Guest Essay by Jo Wildy: The UK Osteopathic Profession -an argument for greater inclusion of “Osteopathy in the Cranial Field”

Introduction This is an edited version of one of 3 articles which you can find on Jo’s website.  It was originally published in Sutherland Cranial Magazine.  Jo spoke most inspiringly at last weekend’s Sutherland Cranial College conference, and I hope that more of her recent work is soon to be given a wider audience. This…

Just what is “magical thinking”?

I’ve been hearing the phrase “magical thinking” for a few years now, ever since I began to take an interest in what skeptics were saying about alternative medicine.   It’s generally a derogatory term, the ‘magical’ bit seeming to be the antithesis of sensible science, which uses “critical” thinking.(1)  And then just recently, I noticed…

The Placebo Response: Time to come out of the shadows

While I have been gaily writing blogs on any passing topic that piques my interest, I am all too well aware that I can only do this because I stand on the shoulders of all those osteopaths (and other manual therapists)  who spend considerable time and intellectual effort doing the sterling groundwork necessary to create…

Things that make me tense (osteopathically speaking)

Not knowing a condition that a patient mentions – Talking to doctors – Friends doing massage courses and me suspecting they might give better treatments than me  – Meeting craniosacral therapists – Bumping into ex–patients and their Mums at toddler group, especially ones that never came back – Being asked how does this work? –…

Eyal Lederman, and the “process approach”

Eyal Lederman is a big figure in osteopathy.  And unusually for osteopathy, he is even quite a big figure outside of osteopathy in the wider manual therapy world.  I don’t think he is in any osteopathic camp – classical, cranial, biomechanical – but he has forged his own interesting path.  If anything he fits neatly…

Is “osteopathy” the right name for our profession?

Not so long ago I was very grateful to receive a communication from an osteopath about my oft-repeated interpretation of the word “osteopathy”.  I have always taken it to  mean, in an etymological sense, “diseases of the bones”.  I was relating the “path” bit to “pathology”, without having looked deeper at its meaning.  This astute…