How Does O-B Work?
Ortho-Bionomy is an approach to healing that works with the proprioceptive nervous system, which is an aspect of each body that tells us where we are in time and space. Proprioceptors are specialized structures found in muscles and tendons which are continually monitoring and adjusting tension patterns throughout the body. Sometimes, as a response to trauma, repeated activity and overuse, or emotional stress, the proprioceptors get misinformation or lose the connection with the rest of the body about what is happening and what is needed. A body can then develop patterns of dysfunction which can eventually create pain. If left untreated these patterns can involve larger parts of the body as they compensate as well as possible for those structures which aren't functioning as designed.
Through gentle positioning and movement the Ortho-Bionomy Practitioner along with the client will find positions that take tension off of the proprioceptors involved. While resting in a 'neutral' position proprioceptors have the opportunity to reorganize and reset. The relationship and communication that take place through the nervous system, between the various structures, become apparent as the self-corrective reflexes stimulate observable changes in muscles, tissue, and movement patterns. Functionality and well-being improve as the body begins to let go of the limiting patterns of holding, and integrates new information with increased range of motion and better circulation.
Ortho-Bionomy also acknowledges and affirms the inner wisdom in your body which supports your health and well-being. Ortho-Bionomy encompasses the principles and practice of assisting the organism to come into relationship with its inherent ability to self-correct. Ortho-Bionomy is also compassionate, kind and nonjudgmental.
An Ortho-Bionomy Practitioner will also suggest self-care techniques to support and enhance the release of tension and muscle contractions.
Whether looking for relief from specific discomfort or a safe and effective way to ease stress and promote relaxation, Ortho-Bionomy can be very beneficial. Ortho-Bionomy also integrates well with other health and healing systems.
An Ortho-Bionomist does not diagnose or treat diseases or physical or mental disorders of any kind.
Ortho-Bionomy is not a substitute for medical or psychological diagnosis or treatment. Although the client might experience relief of various symptoms, this relief is not a goal of Ortho-Bionomy per se, but rather is a byproduct of the improved capacity for self-regulation within the whole person.