At the Still Point of the Turning World : The Art and Philosophy of Osteopathy
Provides an important contribution to the ongoing debate about the scope and approach of osteopathy (mechanistic vs psychological/spiritual). Looks at the dichotomy between the spirit and the science within osteopathy. Argues that the most effective care is given when a skilled practitioner combines technical skill with empathy, compassion and a still, listening attitude. Suggests that while hard research and clinical evidence provide important underpinning it is the human qualities of wisdom and compassion which can develop osteopathy into an art. Based on over 40 years' experience as a dedicated practitioner and a gifted teacher. At a time when the debate is more open and lively than ever this book is very timely.
- Hardback | 208 pages
- 156 x 234 x 18mm | 500g
- 28 May 2013
- Handspring Publishing Limited
- Pencaitland, United Kingdom
Table of contents
1 Osteopathy: an overview [some history, the evolution of osteopathic thinking, misconceptions (inside and outside the profession), styles, theoretical fundamentals, the scope and perspective of the work].2 The vital quality of Motion [its ingredients and structural and physiological significance, how to read or interpret it; contributions from physicists and biologists].3 Holism and the osteopathic 'lens' [problems with holism; the importance of pattern and context as individuated expressions of health or ill health].4 Reciprocity [interconnectedness, relationship, interaction]. 5 Mainstream to 'cranial': continuum or quantum leap? [false dichotomies, commonalities, true differences; contributions of quantum theory]. 6 Subjectivity and the 'dance' [entrainment, resonance, transcendence; the importance of models in holistic paradigms]. 7 The Intelligent Fulcrum: palpation and thought on the move [a transcription of a lecture delivered in London to the Sutherland Cranial College]. 8 The Healing - 'if it comes at all, it comes from within' (Korr) [aspects of (unfashionable) vitalism]. 9 Beyond Technique: meeting the lesion [the true challenge of technique]. 10 Placebo and Ritual [the value of the so-called placebo effect; patients' belief in their capacity to regain health; autonomy versus dependency]. 11 The Human Spirit [adaptability, self-correction and survival]. 12 R & D & Safety [professional preoccupations]. 13 Divine Chaos: direction, meaning and mystery [the unconditional relationship with and commitment to life; the other 'uncertainty principle']. 14 The Exquisite nature of Paradox [truth enfolded in apparent contradiction]. 15 Epilogue: tying it together [spirit, humanity: relevance to the 'art']
What the Reviewers Say "This is a unique text. It contains a remarkable mix. The scientific perspectives have probably never [before] been gathered together in one place. This is priceless, and makes the book essential reading for the intelligent osteopath. " Harold S Klug DO, Osteopathy practitioner, London, UK. "For those who have ears to listen and eyes to read it will probably become the most inspiring osteopathic book of their lives and careers!" Paolo Tozzi MSc Ost FT, Osteopathy teacher, Italy. "This book is long overdue and is a contribution to osteopathic thought and philosophy which has never before been so eloquently stated." Gerald Lamb BSc(Lond) DO, Osteopathy Practitioner, London, UK and International Lecturer. "[This book] will become a classic text of 'must reads' for those who think - ." Nicholas Handoll DO MSCC, Osteopathy practitioner, Hereford UK.
About Robert Lever
Robert Lever BA DO is a highly-skilled and well-respected practising osteopath with over 40 years' of experience in providing holistic and compassionate care. He is also a gifted and empathetic teacher who strives to share with his students the understanding of the background science and philosophy of osteopathy which is essential for the effective delivery of care. For over 35 years he lectured on the Principles of Osteopathic Practice at European School of Osteopathy, Maidstone, UK which later awarded him its Medal of Honour for services to osteopathic education.