Ortho-Bionomy is a system of bodywork that was developed by Dr Arthur Lincoln Pauls in the 1970s in Britain. This therapy is used to promote wellbeing and to assist the relieving of pain and restrictions that may be caused by injuries, poor posture, stress-related problems and structural problems. Ortho-Bionomy is based on techniques found in judo, homeopathy and osteopathy and is designed to be gentle. In addition to practitioner-based exercises and corrections, a person can also practice some self-help techniques to assist in the everyday management of their condition.
Ortho-Bionomy is suitable for both the novice and the professional and, because it is so gentle, it is suitable for all age groups.
What Ortho-Bionomy is About
Ortho-Bionomy is about re-educating the body, so that it is able to maintain balance and function as well as possible. Some techniques used in this therapy include joint compressions, gentle movements and the use of preferred positions. These are all designed to stimulate the body’s natural healing functions and self-balancing reflexes.
Conditions that can be Treated by Ortho-Bionomy
Ortho-Bionomy can help with the following conditions, amongst others:
joint pain, restriction or dysfunction
muscle pain or injury
repetitive strain injuries
chronic back and neck pain
curvatures of the spine
differences in leg lengths
rehabilitation after surgery
poor sleep patterns
The Treatment Process
This treatment is designed to be non-invasive and clients are usually fully clothed throughout a session. The emphasis is on the comfort of the client. Work may be performed on a massage table, or with the client sitting or standing. This is a cooperative therapy in that the client and the practitioner work together.
In a treatment session, the following may be performed: positional release; range of motion exploration, posture exercises, lymphatic work, energy movements, isometrics and isotonics, and subtle physical movements.
A typical treatment session lasts for around an hour and clients generally undergo anywhere from two to four sessions with a practitioner before an ongoing program of self-care is prescribed. However, the number of sessions required depends on the severity of a person’s condition and on the individual themselves. Sessions are usually held weekly.
Ortho-Bionomy and Other Treatments
Ortho-Bionomy works with traditional modern medicines and alternative therapies and complements existing treatment that the client may be receiving. It should not be used as a replacement for treatment for urgent medical condition such as a broken bone, however, once the urgency has passed, it can be used to help rehabilitate the body.
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