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Postural Relief of Common, Chronic Pain
A broadening of the model of causality of common, chronic pain from 1) direct effects from trauma, disease and disorder and 2) indirect effects from somatic dysfunction, to include 3) contextual effects from sub-optimal posture.
By: Robert Irvin, D.O.
Table of Contents
The problem of posture and pain.
Reinterpretation of previous studies in light of three forms of causality.
Contrasting the biologic standard of "normality" vs. the mechanical standard of "optimal" or "ideal" as therapeutic standards for posture and pain.
Determination of the ideal reference for measuring the pelvic level: the sacral base vs. the relative heights of the femoral heads.
Pancorporeal and strong effects of postural optimization on chronic pain.
Lack of ready explanation for the effect of optimized posture on chronic pain: a need for a new principle.
Principles of medical science
Aristotle's concept of true scientific knowledge.
Ten principles of science: 6 accepted, 2 recovered, and 2 posited.
2. correspondence; and
3. physis; Archetypes of Principles
natural proportionality of neighboring extents (recovered);
canons of proportionality of life forms;
Kepler's 3 Laws of Planetary Motion: "Harmony of the Spheres"; and
Newton's Law of Gravitation;
four preferred points of view (posited);
five standards for emphasis (posited); and of
six operatives of transformation (recovered) from cause to effect.
How a principle bears causally on the physical world.
Three contextual causalities of human posture.
Mechanical: the three primary mechanical actions of gait:
transformation of viscosity of the N.M.S. at heel strike;
recoil, both spring and elastic; and
Vibratory: The three morphogenic properties of the standing wave of the human being in terms of:
longitudinal span and component regions of the body as fundamental and harmonic frequencies;
anatomic curves as amplitudes of wave forms; and
anatomic planes as axes of vibratory distribution.
Gravitational: the three primary boundary conditions of posture.
attitude of the extrinsic base of support (ground); and