Still’s Osteopathy – its roots and reasoning

Introduction  In this hopefully provocative set of blogs I will painstakingly examine A.T. Still's seminal Osteopathic text "The philosophy of Osteopathy". My aim is to tease out the roots of our profession and openly discuss his original philosophical axioms with reference to the modern medical era. Should we discarded Still work as out dated? or …

Pain is in the brain – part 2

In part one we were introduced to the work of Dr Michael Moskowitz from the Department of Anaesthesiology and Pain Medicine from the University of California, who has identified eight section of the brain responsible for up regulating the pain sensation in people with chronic pain; posterior cingulate, amygdala, insular, supplementary motor, prefrontal, anterior cingulata, somatosensory and …

Pain is in the brain – part 1

According to the work of Dr Michael Moskowitz from the Department of Anaesthesiology and Pain Medicine from the University of California, brain scans indicates that pain is perceived in eight section of the brain; posterior cingulate, amygdala, insular, supplementary motor, prefrontal, anterior cingulata, somatosensory and posterior parietal. In part 1 - I do a relatively brief investigation …

Osteopathy 2017 – the confluence of the conference

The confluence of concepts that were accepted and genuflect toward were these. Pain is perceived by the brain, signals from the peripheral nervous system are given pain status by the brain - before that they are just signals. The brain screens out 90% of all signaling from the peripheral nerves. Sensations from the periphery can …

National Conference – Auckland 2017

The annual conference always creates interest for me where there are inconsistencies; rather than in the confluence of ideas that typifies the experience; I'm drawn toward the break downs; the notional clashes. My first point of interest is the significant disagreement between speakers on the use of questionnaires. The effusive Phil Parker deconstructed a number …

Osteopaths – what makes them special

I am regularly asked what is the difference between an osteopath and a chiropractor; or a physiotherapist and an osteopath. The usual scripted answer is philosophy; and osteopaths do have an axiomatic set of principles that guide their work. However, thats not what really sets osteopaths apart. Chiropractors, physiotherapists and osteopaths all have five years …

Neck pain

Neck pain, headaches and radiating pain in the arms requires a thorough history and clinical examination, and Laurie enjoys these aspects of his practice. A good quality history allows the client time to explain their complaint in detail. Laurie has also tutored in clinic assessment and his knowledge of clinical, neurological, orthopaedic testing is of …

Lower back pain

Lower back pain (LBP) is suffered by a large majority of people in our society, and it can and does ruin the quality of their lives. There are a host of pathologies that have been implicated in acute lower back pain; everything from cancer to spinal stenosis, from disc herniation to reactive arthritis. Being able …

Knee pain

In Lismore the prevalence of knee pain and injury is significant due to the age of the residents, the large number of people involved in sports and the increasing number of full knee replacements (FKR) being undertaken by the populous. Laurence Axtens - Osteopath follows up to date practices and procedures in knee assessment and …