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

Because Functional Anatomy Says So #2

I am looking to get on a bit of a roll here…as long as I don’t get exhausted again I should be able to manage it! Robert Johnston (the Principal with Principles) speaks about his myogonal theory to students of the CAO and there are certain muscles that have a lot of functional anatomical connections which end up being very important to an Osteopathic Operator. Within Mr. Johnston’s myogons, the lower/base myogon is very much affected by the psoas. My goal right now is to highlight some of the major functional anatomical conections with the psoas and start to speak about why using the psoas is so powerful in treatment. Continue reading

Keep On Trucking: The Seventh Rib

By now you may be asking yourself “how can every rib have associated health issues?”. My response: every condition anyone can get has to happen somewhere inside of the body, aka everything has a location. As with the sixth rib, the seventh rib is primarily associated with the liver and stomach. A lesion of the left seventh rib is primarily associated with the stomach while the liver will be affected by the rib on the associated side (the liver is big so it can be affected on either side). Continue reading