Making it Up in an Organized Way…


We take a moment here to describe how the barrier concept, relational motion, and activating forces are able to combine in an organized manner to create treatment approaches.

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Motion Matters Regardless of Location…


While we have previously discussed that the claims of visceral osteopathy do not hold up to scrutiny, that does not mean there is no positive effect from working in the abdomen. As with anywhere else in the body, the concepts we put forth remain useful.

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Try to Make it Clear…


Here we continue to look at the work of Dinnar et. al to allow us to discuss the observation that it is often difficult to differentiate assessment from treatment with osteopathic practitioners. This observation makes treatment easy for the practitioner but difficult for those watching. Differentiating assessment and treatment allows for greater clarity in the eyes of observers (especially a patient).

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Observe the Differences…


Here we further discuss the concepts put forth by Dinnar (1980). It has been observed that osteopathic practitioners will often interchange assessment methods, even within the same treatment. The interchanging of assessment methods (tests) aims to create the same goal movement however, due to the reality that the tests have differences, they are not the same. Here we discuss and demonstrate this process.

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Different Tests are Different…


Here we discuss the work of Dinar et al (1980, click here to read). The essential concept is that Dinnar observed five osteopathic physicians examine and treat multiple patients with low back pain in order to attempt to classify the assessment methods/techniques utilized. The overarching hallmark is that the osteopathic physicians did not have a single assessment pattern/method but they did seem to follow an orderly process. The observable phenomenon that the physicians were not consistent in their assessment approach may be the normative behavior in the profession however it may not be ideal.

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Stop Working So Hard!


Here we demonstrate and discuss how two concepts (Contact is Control and The Space Between us is Unstable) work together to help minimize practitioner effort.

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Hold it Right…


Here we discuss the benefits of establishing a good initial hold as guided by the concept that Contact is Control as well as the concepts of Patient Positioning. When a practitioner establishes an effective initial hold there are many treatment options available with minimal effort.

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