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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Cognitive Biases: I’m Not the Only One…


The video shared here will speak about the concepts of cognitive biases in relation to both Osteopathy in the cranial and visceral fields. Systematic reviews of research have found that there is no evidence for the efficacy or reliability of either. With this in mind I will speak to POSSIBLE phenomena driving the continued use of these methods. Please take a look at the papers: visceral paper, cranial paper.

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Model Issues


This post is going to be on the longer side. The aim is to take a look at some available research to highlight the issues with most manual therapeutic models and suggest that we may want to make some professional Gestalt shifts (aka changes in perspective based on the same information).

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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

More Pressure

If you are reading this post please be sure that you read its predecessor, Pressure. Reading the previous article will provide you with the basic buy-in to understand where I am going and where I am coming from with the rest of this post. Now that I have that out of the way let me start saying something worth reading (!). Continue reading


If you are reading this I will assume that you are human (or at least that you live on earth). Since I am assuming that, I will also assume that you are firmly planted to the ground (or some surface that is firmly planted to the ground). You are planted to the ground because of gravity. Simple concepts. Now I will bring to light some other simple concepts so that our bodies make more sense. Continue reading