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

Dose Response

dose-responseThere is a common understanding of a dose-response curve in pharmacology. This is also an issue in general life as well as Osteopathic treatment. The basic idea is that a specific stimulus will provide a given response based on intensity and the same level of response will eventually require an increased level of stimulus through decreasing sensitivity (there are other dynamics where this is not the case and those are noted through observation). This is the way our body learns to ignore constant stimuli such as clothes, breathing, organ movement, constant road noise, and any other consistent stimulus (this is most often done by the reticular formation). Continue reading

Why Global, Local, Focal Matters

globe-hands To some the saying “global, local, focal” with regards to Osteopathic treatment may not be one they have heard. Considering that it may not be a common saying for some I obviously first need to clarify the statement. It is clinically efficient to look at the global pattern that a patient presents followed by the local pattern and finishing with the focal pattern. Said another way it is necessary to clear the smoke to even find the fire. 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