Book Review: Ortho-Bionomy – A Path to Self Care (By Luann Overmyer)
I genuinely believe this book on Ortho-Bionomy can help those living with discomfort. As a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) I see patients who are in pain every day. I am always on the lookout for information I can pass on to my patients that will make a difference in their quality of life. This is why I feel this book review is important to share.
How Ortho-Bionomy is Different
Positional Release Therapy (PRT) and Orhto-Bionomy (O-B) are two related techniques. In these approaches the therapist works with the body, as opposed to fighting against it. The goal is to find a position of maximal comfort and support the body in that position. By holding this position of comfort for a period of time (usually 10-90 seconds) it reminds the brain and nervous system what comfort feels like and the tight muscle is able to reflexively relax.
Upon learning of these approaches I promptly set out to learn all I could. I took courses and read everything I could get my hands on to deepen my understanding. I then integrated these techniques into my massage practice with great success and was amazed at how effective they were for my patients.
However, every resource I learned from emphasized that this was a completely passive process. In other words, this was something a therapist could do to a patient, but a patient could never do for themselves at home.
What This Book Does
This is why this book is so special. It is the first resource I have found that takes this traditionally passive technique and modifies it so anyone can do it to themselves at home. I was also really impressed at how the author communicated in clear language any lay person can understand. You need not be a massage therapist or have an in-depth understanding of anatomy to ‘get’ this book. The instructions for each of the release postures are clear and they are all accompanied by excellent photographs.
In addition, the book is very well organized. Each joint (the neck, shoulder, spine, knee, etc.) has its own chapter. There are also a few chapters devoted to specific ailments such as sciatica and Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS).
On a personal note this book was a real life saver for me. I had two minor motor vehicle accidents within mere weeks of each other (both times as a passenger) and I suddenly found myself coming home from work in considerable pain. It was to the point that I was concerned I would not be able to continue working as a massage therapist, which is my true calling and my passion.
When I found this book my heart nearly leapt out of my chest. I knew Ortho-Bionomy was effective as I had been using it with patients for years, but I had never considered it to be a potential at-home exercise program. I was excited to use myself as a guinea pig to try out these home care techniques.
Over the course of several weeks I would do some Ortho-Bionomy exercises to myself each day and sure enough my pain faded into the background. Now I am living pain free despite having a very physical job with many repetitive motions.
Seeking the Help you Need
Although books and online resources can be very helpful, if you are suffering from pain it is always best to seek professional assistance. Massage therapy is an excellent way to manage your pain naturally.
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-Last Updated Feb. 29, 2016
-Image used with permission of North Atlantic Books