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Harmonic Healing: A Guide to Facilitated Oscillatory Release and Other Rhythmic Myofascial Techniques

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Connective tissue release, or myofascial release, is a major component of manual therapies, including osteopathic medicine. Most methods involve placing the patient in a passive, relaxed position for diagnosis and treatment. However, many practitioners have intuitively sensed that rhythmic motion should be a component of therapy, and increasingly include it in their practice. Harmonic Healing introduces such an application of connective tissue principles, which author Dr. ...
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Overview

Connective tissue release, or myofascial release, is a major component of manual therapies, including osteopathic medicine. Most methods involve placing the patient in a passive, relaxed position for diagnosis and treatment. However, many practitioners have intuitively sensed that rhythmic motion should be a component of therapy, and increasingly include it in their practice. Harmonic Healing introduces such an application of connective tissue principles, which author Dr. Zachary Comeaux calls Facilitated Oscillatory Release (FOR).

The book reviews the role of oscillatory or vibratory work as an extension of other connective tissue techniques, explains the relevant physiology and the principles of wave propagation in tissue, and then provides illustrated introductory exercises, applications, and case studies. Building on the work of his mentor, Robert Fulford, to get more deeply into the core of patients’ injuries, Dr. Comeaux presents FOR as a lens through which to reinterpret the strategic use of force in manual therapy, including osteopathic manipulation. Based on both his clinical experience and neurophysiology principles, the author develops practical applications of these principles. These methods are compatible with generally accepted manual methods, and Harmonic Healing shows students, advanced practitioners, bodyworkers, and osteopaths how to integrate FOR into a variety of manual healing approaches.

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Harmonic Healing allows the reader to follow the development of thought regarding therapeutic vibration over the past century in North America and Europe. I can honestly say that this little tome is well worth the time you will invest in reading, and rereading, it.”
—Kenneth E. Nelson, DO, FAAO, FACOFP, professor, Chicago College of Osteopathy and author of Somatic Dysfunction in Osteopathic Family Medicine

“Zachary Comeaux very successfully avoids propagating a new osteopathic way of healing, and instead shows how well this approach can be integrated into existing osteopathic treatments. It is ideal for students and practicing osteopaths....”
—Torsten Liem, DO, principle, Osteopathie Schule Deutschland and author of Craniosacral Osteopathy

“In this fine book, Zachary Comeaux clearly describes the underlying concepts, as well as offering practical examples of almost universally applicable ... rhythmic, oscillatory/vibratory release techniques.”
—Leon Chaitow, ND, DO, honorary fellow, University of Westminster, London and editor-in-chief of Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556436949
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books
  • Publication date: 4/8/2008
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.01 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Zachary Comeaux, DO, is an associate professor and practicing physician at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. An internationally renowned lecturer on FOR and other manual therapy techniques, and coauthor of The Pocket Manual of OMT, he lives in Lewisburg, WV.
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Table of Contents

Illustrations     xi
Foreword   Kenneth E. Nelson, DO, FAAO, FACOFP     xiii
Acknowledgments     xvii
Introduction: Connective Tissues, Bioenergetics, and Rhythm     xix
Overview     xix
Connective Tissue Methods     xxv
Fulford's Approach to Vibrational Manipulation     xxviii
Relevance to Other Manual and Osteopathic Work     xxix
References     xxx
Conceptual Background for Oscillatory Manipulation     1
Scope of the Work     3
The Issue of Scientific Credibility     3
Body Definition and Bioenergetics     5
References     6
Active Connective Tissue-A Perspective     7
The Importance of Fascia     7
Diverse Approaches to Working with Fascia     9
References     12
Vibration or Oscillation in Osteopathic Thought     13
Vibratory Motion-A Subtle Trend     13
Rhythmic Osteopathy?     14
Intellectual Roots     15
Another Branch of the Tree     18
Progression of Osteopathic Thought     18
Sutherland     20
Rhythm in the Work of Other Still Students     21
Developments in Rhythmic Resistive Duction     23
Russell, Sutherland, and Fulford-Unpublished Collaboration     24
Fulford's Elaboration of the Role of Vibratory Motion     27
Summary     30
References     31
American Integration of Rhythmic Motion     33
Basic Osteopathy and Osteopathy in the Cranial Field     33
Fulford's Energetic Model-Beyond the Cranial Model     34
Redefining Dysfunction     35
Redefining Treatment     38
Other American Rhythmic Approaches-Ruddy and Mitchell     39
The Next Generation     41
References     45
European Osteopathic Rhythmic Methods     47
Littlejohn's and Wernham's Preservation of Rhythmic Technique     47
Harmonic Technique     51
Method Rhythmique d'Harmonization Myotensive     56
References     58
Other Contemporary Uses of Rhythmic Release     59
Trager's Moving and Working Softly     59
Vibromuscular Harmonization Technique     61
References     62
Bioenergetic Models Involving Vibration     63
Bioenergetics-Poetry and Science     63
Neurophysiological Validation      63
Further Measurements of the Energy Field     65
Interrelationship of Structure and Function-Tensegrity     68
Crossover to Quantum Physics as It Relates to Tissue     69
Intentionality and Psychobiology     71
Proteomics-After Sequencing Human DNA     72
Water Memory     73
References     74
Principles and Support for Facilitated Oscillatory Release     77
Physiological Basis for Rhythmic Diagnosis and Treatment, and Effectiveness of Oscillatory Force     79
Facilitated Oscillatory Release-Supportive Science     79
Coordination of Motion     79
Neuroreflexive Models     81
Previous Classical Work     82
Another Input-Dynamic Interpretation of Postural Coordination     84
Tonic Vibratory Reflex     90
Connective Tissue Distensibility     91
References     93
FOR-Basic Concepts     97
A Dynamic Method of Neuromuscular and Ligamentous/Articular Assessment and Treatment     97
Developmental Background     98
Universality of Rhythmic Motion, Macroscopic and Microscopic     101
Rationale for Extending the Use of Manual Oscillatory Effect on Tissues     102
Propagation of a Wave      103
Application of Wave Propagation in Body Tissues     105
References     107
Application of FOR Principles     109
Application Exercises-Spine     109
Application Exercises-Extremities     117
Other Applications     122
References     124
FOR Integration in Clinical Practice     125
Adaptation to Practice Context     125
Adaptation to Patient Position and Clinical Task     126
Adaptation to Clinical Goals     129
Another Way-Slow Rhythmic Oscillatory Release     132
Summary     135
Reference     135
Specific Regional Approaches     137
Lower-Extremity Leverage Techniques- Lumbar Spine, Pelvis, Hip, and Sacrum     137
Supine Lower-Extremity Applications     144
Seated Shoulder and Upper-Extremity Leverage Techniques     145
Supine Upper-Extremity Leverage Techniques     150
Supine Cervical Technique     152
Cranial Flutter Techniques     154
Yet Another Subtle Mode of FOR     156
The Horizon     158
References     159
Osteopathic Approach to Health Care in Context     161
Early Development     161
Osteopathic Practice Today     164
Interdisciplinary Cooperation     167
Reference     169
Index     171
About the Author     175

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