Foundations of Morphodynamics in Osteopathy: An Integrative Approach to Cranium, Nervous system, and Emotions

Foundations of Morphodynamics in Osteopathy: An Integrative Approach to Cranium, Nervous system, and Emotions
Editors: Torsten Liem & Patrick van den Heede
Handspring Publishing
Book Description: 

In 35 chapters written by the editor and a team of internationally renowned contributors the book covers the underlying principles of osteopathic palpation from a biodynamic and ‘morphodynamic’ perspective, and their application in the cranial field and the spinal cord.
It emphasises the importance of considering not just the patient’s physical self, but also the inner consciousness. It teaches how to assess tissue-energy characteristics, and to use this understanding in managing the whole patient.
The work discusses biophysical, neurobiological and psychological interactions as well as the interplay of developmental dynamics and further epigenetic influences on the organism.
As well as the primary respiratory mechanism, various biological rhythms play an important role within osteopathic treatment; the book explores new insights that flow from chronobiology and rhythm research.
All osteopathic practice develops on conceptual foundations. Acknowledging the importance in the practice of osteopathy of such theoretical underpinning, the book discusses osteopathy with regard to the development of paradigms within the healing arts as well as from various philosophical viewpoints – such as postmodern, system-theoretical, Goethian and phenomenological. It examines thoroughly the multi-layered dynamics of development of human beings interacting with their environment.
The resulting implications for therapeutic interaction as well as principles of diagnosis and treatment form the core of the book. These fundamental principles are then specifically applied to the cranial sphere. This section focuses primarily on the treatment of the brain, as well as the developmental dynamics of the relations of the midline, cranial bones, dural structures, vessels and cranial nerves.


1 Paradigms of healing
Torsten Liem
2 Osteopathic philosophy
Walter Llewellyn McKone
3 The osteopathic object reloaded
Peter Sommerfeld
4 Biological rhythms
Torsten Liem
5 Physical and neurobiological principles
Lorenz Fischer
6 The effect of formative and regulatory forces on living organisms
Torsten Liem
7 Regulatory forces in embryology
Torsten Liem
8 The role of mechanical stresses in embryonic development
Lev V. Beloussov
9 The incarnating embryo
Jaap van der Wal and Guus H. van der Bie
10 Prenatal and perinatal worlds of experience
Ludwig Janus
11 Evolution of the mind-body-spirit unit
James McGovern and Rene J. McGovern
12 Touch as a therapeutic intervention
Tsafi Lederman with contributions from Eyal Lederman
13 What is health? What is disease?
Torsten Liem, Matthias Flatscher
14 Somatic dysfunction and compensation
Torsten Liem, Michael M. Patterson, Jochen Frühwein
15 Thoughts on the significance of systems theory
Peter Sommerfeld
16 The osteopathic experience of fulcrums
Stephen Paulus
17 Principles of diagnosis
Torsten Liem
18 The practitioner and the therapeutic interaction
Torsten Liem
19 Treatment principles
Torsten Liem
20 Total rhythmic balanced interchange according to Becker
Torsten Liem
21 Midline – Development and introduction
Torsten Liem
22 Hyoid bone and anterior midline
Patrick van den Heede
23 An osteopathic approach to Midline
John McPartland and Evelyn Skinner
24 The fluid body
Torsten Liem
25 Energy bodies
Torsten Liem
26 Chakra system related to pre- and perinatal dynamics
Terence Dowling

Part 2
Application to the cranial field

27 History and development of the teachings of William Garner Sutherland
Nathalie Trottier
28 Development of the cranium and an outline of the growth dynamics of the cranial bones
Torsten Liem with the contributions by Marie-Odile Fessenmayer
29 Morphology of the cranium according to Rohen
Torsten Liem
30 Intraosseous techniques
Torsten Liem
31 Developmental dynamic approaches to treating the head, dura, diaphragm, neck and pharyngeal arches
Torsten Liem
32 Development of the senses
Brian Freeman
33 Developmental dynamics of the nervous system
according to Blechschmidt
Torsten Liem
34 The brain as a morphogenetic field
Patrick van den Heede, Rüdiger Goldenstein
35 Osteopathic brain and spinal cord assessments
Torsten Liem, Bruno Chikly
36 Treating the brain
Bruno Chikly, Torsten Liem
37 Treating the spinal cord
Bruno Chikly, Torsten Liem
38 Treating the autonomic nervous system
Torsten Liem, Bruno Chikly

Author Biography: 

Torsten Liem MSc DO is Joint Principal of the German School of Osteopathy, a practising osteopath, lecturer in cranial osteopathy and head of several osteopathic MSc-programmes in Germany and Europe. He is the author and editor of several books and has written numerous articles. Torsten Liem is organiser of the international osteopathy symposia in Berlin; founder of an osteopathic teaching clinic and of the charitably financed centre for paediatric osteopathy in Hamburg. A board member of the German and European Societies of Pediatric Osteopathy, Torsten Liem is also co-founder and coeditor of the journal Osteopathische Medizin (Elsevier), member of the Advisory Board of the International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine, and co-founder of Breathe Yoga. His core vision is the implementation of osteopathic principles in practice, and connecting them with the principles of classical Chinese medicine and yoga, and with psychological and energetic aspects.

Patrick Van Den Heede DO, MSc trained in manual therapy at the University of Antwerp and in clinical child psychology (‘psychomotricity’) at the University of Louvain. A practising osteopath since 1977, he has taught at several different European colleges. Together with Torsten Liem he founded the Integrative Institute of Morphology in 2009.
Dr van den Heede has written several books including most recently Osteopathic Medicine – Holonomic keys for treatment

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