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VISUALISING INTERNAL ORGAN MOVEMENT
Imaging of visceral movement with breath conducted by Belgian Osteopaths. They have imaged normal and abnormal visceral movement comparisons, and also pre- and post-treatment visceral movement comparisons.
THE HELICAL HEART
DIAPHRAGM IN ACTION
DIAPHRAGM 3D ANIMATION
BETH’S FIRST LARYNGOSCOPY
ON ANATOMY, FASCIA AND CONNECTIVE TISSUE
GIL HEDLEY’S INTEGRAL ANATOMY DISSECTION SERIES
Gil Hedley’s Somanaut YouTube channel includes his 4 volume Integral Anatomy dissection series. Progresses through layers of the body for a perspective on how layers and systems integrate – Skin and Superficial Fascia, Deep Fascia and Muscle, Cranial and Visceral Fascia and finally Visceral Fascia
In the way that the map is not the territory – the anatomy textbook is not the human body. This series offers a fascinating and important insight into the integrated human form. To have watched this series has certainly added new qualities to the information I feel in my hands as a therapist.
DR JEAN-CLAUDE GUIMBERTEAU VIDEOS
French plastic and hand surgeon who’s “current passion lies in exploring and defining the movement of tissues beneath the skin, using intraoperative endoscopic visualization of living tissue … has developed a new concept on living tissues and proposed a new paradigm for the development of biological structure in man.”
Fascinating, intriguing, mind-blowing must watch if you have any interest in the body and how living tissue is constructed.
BIOTENSEGRITY: A NEW WAY OF MODELLING BIOLOGIC FORMS
A perspective on biological forms through the lens of Tensegrity, or “Tension Integrity”, which is an architectural principle in which structural balance is maintained between isolated rigid compression elements inside a net of continuous tension. Such structures are lightweight, efficient and resilient. There are many examples of this in nature including the human body.
Steven M Levin MD, Orthopaedic Surgeon re-examines the application of “Newtonian mechanics as it would be applied to a column or building built with rigid materials and standing in one place on solid ground … humans, and all biologic structures, are mobile, omnidirectional, gravity independent structures built of ‘soft materials’, foams, colloids and emulsions … mechanicals laws as applied to these structures may be different. It is impossible to explain the mechanics of a dinosaur’s neck using standard Newtonian mechanics.”
ON INDIVIDUAL TREATMENT MODALITIES
RESEARCH AND ARTICLES
Thesis research by Jaques-Marie Michallet, student of Jean-Pierre Barral. Ultrasound was used to measure and document changes in the amount of Kidney movement in 25 people before and after treatment. Subjects were experiencing back pain +/- cystitis, UTI, knee pain, sciatica or SIJ pain.
23 demonstrated a clear increase in Kidney movement immediately after treatment. 18 cases were re-examined 2-6 months later, showing improvements either were maintained or continued to improve.
VISCERAL MANIPULATION AND ATRIAL FIBRILLATION
Video: Dr Mariotti gives a preview of soon to be released research by the international lecturer for the Barral Institute AJ De Koning, DO, & Dr Stefano Bianchi, Cardiologist, on the application of visceral manipulation with patients experiencing atrial fibrillation.
Article: Arrhythmias, Vagus Nerve, Visceral Manipulation and Neural Manipulation A.J. DeKoning. Research + discussion of the relationship between stomach and heart.
Research presented at American Physical therapists association. Improvements in Diastasis Recti postpartum abdominal separation measured in 3 women.
PERITONEAL ADHESIONS – ARTICLE
Presence and Distribution of Sensory Nerve Fibers in Human Peritoneal Adhesions Hassan Sulaiman, FRCS, Giorgio Gabella, MD, PhD, Christine Davis, MSc, Steven E. Mutsaers, PhD, Paul Boulos, MS, FRCS, Geoffrey J. Laurent, PhD, and Sarah E. Herrick, PhD. Annals of Surgery Vol. 234, No. 2, 256–261 © 2001 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.
Human peritoneal adhesions are highly cellular, innervated, and vascularized Sarah E. Herrick , Steven E. Mutsaers , Peter Ozua , Hassan Sulaiman , Abdul Omer , Paul Boulos , Martyn L. Foster , Geoffrey J. Laurent. Journal of Pathology Early View. Vol. 192 Issue 1, pp. 67-72. 26 Jun 2000 (online). © 2008 Pathological Society of Great Britain and Ireland. Published by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Case Presentation 1: chronic problems involving adhesions after multiple bowel surgeries improved with visceral manipulation.
Case Presentation 2: chronic abdominal pain, back pain and depression related to the history of difficult bowel and shoulder surgeries improved with visceral manipulation.
Case Presentation 3: Dr Mariotti explains the relationship between the viscera (organs) of the pelvic region and lower back pain supported by a patient case study.
Visceral Mobility: Dr Mariotti explains the effects that adhesions can have on visceral mobility, with the support of a study done by Gil Hedley, showing images of fresh dissections from the study.
Listening Techniques: Dr Mariotti explains what the Listening Technique is, and how it is used to assess the body and to guide treatment.
Neuroplasticity of the Gut, Visceral Adhesions and Visceral Manipulation: Dr Mariotti presents at Australian Osteopathic Association, annual convention, 2013 Perth, Australia
Visceral Manipulation Research: Dr Mariotti shares research completed by Jean-Pierre Barral, DO, Gail Wetzler, PT and Daniel Amen, MD, regarding visceral manipulation and its effects on the brain as demonstrated by the use of SPECT scans.
CRANIAL SUTURE MOBILITY
Assessment of calvarial structure motion by MRI (Crow et.al 2009) MRI images serial slices through the same plane over 6 minutes demonstrate statistically significant changes in skull dimensions. For the nerds: references 1, 6, 17 are interesting to follow
Research relevant to cranial osteopathy page on Art of Osteopathy website: a collection of referenced articles relating to cranial/sacral/dural mobility and palpatory reliability.
Summary of peer-reviewed articles relating to cranial therapies on the Osteopathic Cranial Academy website.
LEADING INTERNATIONAL PRACTITIONERS
International Course Schedule for Visceral Manipulation (VM), Neural Manipulation (NM) and Manual Articular Approach (MAA)
Australian Course Schedule for VM, NM, MAA
International Course Schedule for Lymphatic Drainage Therapy (LDT)
Australian Course Schedule for Lymphatic Drainage Therapy (LDT)
The earth has viscosity (“thick, sticky, semi-fluid consistency)!! Who would have thought… Modelling of variable rotational speeds and axes of movement. Cool movies
On the importance of drinking enough water, the human body being composed of ~80% water. In short: for each 30kg of your body weight, drink 1L of water. You can count herbal tea, green tea.
‘Pain is in the brain” – is it a load of s**t?’ is the article that got my attention – a reflection on mis/interpretations of modern pain neuroscience. Really appreciate the rest of their blog series too. “Is there such a thing as a bad exercise? Or just bad application?” or ‘Are you in love with a ‘Magic Muscle”‘ and ‘What does the evidence tell us is the best exercise for back pain?‘ Well informed examinations of beliefs about movement and pain based on re/examination of evidence, refreshingly dosed with irreverent good humour.
John Sharkey, clinical anatomist, exercise physiologist and neuromuscular therapist, teaches on a wide range of topics related to human movement, BioTensegrity and bodywork therapy.
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