I’m often asked “What is Ortho-Bionomy?” My response of “a way to remind the body of how to stay in comfort” is not always enough information. Because the founder, Arthur Pauls, was a British osteopath, I’ll compare and contrast Ortho-Bionomy with chiropractic work.
Chiropractic manipulates bones into a new alignment. Ortho-Bionomy uses bones as levers to release muscular tension. Massage therapists know muscles can pull bones out of alignment. By releasing tension in the muscle, bones don’t have the pull and can relax back to their normal placement in the body without being pushed.
Chiropractic uses various levels of force on the body to achieve the end result. The force may be through hand manipulation or with tools or the table itself. Ortho-Bionomy attempts to stay within a clients comfort level at all times. Ortho-Bionomy relies on the client to verbalize when they are in comfort to achieve an end result. An Ortho-Bionomy practitioner will often ask which position or movement is more comfortable, then slightly exaggerate that movement. This exaggeration follows the body’s preferred pattern, which often releases tension in the muscle.
Chiropractic addresses the spine. Ortho-Bionomy addresses muscles, organs, lymphatic and respiratory systems. Ortho-Bionomy practitioners may find tender points along the spinal column and use the shoulder, hip or torso as levers to follow and release a preferred pattern.
Chiropractic work can often take several visits to correct an issue. Ortho-Bionomy techniques can sometimes receive results in as little as ten seconds. That’s not to say chiropractic cannot get results quickly, or that multiple Ortho-Bionomy sessions will not be needed. The quick chiropractic manipulations force the bones into a new alignment, but in my opinion, this makes the corresponding muscles tense. If the muscles are not relaxed, they will continue to pull the bones out of alignment. Ortho-Bionomy moves within the bodies comfort level and doesn’t force movements. By working with the bodies preferences and timing, the work has a better chance of staying in place (until you do something that needs compensation again!)
Chiropractic is well known throughout the United States and the world. Ortho-Bionomy is not well known at all, though there are Ortho-Bionomy organizations in Germany, Australia, Austria, New Zeal and, Switzerland, Europe, France, Canada and the United States.
Chiropractic has a plan and attempts to fix an issue following that plan. Ortho-Bionomy doesn’t have an agenda. We offer you choices so you can decide whether or not the change is appropriate. Ortho-Bionomy believes the body has an innate ability to self correct. Many of Arthur’s first students were chiropractors, but he believed the technique was easy enough for a child to learn. Arthur’s wish was to have an Ortho-Bionomy practitioner in every home. If you are interested in learning more, consider taking a class. I have one coming up in June!