Conceptual Overview: Assessment

IMG_1092The general catch phrases that I have chosen to utilize to communicate the consistent concepts of assessment in Osteopathic Manual Therapy are outlined below in fancy video form! Why catch phrases? In order to have relatively straight forward sentences to point to broad concepts as well as many details to be learned over time. At such a point as an individual has a grasp of the individual details the catch phrases take on greater meaning as they point to the details in a simplified way…also, in the developing stages the catch phrases provide the opportunity for coding the details to the simplified catch phrase as they are learned. All that to say – watch the videos for more information!

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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

Wandering Thoughts From The Inguinal Ligament…

Gray546I have a confession to make, the inguinal ligament was just a meaningless name to me until I was in my second year at the CAO. My previous education had not provided me with a meaningful explanation or understanding of what the inguinal ligament is or how important it is to the function of the lower body. In my writing I endeavor to show that all parts of the body are important while placing focus on a specific area to help illuminate functional relationships which was driven home to me when I learned more about the inguinal ligament. So, for whatever it is worth, I will write about some of the functional relationships of the inguinal ligament. 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

Identity Politics

Looks Like A Duck

The often heard statement from Brandon Stevens, Vice-Principal at the CAO is “Osteopaths are optimists – we name things for what they like to do”. This is extremely important, in treatment as well as in having an understanding of the world itself. Robert Johnston, the Principal with Principles, has been speaking to students of the CAO quite a bit about his deepening understanding of Dr. Still with special emphasis as to understanding WHY Dr. Still used certain words (and, by extension, concepts) when he wrote. Dr. Still apparently did not like words much as they did no justice to the reality of the situation, experience mattered more. Word construction has challenges…I will go through some here to make a point! Continue reading

Spot The Lesion 1

As I said at the beginning of 2012 I am going to start a recurring series of posts I will call “Spot The Lesion”. As I find pictures that display lesions I will post them and leave the floor open as I want my colleagues to post comments to call out the lesions that they see – this is a chance for Osteopathic Manual Practitioners to show off a bit. The instructions are simple – look at the picture, click on the “read more” link, go to the bottom of the page and post a comment calling out the lesions that you see in the picture! Continue reading

Osteopathic Structural Diagnosis: An Evolving Understanding

As an Osteopathic student (and future Operator) it is imperative that I am able to perform an Osteopathic Structural Diagnosis. What is an Osteopathic Structural Diagnosis? I will do my best to explain with my current knowledge. Continue reading