Ortho-Bionomy® is a gentle bodywork technique that can be used to relieve a wide range of conditions associated with localised pain, movement restrictions and postural imbalances. This little known modality essentially works with the structure and alignment of the body by utilising a range of techniques for correcting any existing imbalances. ntpages decided to find out more by speaking with Ortho-Bionomy® practitioner Anita Blackley from Bairnsdale Natural Health Centre.
How did you come into contact with Ortho-Bionomy®?
"I first came in contact with Ortho-Bionomy® after my 6 year old son, who had been seeing a chiropractor, was diagnosed with juvenile idiopathic scoliosis which, I was informed, would require a drastic procedure of inserting a spinal rod in order to keep his back straight. My sister advised me to see someone who might be able to help, which is how I came to meet Allison Baensch, Australia’s first registered Ortho-Bionomy® teacher. She worked on my son and taught me some methods I could use as well to work on him at home. I was so amazed with the results that I decided to make a career of it. I started study in the mid 1990’s and I have been practicing now for approximately five years and continue to attend regular workshops to ensure I deliver the best possible care to my clients."
Where are the origins of the modality?
"Arthur Lincoln Pauls, a Canadian osteopath was the inspiration behind Ortho-Bionomy®. He visited Australia in 1976 to conduct a lecture tour which was the impetus behind the interest in the modality locally."
So what modalities does Ortho-Bionomy® draw on?
Where does the judo angle come from?
"Pauls had a background in the martial arts, so incorporated the inherent energy of this martial art into the modality."
What conditions can Ortho-Bionomy® be used to treat?
"Any motion or joint restriction, repetitive strain, structural imbalance, pain or stress related condition can all benefit from the gentle effects of Ortho-Bionomy®."
Where does treatment occur?
"There is a great deal of emphasis placed on client comfort, so one may be treated in a variety of positions including on a massage table, seated or standing."
And what does treatment consist of?
"A practitioner may make use of postural exercises, gentle rocking, range of motion movement and positional release to name a few – with a session typically lasting an hour on a weekly basis."
Is there a typical number of sessions?
"This depends on the client’s condition and its seriousness, with two to four sessions a starting point. The longer one has had a condition the more sessions it normally takes to resolve it. Clients will also be advised on a range of home self-care exercises to assist in recovery from long term conditions."
What is the relationship of Ortho-Bionomy® and conventional medicine?
"Ortho-Bionomy® is first and foremost aimed at healing, but is not intended to replace medical care though it can obviously complement it."
To experience this therapy, find an Ortho-Bionomy practitioner in your area today!