This is a practical illustrated textbook and reference, designed for the interested practitioner and for the beginning to intermediate student of this topic. Advanced practitioners will also find it useful. It easily can be used as an accompanying text or manual for a first or second course in osteopathy in the cranial field, and some topics are useful for more advanced study. It would be especially suitable for use in a 40-hour first or second course in this topic.
Based on the model developed by William G. Sutherland, D.O., the book discusses the physiology and anatomy of the primary respiratory mechanism, its function in health, and changes that occur during disease processes. It provides practical exercises for developing the palpatory skills needed for this form of manipulation, along with other pertinent information such as functional anatomy, articulations, and physiologic motion of the various components of this mechanism. The text includes clear descriptions of the osteopathic techniques for treatment of the primary respiratory system. Over one hundred drawings and photographs vividly demonstrate how to perform these techniques in the clinical setting. Other topics include principles of diagnosis and treatment, and treatment sequencing.
Dr. Hruby is a graduate of the College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery in Des Moines, Iowa. He is board certified in Family Medicine/OMT by the American Board of Osteopathic Family Practice and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine by the American Osteopathic Board on Special Proficiency in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine. Dr. Hruby completed a traditional internship at Osteopathic Hospital of Maine, Portland, ME and was in private practice for sixteen years. He is retired as a Professor and Chair of the Department of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine at COMP, he continues consulting with the school’s Department of NMM/OMM on teaching, research, curriculum analysis and development, new faculty mentorships and Predoctoral OMM Fellows. He is involved with WUHS’s Interprofessional Education program, and lectures part-time in the Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences, among others. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Osteopathy. He holds a Certificate of Proficiency in Osteopathy in the Cranial Field from the Osteopathic Cranial Academy. His memberships include: AOA, AAO. ACOFP, OCA, OPSC.
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