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The Five Osteopathic Models


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Chapter 1 Osteopathy: a practice based on tradition, research, critical thinking and art

Chapter 2 Adaptive local response: somatic dysfunction

Chapter 3 General adaptation syndrome: biological fluids, involuntary rhythms and fascial compensation schemes


Chapter 4 The biomechanical model

Chapter 5 The neurological model

Chapter 6 The respiratory-circulatory model

Chapter 7 The metabolic-energetic model

Chapter 8 The behavioral-biopsychosocial model

Chapter 9 Selection and integration of models in osteopathic treatment and management


About the Author

Raymond J. Hruby, DO, MS FAAO (Dist), graduated from the College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1973. After a variety of clinical and academic posts, in 1999 he became professor and chair of the Department of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine at the Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine in Pomona, California. He recently "retired" from this position, but continues his work at Western University as a consultant to the Department of NMM/OMM. In this capacity he is involved with teaching, research, curriculum analysis and development, and mentoring of new faculty and Predoctoral OMM Fellows. He is also involved with Western University's Interprofessional Education program, and he lectures part-time in the Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences, among others.

Paolo Tozzi MSc Ost, DO, PT Is Principal of the First Italian School of Veterinary Osteopathy, Vice-Principal of the Italian Association of Posturologists, former Treasurer of the Osteopathic European Academic Network (OsEAN), and former Vice Principal of CROMON, the Centre for Holistic Research in Osteopathy and Natural Medicine, Rome.

He lectures widely on osteopathy, biomechanics and manual therapy, and organized the first international congress on veterinary osteopathy (Rome 2012).

Christian Lunghi works as an osteopath and naturopath in Rome and Bracciano (Italy). He is a member of the Italian Advisory Board of the Centre for Osteopathic Medicine Collaboration foundation (COME), and a member of the Research Committee and of the National Examining Board of the Italian Register of Osteopaths (ROI). He lectures on osteopathic clinical reasoning and on the rationale of osteopathic medicine. He is author and co-author of publications in indexed journals and co-author of a chapter in Fascia in the Osteopathic Field, also published by Handspring Publishing.

Giampiero Fusco is a physiotherapist and an osteopath. He teaches widely in Italy on both undergraduate and masters programmes in osteopathy. He is a member of the Research Committee of the Italian Register of Osteopaths, and has spoken at various national and international conferences. His work has been published in the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies.

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