Modeled Repetitive Motion Strain and Indirect Osteopathic Manipulative Techniques

Research study looks into the cellular mechanisms supporting the efficacy of osteopathic manipulative techniques (OMT): “Modeled Repetitive Motion Strain and Indirect Osteopathic Manipulative Techniques in Regulation of Human Fibroblast Proliferation and Interleukin Secretion”; Kate R. Meltzer, MS and Paul R. Standley, PhD, JAOA, Volume 107, No 12, December 2007, pp. 527-536. “Although clinical studies have…

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The Still Technique for an up slipped or down slipped innominate:

The Still Technique Manual, Richard L. Van Buskirk, D.O., second edition, 2006, pg. 96-101. Up Slipped and Down Slipped innominates occur when the entire innominate shears upward or downward at the sacroiliac joint and it will affect all three poles of the SI joint. The sacroiliac joint is L-shaped with a superior branch and an…

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Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment of the Sacrum: Review and Pearl

Diagnosing and treating the sacrum can be complicated. The Mitchell Model of sacral mechanics is the primary model taught in the Osteopathic Medical schools in the United States and this model primarily discusses the motions of the sacrum in relation to the lumbar spine. The somatic dysfunctions of the Mitchell model are sacral torsions, bilateral…

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“Connective tissue: A body-wide signaling network?”

Helene M. Langevin, MD, Medical Hypotheses, Vol 66, Issue 6, 2006, 1074-1077 doi:10.1016/j.mehy.2005.12.032 “Unspecialized ‘loose’ connective tissue forms an anatomical network throughout the body. This paper presents the hypothesis that, in addition, connective tissue functions as a body-wide mechanosensitive signaling network.” “No known mechanism, however, explains how mechanical forces might be interpreted and integrated at…

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Tensegrity and Mechanoregulation: From Skeleton to Cytoskeleton

Christopher S. Chen and Donald E. Ingber, Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Osteoarthritis and Cartilage (1999) 7, 81-94. doi:10.1053/joca.1998.1064 “In living organisms, use of a hierarchy of tensegrity networks both optimizes structural efficiency and provides a mechanism to mechanically couple the parts with the whole: mechanical stresses applied at the macroscale result in structural rearrangements…

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