Scientific Research meets Cranial Osteopathy – the 2018 Midsummer SCCO Conference

Five years ago I went to the SCC’s Hidden Treasures Conferences, delighted that our world was getting its act together with regards to research.  While I didn’t come away with a sheaf of RCT-level data to inform my patients, I did come away with the impression of a great deal of brain power and critical…

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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…

Can you cause a stroke by manipulating a neck?

I rarely, rarely manipulate cervical spines. I hardly ever did CT junctions anyway, but that’s mostly because I never really got the hang of them. But necks, I used to love them. By far the easiest manipulation, I used a cradle hold, had really nice, high velocity and low amplitude and could easily produce a…

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…