There is more wisdom in your body than in your deepest philosophies.
Ortho-Bionomy is an incredibly effective, yet gentle way to work with :
- structural alignment
- relieving acute and chronic pain and tension patterns
- relieving restrictions from injuries and surgeries
Ortho-Bionomy has its roots in Osteopathy and is based on the body’s own inherent ability to correct and heal. Through gentle, yet very precise, positioning, neurological reflexes are accessed that cause the body to self-correct. Tension patterns are disrupted and released and the structure of the body can re-organize. The body can find more balance and most often pain is relieved and movement is restored.
Benefits of Ortho-Bionomy
- helps to break the pain cycle
- can relieve pain and discomfort
- helps with recovery from injuries, accidents and surgeries
- can reduce muscle tension, optimize structural alignment and increase range of motion
- helps to improve circulation and promotes relaxation
More about how Ortho-Bionomy works:
The term Ortho-Bionomy can be translated as:” The correct application of the laws of life”.
The originator of Ortho-Bionomy, Arthur Pauls, DO, talked about self-corrective reflexes in the body. That means that the body has an innate ability to heal and correct itself. Just like our skin knows how to heal a wound and our bones know how to grow back together, our whole body knows how to organize its structure and find balance through the nervous system.
Sometimes, though, the body’s ability to stay in balance is compromised by stress, injuries, accidents, surgeries, improper posture, emotional experience or just overload. When the body is out of balance it adapts as best as it can, but in the process might develop patterns of stress that add to the imbalance. Ortho-Bionomy works to re-educate dysfunctional patterns and restore balance and normal functioning.
As an Osteopath, Arthur Pauls understood that natural range of motion in a joint requires balance in the opposing muscles that move that joint. Muscles on one side of the joint lengthen, while muscles on the other side shorten. Sometimes, after an injury, one muscle group becomes over-shortened and cannot respond to the internal signals from the nervous system trying to achieve balance. Then the opposing muscles remain chronically overstretched and this imbalance becomes a habitual pattern. Range of motion and comfort are compromised.
Often, in an attempt to avoid pain, the body contracts even further and includes surrounding muscles to prevent movement, so the holding is re-enforced. Immobilization may solve the pain problem in the moment, but it also sets up compensatory patterns and holding patterns that become more and more limiting.
Arthur Pauls realized that if you remind the body of what it is doing – if you slightly overstretch the the overstretched muscle and slightly shorten the constricted muscle, then the body gets to recognize what it’s doing and the habit of the patterns gets disrupted and often the body will move toward self-correction.
Part of the self-recognition comes from the muscle signals of being stretched and shortened and part comes from the propiocepters in the nervous system. Propioceptive nerves inform the body about its position and regulate positioning and movement. In this way, Ortho-Bionomy can affect profound change by helping the nervous system re-organize and affect the physical structure of the body.
Symptoms that can be addressed include:
- low back pain/neck pain/upper back pain
- joint pain and restricted motion
- whiplash and head injuries
- rotator cuff injuries
- Rheumatoid and osteoarthritis
- broken bones
- sports injuries
- tennis elbow/tendonitis
- sprained ankles and wrists
- foot pain/plantar fasciitis/bunions
- carpal tunnel syndrome
- thoracic outlet syndrome
- frozen shoulder
- issues after surgeries/scar tissue/restricted movement
What does an Ortho-Bionomy session look like?
If I focus on only Ortho-Bionomy, you do not need to remove any clothes other than for comfort. You will mostly be lying on a bodywork table and I use gentle positioning and movement of your body to work with specific symptoms. We might also practice some movements sitting or standing and I might give you exercises to do at home. If I combine Ortho-Bionomy with Massage Therapy, I will ask you to remove your clothes to your level of comfort and will work with a sheet draped over your body.
For more information on Ortho-Bionomy here are links to some articles and a video: