Lever, Wedge, and Screw…


Within osteopathic manual therapy, there is discussion surrounding the concepts of lever, wedge, and screw based on their mention in the writing of A.T. Still. I have written about the concepts previously and now have chosen to use video to demonstrate the concepts in a broad fashion. Please enjoy.

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Hand Postures: Concepts Demonstrated

IMG_1455Here we begin looking at various hand postures. The aim with demonstrating varying hand postures is to highlight what is both positive and negative about them…or more accurately what they will help you accomplish. The central concepts are that contact is control and broad contact allows for multi-point discrimination (which relates to macro identifies micro). There are several videos below so take the time to watch them as, although they present the same core concepts, they provide details that are useful for varying approaches.

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Seated Cervical Work… Treat it With Respect


Here we take a look at seated work on the cervical column. There is discussion of safety issues, working preferably in one plane at a time, as well as highlighting the concept that contact is control.

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Don’t Forget About the Iliac Crest


Here we take a look at the tissues surrounding the superior border of the iliac crest. The concept of palpation as well as the concept of multisensory integration are pointed to in order to demonstrate how those concepts look when applied in practice. In pointing to how things look in practice we are also demonstrating/utilizing the concept of explicit learning.

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Erector Mass: An Illustration of Many Concepts


In this post we have a video that takes a look at the erector mass generally. The concepts of patient positioning are used to discuss the benefits and drawbacks of various positions in relation to interfacing with the erector mass. We also touch on the concepts of palpation (especially broad contact/get as much as you can touch).

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OPTIMAL (Theory of Motor Learning)


Here we will speak about the OPTIMAL theory of motor learning that has been put forth by Gabrielle Wulf and colleagues. The key components of the theory are autonomy support (noted as AS), enhanced expectancies (noted as EE), and external focus of attention (noted as EF). These components will be discussed as well as ways that you may utilize these concepts for yourself to improve the process of motor learning.

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Cognitive Biases: I am not the First to Notice…


In relation to my previous post on cognitive biases in relation to research papers surrounding the cranial and visceral paradigms I have had the opportunity to come across another paper that came out in 2006 (find it here) outlining a very similar phenomenon to the one that I seem to be noticing. In the video below I will take a moment to discuss the paper as well as the phenomenon both the paper and I seem to be noticing. This video speaks to the general concepts I put forth in a previous article.

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