What is Ortho-Bionomy therapy?
Ortho-Bionomy Therapy is a non-invasive healing methodology that is designed to address conditions associated with pain and stress. It was developed by osteopath Arthur Lincoln Pauls in the 1970s. It is based on the principle that a gentle and non-invasive body alignment has a positive effect on various physical and emotional disorders.
Based on osteopathic principles, Ortho-Bionomy Therapy focuses primarily on facilitating the natural self-healing and self-regulating responses of the body. To obtain these responses, the practitioner performs a gentle exaggeration of the structural, fluid, and/or energetic imbalances to stimulate the body’s innate self-regulating mechanisms. In return, the comfort and ease of movement within the client is supported. This technique is very safe even for those people who have limitations due to age, illness, or pain.
The techniques used in Ortho-Bionomy Therapy vary from the physical and structural, to a more fluid based, then to the purely energetic. This will allow the practitioner to employ their techniques which are appropriate for the client and their condition. Some of these techniques include:
- Cranial and visceral balancing
- Gentle rocking
- Isometric and isotonic techniques
- Neuroendocrine balancing
- Neurolymphatic balancing
- Positional release
- Postural re-education and self-care exercises
- Range-of-motion exploration
- Static holding
- Subtle or minute movements
- Work in the energy field of the body
One of the principles of Ortho-Bionomy Therapy is "away from pain, towards ease and comfort" which means that a strong focus is placed on the comfort of the client. The practitioner usually works with the client fully clothed on a massage table, but they may also work with the client standing or seated. Oftentimes, the practitioner will use a gentle contact, movement, compression and positioning of structure and/or soft tissue to resolve pain, imbalance, or injury. They do not use force or aggressive techniques during treatments. The practitioner and the client are working together to monitor the release of tension patterns.
Health benefits of Ortho-Bionomy
Ortho-Bionomy Therapy is primarily used to help alleviate chronic pain associated with injuries, muscle and joint problems, and arthritis. Other benefits of this therapy include:
- reduce stress
- increase blood circulation
- promote relaxation
- improve problems associated with body posture or structural alignment
In addition, the gentle technique used in Ortho-Bionomy Therapy is recommended for acute pain and various rehabilitative injuries. It is also used by massage therapists to relieve knotted muscles.
Ortho-Bionomy Therapy is generally safe for newborns, the elderly, and for people in post-operative conditions. Dancers and athletes may improve their performances with this therapy by improving balance and increasing flexibility.