A Harmonious Pursuit.

What is compatible, what competes

with an authentic OMT approach

“What can I do to help?”

“What do you think of X?”

“I also do Y & Z, that’s good, right?”

In the early stages of embarking on a path of betterment, a natural course of questions follow – not unlike the ones listed above.  Having worked with many on this path, what seems to be commonplace, is a sort of over-involvement in a variety of “remedies”; all with the shared intent of improving upon a primary complaint.

One begs the question: what is helping, what is hindering, and what is doing absolutely nothing?

What wants to be provided here, is an opportunity to be more objective in the quest for resolution. A means to navigate and focus one’s efforts in a more strategic way. To do so, it’s important to steer clear of anecdotal assessments. Rather, a regime of more exclusive nature is needed to accurately gauge outcome. More often than not, success will be limited when antithetical involvements are not adjusted.

In aim and action, the therapeutic efforts employed by Osteopathy Way are compared and contrasted below; the underlying theme being that which works with, and that which works against, flow.

Compatible Activity
that which my therapy embraces
and is in harmony with…
Competing Activity
that which my therapy avoids
and is at odds with…
Normalizing myofascial tone liberates NAVL pathways (nerve, artery, vein, lymphatic) Weight training increases myofasical tone and constricts NAVL pathways
Opening up the respiratory diaphragm and abdominal fascia, aids in normalizing breathing mechanics and NAVL supply to the abdominal organs Core training works to increase abdominal tension and tighten the respiratory diaphragm; encourages dysfunctional breathing mechanics and reduces NAVL supply to the abdominal organs
Calming the nervous system promotes a parasympathetic shift towards rest and repair for healing Prolonged endurance training trains the nervous system into a sympathetic, fight or flight, catabolic state
Encouraging the nervous system to let go of habitual holding patterns that contribute to dysfunctional movement mechanics Static postures and corrective exercise train the body into new holding patterns that oppose old holding patterns, thereby compounding the cascade of dysfunction
Restoring problematic areas in relation to the whole body, allows for a properly integrated system of function Repetitive strain from work, hobbies or sports dis-integrates the body; compounds and concentrates structural damage and injury
Improving tissue resiliency and mobility through unobtrusive methods Aggressive stretching and forced adjustment promote tissue resistance and trauma