What is Osteomyology? The term osteomyology is made up of osteo or bone, myo or muscle, and ology or study of; hence it refers to study of the bone and muscle. It also refers to a group of like-minded practitioners who joined forces in 1992 with the goal of improving upon basic and advances techniques in the field. Feeling that existing osteopathy training was subpar, the Association of Osteomyologists was formed to bring a higher level of expertise to the profession.
The Association of Osteomyologists
Stemming from dissatisfaction within the chiropractic and osteopathic professions, a group of qualified healthcare providers joined forces to interchange treatment approaches and protocols in order to provide the best care possible, By exchanging skills proven to be effective in their individual practices, the ethos of the Osteomyologists is to treat patients using many and varied methods.
Treatment reinvention is the overriding philosophy of the Osteomyology Association. Moving away from a rigid, tunnel vision approach to conditions, practitioner are able to switch from one protocol to another, to combine methods, and to become competent in a wide range of healing modalities. “Vitalism” is another key philosophy in Osteomyology, where there is no one cure-all approach and where each patient is viewed individually and uniquely. In this manner, the multi-disciplined practitioners are able to adapt techniques for individual conditions and circumstances.
Osteomyology Continuing Professional Development
Another tenet of the Association of Osteomyologists is encouraging its members to pursue ongoing professional development (CPD). Looking at both the symptoms and root causes of conditions, Osteomyology is a whole-person, holistic approach to healing and rehabiliation.
Some of the techniques an Osteomyologist might use include:
- Cranial therapy
- Cranio-Sacral therapy
- Chiropractic manipulations
- Soft tissue treatment (of tendons, ligaments, muscles)
- Balancing techniques
- Fascial release and unwinding
- Nutritional counseling
- Posture realignment
- Alexander Method
Conditions Treated by an Osteomyologist
If you are a practitioner who is interested in adding new competencies to your treatment of bones, muscles and nerves, consider joining the body of likeminded professionals who use multiple disciplines to bring healing and relief to their patients. Conditions an Osteomyologist may treat include:
- Musculoskeletal disorders
- Back and neck pain
- Reduced joint and spine flexibility
- Repetitive stress injuries
- Sports injuries
- Pregnancy related issues
- Sciatic pain
- Poor posture
- Migraine headaches
- Sleep disturbances
How to Find a Qualified Osteomyologist
Qualified Osteomyologists will have the letters MAO after their name, meaning Member of the Association of Osteomyologists. This status indicates that they are registered, follow ethical guidelines, and meet strict regulations. They may also hold an Osteopathy Degree with Honours – BSc (Hons) Ost – or a combination of the two with the distinction of MAO (manip) BSc (Hons) Ost.