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Osteopathic, What is It?

January 30, 2011

So many people do not know what this is.  Even worse, my most successful patients still have difficulty describing it to others.  I used to be at a loss for how to explain it.  I now can get the message across after a lengthy exposition of its origins, relationship to other types of manual therapies, relative to chiropractic, deep tissue, acupuncture, etc.  I have never been able to succinctly describe in a few sentences.

All of you out there who have been initiated, i.e., have had a treatment, might agree with this description.  Osteopathic is the sensing and reading of the mechanically strained body.  The work is precise hands on reduction of vectors through strained tissues, muscles and bones.   I like this, don’t you.  It is very fitting.  It is appropriately descriptive for everything I do from malformed infant heads to migraines to neck pain, back pain, herniated discs and I love, love, absolutely love, car accidents.


Ligamentous Laxity

August 14, 2010

This is what happens to a body that gets cracked frequently.  People think that this is great.  I’m so loose.  I’m so limber.  This must be a sign of health.  No it isn’t.  Get this very clear.  The vertebral bodies that compose your spine and protect your spinal cord have scaffolding made of ligaments.  There is a long band in front and a long band in the back.  Then there are the tiny little ones in between that allow some motion from segment to segment.  When they are loose, they can no longer provide stability.  Think of an ankle that is badly sprained.  That ankle ain’t ever right again, is it?  That’s right.  It just takes one twist and one yank.  Now think about your poor unprotected back. 

There is a reason why after a car accident we have neck spasms and whiplash.  There is a reason for back spasms.  Spasming is nature’s way of telling us that there is something wrong.  We hurt and consequently we don’t move.  The spasm causes a splinting of the body and prevents further injury.  It provides stability at the time the body needs it most.  Read my past post on Crack(ing) is Bad.