Ortho-Bionomy is a noninvasive approach for pain and postural/structural imbalance due to injury, surgery, or chronic stress. Comfort and home exercises without forceful movements are emphasized, although the technique was developed by an osteopath. This is sometimes described as a “homeopathic” use of osteopathic principles to encourage self-healing.

The patient’s body is always moved in the direction of comfort, which encourages relaxation and trust in the process and the practitioner. This facilitates rapid neuromuscular reeducation and gait training, postural release, and home care– based therapeutic routines.

Historical Context

The British osteopath Arthur Lincoln Pauls read Lawrence Jones’s 1964 article “Spontaneous Release by Positioning” while still in osteopathic college. He was intrigued by Jones’s observation that if he placed a patient in a position that exaggerated his or her ...

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