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Foundations of Morphodynamics in Osteopathy

An integrative approach to cranium, nervous system, and emotions

  • ISBN: 9781909141247
  • 2017, 720 pages


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In 35 chapters written by the editors and a team of internationally renowned contributors the book covers the underlying principles of osteopathic palpation from a biodynamic and morphodynamic perspective, and their application in the cranial field and the spinal cord.
It emphasises the importance of considering not just the patient`s physical self, but also the inner consciousness. It teaches how to assess tissue-energy characteristics, and to use this understanding in managing the whole patient.
The work discusses biophysical, neurobiological and psychological interactions as well as the interplay of developmental dynamics and further epigenetic influences on the organism.
As well as the primary respiratory mechanism, various biological rhythms play an important role within osteopathic treatment, the book explores new insights that flow from chronobiology and rhythm research.
All osteopathic practice develops on conceptual foundations. Acknowledging the importance in the practice of osteopathy of such theoretical underpinning, the book discusses osteopathy with regard to the development of paradigms within the healing arts as well as from various philosophical viewpoints much as postmodern, system-theoretical, Goethian and phenomenological. It examines thoroughly the multi-layered dynamics of development of human beings interacting with their environment.
The resulting implications for therapeutic interaction as well as principles of diagnosis and treatment form the core of the book.
These fundamental principles are then specifically applied to the cranial sphere.
This section focuses primarily on the treatment of the brain, as well as the developmental dynamics of the relations of the midline, cranial bones, dural structures, vessels and cranial nerves.

List of contributors
List of translators

Part I Principles
1 Paradigms of healing by Torsten Liem
2 Osteopathic philosophy by Walter Llewellyn McKone
3 The osteopathic object reloaded by Peter Sommerfeld
4 Biological rhythms by Torsten Liem
5 Physical and neurobiological principles by Lorenz Fischer
6 The effect of formative and regulatory forces on living organisms by Torsten Liem
7 Regulatory forces in embryology by Torsten Liem
8 The role of mechanical stresses in embryonic development by Lev V. Beloussov
9 The incarnating embryo by Jaap van der Wal and Guus H. van der Bie
10 Prenatal and perinatal worlds of experience by Ludwig Janus
11 Evolution of the mind-body-spirit unit by James McGovern and Rene J. McGovern
12 Touch as a therapeutic intervention by Tsafi Lederman with contributions from Eyal Lederman
13 What is health? What is disease? by Torsten Liem, Matthias Flatscher
14 Somatic dysfunction and compensation byTorsten Liem, Michael M. Patterson, Jochen Frühwein
15 Thoughts on the significance of systems theory by Peter Sommerfeld
16 The osteopathic experience of fulcrums by Stephen Paulus
17 Principles of diagnosis by Torsten Liem
18 The practitioner and the therapeutic interaction by Torsten Liem
19 Treatment principles by Torsten Liem
20 Total rhythmic balanced interchange according to Becker by Torsten Liem
21 Midline – Development and introduction by Torsten Liem
22 Hyoid bone and anterior midline by Patrick van den Heede
23 An osteopathic approach to Midline by John McPartland and Evelyn Skinner
24 The fluid body by Torsten Liem
25 Energy bodies by Torsten Liem
26 Chakra system related to pre- and perinatal dynamics by Terence Dowling

Part 2 Application to the cranial field
27 History and development of the teachings of William Garner Sutherland and Nathalie Trottier
28 Development of the cranium and an outline of the growth dynamics of the cranial bones
by Torsten Liem with the contributions by Marie-Odile Fessenmayer
29 Morphology of the cranium according to Rohen by Torsten Liem
30 Intraosseous techniques by Torsten Liem
31 Developmental dynamic approaches to treating the head, dura, diaphragm, neck and pharyngeal arches by Torsten Liem
32 Development of the senses by Brian Freeman
33 Developmental dynamics of the nervous system according to Blechschmidt by Torsten Liem
34 The brain as a morphogenetic field by Patrick van den Heede, Rüdiger Goldenstein
35 Osteopathic brain and spinal cord assessments by Torsten Liem, Bruno Chikly
36 Treating the brain by Bruno Chikly, Torsten Liem
37 Treating the spinal cord by Bruno Chikly, Torsten Liem
38 Treating the autonomic nervous system by Torsten Liem, Bruno Chikly

Including 180 line illustrations, 165 photographs and 50 tables.
With forewords by John Glover and Jean-Pierre Barral.

We also offer the German version of this book: Morphodynamik in der Osteopathie
Die deutsche Vorlage zu dieser Übersetzung ist ebenfalls bei uns erhältlich.