Osteopathic manual therapeutics are based on mechanical principles. They are often discussed poorly within the profession however they do form the basis of the concept that governs the manual aspects. These concepts hold true in other manual professions as well. These concepts are present in heavy industry, engineering, math, and anywhere else you look.
As 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
There seems to be a pattern here, the fourth rib is larger/longer than the third rib and it has more movement potential as well. With the increased movement potential there are increased lesions that are often issues in conditions of the heart and lungs. Continue reading