Foundations of Morphodynamics in Osteopathy


This 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.

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An integrative approach to cranium, nervous system, and emotions by Torsten LIEM and Patrick van den HEEDE

In 38 chapters written by the editors 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.


Part I – Principles
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 and 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