Beyond the Box

Osteopathy in the Cranial Field, the legacy of Swedenborg, Still and Sutherland, cannot be contained in a box.  A box was initially necessary for the evolution of awareness and understanding to germinate. This Osteopathic legacy of cranial work has now evolved beyond one label. 

Just as an orchestra has many members and instruments, the orchestration of this evolutionary awareness with its Osteopathic genesis contains many members.  All members of this orchestra do not possess a DO after their name.  MD, DDS, PT, NMD, LMT name a few of the other instrumental players. There is more than one orchestra as well.  The consciousness of the cranial concept has spread worldwide in the 21st century. 

The Orchestration of Osteopathy

Swedenborg was a Renaissance man of the 18th century; one of his many interests was anatomy. During Civil War America, Andrew Taylor Still actively developed and expanded on Swedenborg’s theorizing and named his practical application and experiences with patients Osteopathy. Sutherland became the conductor of the Osteopathic Orchestra in the 20th century, refining and expanding the cranial concept. The 21st century witnesses the outgrowth of this understanding. 

Just as an orchestra has many members and instruments, the orchestration of this evolutionary awareness with its genesis within Osteopathy contains many members.  All members of this orchestra do not possess a DO after their name.  MD, DDS, PT, NMD, LMT name a few of the other instrumental players. There is more than one orchestra as well.  This viewpoint, originating in Missouri during the days of the Civil War, has now spread worldwide in the 21st century. 

The primary difference in the various ‘orchestral players’ is their level of training. Cranial courses are primarily post-graduate offerings to health-care practitioners who have other licensure. As in any orchestra, there are artists and there are beginning players.

“Previous to all discoveries

there exists a demand for that discovery.”

Andrew Taylor Still

The history and evolution of Osteopathy is fascinating.
Read more about the stories behind these giants of the past. 

Emmanuel Swedenborg

William Garner Sutherland

Andrew Taylor Still

Contemporary Cranial Conductors 

in the Osteopathic Orchestral Legacy