The skeletal system can be compared to a living, intricately patterned mobile, including the shapes and contours of the individual bones of the foot to the 22 bones that comprise the cranial mechanism. Each bone articulates with it’s neighboring bone or bones so that the total skeletal mechanism is one of efficiency in man’s walkabout on earth. All of them are in motion from the top of the head to the bottom of the feet throughout life. The muscular system of the body, together with the connective tissue fascias that unite them to the skeletal system, form a framework of co-ordinated locomotion for the use of the individual. There are other muscular systems in the body that serve to maintain the internal functioning of life-the cardiovascular, costorespiratory, gastrointestinal and urogenital systems. Again, these musculoskeletal systems have a living tone quality that is palpable to the physician’s diagnostic and therapeutic hands and can be evaluated as part of the baseline of health for the individual. There are many other soft tissue systems in the body, including all the viscera. The central and peripheral nervous system and the autonomic nervous system are included in the soft tissues of the body and are the vast communication network for total body functioning.
Each one of these systems is complex in it’s organization and has normal values for functioning that are part of the armamentarium of every physician’s diagnostic insight. There is a biorhythmicity of function that is organically interrelated to functioning patterns for all hours of the day and night for all systems of the body and this information is a part of every physician’s training.
It is interesting to consider all the fluids that make up the normal physiology of a patient’s health pattern. These include the cerebrospinal fluid, blood, lymph, interstitial and serous fluids. All of them interchange in body physiology with each other and with all the living cells which they surround and bathe. There is tone quality and quantity of function that is palpable to the physician in his evaluation of the patient’s baseline of health, through the examination of many of these fluids.
Finally there is the psycho-mental-emotional-mind of the patient, which shares in importance with the total health of the patient as much as does the physical health of his body physiology. How does this patient view his health level of functioning? What is his stability factor as to his emotional make-up? I he basically a nervous type, sensitive to change that takes place in his environment, or is he more phlegmatic in his approach to his health and his needs? How does he react to the stress of life: does his musculoskeletal system have that constant feeling of tension that we find in so many of our patients today? Does he react through other systems of the body with palpitations or gastrointestinal symptoms?
All these considerations are held by the bodynamic therapist as they palpate and receive information through a holistic lens.
Rollin E Becker – The Nature Of Trauma – extract from – Life In Motion