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Philosophy of Osteomyology

The Association of Osteomyology was formed in 1993 as an umbrella organisation to bring together professional practitioners who wished to have a higher degree of expertise.  Both founders, Chairman Dr Sir Alan Clemens (awarded a knighthood in December 2012 for his contribution to the professions) and Registrar Karen Harding, had as a concept, the joining together of groups of professionals with similar ambitions in mind.  The exchanging and inter-relating of treatment techniques proven by themselves and individually, in their various practices. In the beginning, this proved to be extremely difficult.

At the same time, Prince Charles was spearheading the Osteopathic cause, which led to statutory registration in 1994, plus degree course status in Osteopathic education.

The General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) was formed in 1997 and controversially introduced measures dictating that all existing Osteopaths reapply to this newly formed ruling council, to maintain their status.  They also introduced a fee structure which made them the most expensive regulatory body, even more so than the medical profession governed by the General Medical Council (GMC).

This led to many Osteopathic practitioners leaving the profession - and joining the newly formed and progressive Association of Osteomyologists.  This is happening more and more today as GOsC 'stifles' the Osteopathic profession and progressively undermines and limits the profession as far as the Principles and Philosophies of Osteopathy are concerned.

The Association of Osteomyologists, on the other hand, understood the importance of other therapies and that an integrative approach was the only true means of embracing holism of each individual patient in their treatment plan.  These include the many and varied types of Massage and soft tissue work; Aromatherapy; Acupuncture techniques; Alexander Technique and Pilates for realignment and stability of posture; Homeopathy; Manipulative technique; Kinesiology; Physiotherapy; Cranial, Nutritional advice; Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) - in fact the list was endless. 

This has been the banner that they have been flying since 1993.

Osteomyology puts aside tunnel vision and allows the innovation of each and every practitioner to follow other bodywork protocols within their own personal development. In this way each practitioner may develop his own style without the restrictions of a regulatory body which progrogessively diminishes and dilutes its profession, which in the opinion of many, is the case with GOsC at present.

Dr Sir Alan Clemens believes that in his organisation there exists some of the greatest innovators and exponents of the healing arts. Osteomyology is not as most people are led to believe, a combination of other peoples favourite techniques, but a totally different protocol, a merging of both old and new, to develop a form, up until now, undiscovered.

The reason Osteomyology combines modalities and 'reinvents', arises from their philosophy and belief in VITALISM (the theory that the origin and phenomena of life are dependant on a force or principle distinct from purely chemical or physical forces). No one method is seen as a cure all, so this is the method of treating patients sympathetically, effectively, and above all, safely.

As individual as each person is, so is the individuality of each and every Osteomyology Practitioner.  As such, each practitioner is encouraged to expand their knowledge and progress unencumbered through forward and innovative reasoning.  Unlike other treatment methods, Osteomyology is not locked into the 'symptom-treatment syndrome' and is not confined by a regulatory body that has more concern for the 'perception of public safety' than the need of the individual patient.

This is the Osteomyology principle of 'Treatment Reinvention' which allows both philosophy and principle of its professional practitioners to develop unhindered and without the constraints of regulatory bodies that serve public awareness rather than individual patient care.

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