Model Operator

Still Cadaver 1How does one go about learning to be an Osteopath? What does one need to know? First and foremost a thorough knowledge of functional anatomy is absolutely required (functional anatomy includes physiology in my mind). The principles governing body functions are necessary knowledge as well. Knowing those two broad topics may leave someone out in the cold if they have no exposure to actual hands-on methods. The dilemma for the Principles based teacher or practitioner is how to introduce hands-on methods without having the student taking the demonstrated method as the only way to actually apply treatment? Further to that, how does the Principles based teacher or practitioner bridge the gap between telling a student that they NEED to do something a SPECIFIC way while they are learning it to ensure safety and once they have mastered that method they are required to create their own way? Continue reading

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An Ode To Reality And The Blurry Lines That Obscure It

Saints RestIt is a necessity to know things that are really real. This is necessary to live a free life and doubly necessary to be a good Osteopath. There is no room for looking for things you want to find, you must look for what is actually present. I am writing what follows for my own good as well as to highlight some things that lay as the basic foundation of Osteopathy. I am writing what follows because I have a need to share what Dr. Still has said in black and white. Continue reading

It is all in the HOW!

IMG_0109Through my evolution as a young Operator the ART of Osteopathy is becoming more and more clear. It is not that it is an endeavor such as painting a picture or taking a beautiful photograph, it is more so that there is a physiological reality of response to stimuli and the Operator is responsible for knowing that and applying this knowledge to the way in which they INTERACT with the patient (physical touch is not the only part of the interaction, the conversation matters as does the general environment…). As Brandon Stevens often tells students at the Canadian Academy of Osteopathy you need to be easy on the senses (as an Osteopath and as a human being in general). Continue reading

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

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

Articulation

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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