Ignore That Knowledge…

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe long (and very worthwhile) journey through my Osteopathic education continues on and my personal thought process keeps running with it. At the moment I am very much concerned with what I see as giant blind-spots in the way human health is approached on an intellectual level as well as on a treatment based level. At the moment I am thinking through Wolff’s Law (tissue forms and re-forms along lines of strain). This particular line of thought leads me to be able to talk specifically about musculo-skeletal concerns while also having the opportunity to extend those thoughts to physiological pathologies (realistically in this thought process I am at best following in the footsteps of giants). Continue reading

A Lesson On Leverage

IMG_0187Let us not be so narrow minded to think that we as Osteopathic Students or Osteopathic Operators own manual therapy. Let us not be so narrow minded as to think we can not learn about our profession from sources that have nothing to do with manual therapeutics. What I will present below is two videos of a gentleman named Rickson Gracie (the most highly regarded and successful fighter from the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu family) displaying the importance and usefulness of intelligent application of leverage. Continue reading

Dose Response

dose-responseThere is a common understanding of a dose-response curve in pharmacology. This is also an issue in general life as well as Osteopathic treatment. The basic idea is that a specific stimulus will provide a given response based on intensity and the same level of response will eventually require an increased level of stimulus through decreasing sensitivity (there are other dynamics where this is not the case and those are noted through observation). This is the way our body learns to ignore constant stimuli such as clothes, breathing, organ movement, constant road noise, and any other consistent stimulus (this is most often done by the reticular formation). Continue reading

Why Global, Local, Focal Matters

globe-hands To some the saying “global, local, focal” with regards to Osteopathic treatment may not be one they have heard. Considering that it may not be a common saying for some I obviously first need to clarify the statement. It is clinically efficient to look at the global pattern that a patient presents followed by the local pattern and finishing with the focal pattern. Said another way it is necessary to clear the smoke to even find the fire. Continue reading

Drainage: Is It All In The Veins?

Andrew_Taylor_Still_1914As seems to happen when reading the written work of Dr. A.T. Still, each time through his work I find another layer that develops more meaning in my still young Osteopathic mind. I have learned many times over the general statement that drainage precedes supply and I have recited it as gospel as we all seem apt to do. I applied it in the manner I thought most accurate to the statement of the principle such that I opened the path of the vein back towards the heart allowing space for venous blood and lymphatic fluid to pass choke points. I have seen good results with this process…until I was challenged by an interesting case that only responded slightly and then came back. Continue reading

The Rule Of The Artery Is Supreme (?)

arteryWhat follows will be a bit of a mental meandering (maybe). I have come across many questions and discussions about what Osteopathy actually is. Common questions are formed as “what is the difference between Osteopathy and (name a hands on practice here)?” I don’t always have a good answer. The reality is that I know what Osteopathy IS while I may not know what other professions are exactly as I am not trained in them or an expert on them. One of the statements I seem to stumble across is that Osteopathy is based on the statement that “the rule of the artery is supreme” which comes from Dr. Still’s writings which are available in many forms and can be found online if anyone wanted to do a bit of searching. Anyone that picks up Dr. Still’s books and actually pays attention to what he put down will know that he said almost everything was of the utmost importance (fascia as the hunting ground for disease). Continue reading


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There is an art to connection

Amidst my mountain of homework (which is surprisingly enjoyable as I truly love Osteopathy) I have managed to shake off a few cobwebs and get some writing motivation. As many people involved in this profession my mind never stops running especially where it relates to exploring the whys and hows of things. Language seems to be a major issue when attempting to understand anatomy as well as applying adjustive corrections to a body because it is easy to get lost in words when one should focus on the anatomy that is literally at hand. In this ramble I want to express some of my thoughts on articulation. So please stick with me! Continue reading