What Does My Mid Back Have To Do With My Sciatic Pain?!?!

birdplanesupermanAs I grow in my Osteopathic journey, and really my life, it is interesting to note how many things are directly in front of us and easily accessible yet seemingly unused. One such case is the very basic anatomy of the spinal cord and the vertebral column. When looking back through posts I have made on this site I have always made specific use of the term vertebral column as I do not consider the spinal cord as synonymous with it and I definitely do not consider the term spinal column accurate or useful. As we go through this short journey I will make it clear why! 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

Counting Scalenes (Because Functional Anatomy Says So)

scaleneThere are 3 scalenes – anterior, middle, and posterior. Simple enough. Why should you care? We are going to take a walk through some positional anatomy to figure out why really knowing about the scalenes is important. Continue reading

How Your Arms Are Attached To Your Abdominals

extobliquesIn my past as a Kinesiologist I was constantly bombarded by the term “core”. I never bought in to the general idea that seems to pop out of that which SEEMS to be core=abdominals (or, to some people, abdominals and lumbar musculature). At the time I was of the idea that anything that connected to the vertebral column at any level had to be considered part of the “core”…this, to me, meant that any exercise was a “core” exercise and the only question was which portion of the movement was the focus. Now that I have taken up my Osteopathic studies I find, through anatomy, that I was pretty much on the ball. For the purpose of this piece I am going to focus on the connections from the arm to the abdominals, however, it should be noted that the body is legitimately ONE connected unit and that there are no breaks in the connection. Continue reading

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

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

The Tenth Thoracic Vertebra

If you are reading Marion Clark’s book, this is one of the easier chapters to summarize…because he does it for you. I will provide that summary as well as some other thoughts (as I am prone to do). Continue reading