Quadratus Lumborum – The Masquerader: Because Functional Anatomy Says So

IMG_0784The quadratus lumborum seems to be a muscle which receives discussion without investigation. The lack of investigation became irritating so I took a look at information that is readily available because the QL is visibly small compared to the muscles that surround it. In looking at readily available information I found some answers…with more questions attached.

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My Neck Hurts, Why Are You Checking My Legs?

IMG_0505For an Osteopathic Manual Practitioner, the whole body needs to be assessed to see where problems are coming from. When something is not moving properly it will put strain on other areas of the body. Continue reading

Meditations 4

The importance of adaptation – The inability to adapt brings destruction. (Striking Thoughts: Bruce Lee’s Wisdom for Daily Living)

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The adaptive mind – That of not being tense but ready, not thinking but not dreaming, not being rigidly set but flexible. Aware and alert, ready for whatever may come. (Striking Thoughts: Bruce Lee’s Wisdom for Daily Living) Continue reading

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

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