to an Osteopathic Operator. Within Mr. Johnston’s myogons, the lower/base myogon is very much affected by the psoas. My goal right now is to highlight some of the major functional anatomical conections with the psoas and start to speak about why using the psoas is so powerful in treatment. Continue reading

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Because Functional Anatomy Says So #1

Having finished my first round of second year exams a little over a month ago I have been in a bit of a recovery period…it won’t last too long as there are more exams coming up. My intention at the moment is to begin writing about the REASON that there is an order to treatment that is guided by principle (from the base up and down then the center out). Right now I will start with the reason that the neck is GENERALLY worked with in the latter stages of a treatment. Continue reading

Examination: Part Of The Process

Here I sit after my first round of second year exams at the CAO…that is right first round. At every level of education at the Canadian Academy of Osteopathy there are three rounds of exams – at the end of the academic semester there is a written and oral practical examination, in the middle of the practical semester there is another oral practical examination, and before entering the next academic year there is another written and oral practical examination that act as qualifying exams. Wait, I forgot to mention the tests that are written on the first day of every module as well as the somewhat informal “grilling” that happens during every lab session as well as our special “grilling” sessions. That is a lot of testing! The good thing is that, as a student, there is no room to get lazy, no room to slack off. As an educational institution that means that the CAO is able to be much more attentive to the needs of students as they pass through their education by providing help and guidance in weak areas as necessary. Continue reading