About Sam Jarman

I'm an OKA Certified Kinesiologist with a Bachelors Degree in Kinesiology from York University. I have worked as a Kinesiologist in a clinical setting for three years. I am now in school at the Canadian Academy of Osteopathy in Hamilton. I believe in the body's ability to self heal and self regulate and will continue to highlight those biological facts through my writing. I aim to provide information that will help people cultivate their own ability to heal themselves.

Observe the Differences…

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Here we further discuss the concepts put forth by Dinnar (1980). It has been observed that osteopathic practitioners will often interchange assessment methods, even within the same treatment. The interchanging of assessment methods (tests) aims to create the same goal movement however, due to the reality that the tests have differences, they are not the same. Here we discuss and demonstrate this process.

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Different Tests are Different…

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Here we discuss the work of Dinar et al (1980, click here to read). The essential concept is that Dinnar observed five osteopathic physicians examine and treat multiple patients with low back pain in order to attempt to classify the assessment methods/techniques utilized. The overarching hallmark is that the osteopathic physicians did not have a single assessment pattern/method but they did seem to follow an orderly process. The observable phenomenon that the physicians were not consistent in their assessment approach may be the normative behavior in the profession however it may not be ideal.

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Stop Working So Hard!

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Here we demonstrate and discuss how two concepts (Contact is Control and The Space Between us is Unstable) work together to help minimize practitioner effort.

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Hold it Right…

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Here we discuss the benefits of establishing a good initial hold as guided by the concept that Contact is Control as well as the concepts of Patient Positioning. When a practitioner establishes an effective initial hold there are many treatment options available with minimal effort.

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Figure out the Similarities…

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Here we discuss direct barrier treatment methods. Instead of describing specific techniques or systems we point to the consistent similarities in application in the form of long holds, patient active contraction, and repetitive articulation/rhythmic motion.

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Indirect Commonalities…

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Here we take a general look at the commonalities of BLT/LAS, FPR, and the indirect portion of Still Technique as they are described. The simple commonality is that all indirect treatment systems (even the ones not directly spoken about) are guided by softening of soft tissues as the signal of appropriate application in progress.

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Please Don’t Hurt ‘Em…

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Here we discuss the concept guiding the choice to use the direct or indirect barrier in treatment. As the video will highlight, the aim is to choose the method that does not provoke pain in the patient.

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