Clinical Practice  |   March 2020
Osteopathic Treatment Approach to Psychoemotional Trauma by Means of Bifocal Integration
Author Notes
  • From the Osteopathie Schule Deutschland in Hamburg, Germany (Mr Liem) and the Institut für Anatomie at Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg (Prof Neuhuber) in Erlangen, Germany.  
  • Financial Disclosures: None reported. 
  • Support: None reported. 
  • Address correspondence to Torsten Liem, MSc Ost, MSc Paed Ost, Osteopathie Schule Deutschland, Mexikoring 19, 22297 Hamburg, Germany. 
Article Information
Emergency Medicine
Clinical Practice   |   March 2020
Osteopathic Treatment Approach to Psychoemotional Trauma by Means of Bifocal Integration
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, March 2020, Vol. 120, 180-189. doi:https://doi.org/10.7556/jaoa.2020.021
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, March 2020, Vol. 120, 180-189. doi:https://doi.org/10.7556/jaoa.2020.021
Abstract

Traumatic psychoemotional experiences often manifest in hypersympathetic states of excitement or in immobilization and withdrawal behaviors. A person with this kind of traumatic background may present with an autonomic response consistently maintained in the defensive state, which over time becomes a stressor. In this article, the authors discuss an osteopathic approach to psychoemotional trauma by means of bifocal integration, with an emphasis on promoting a relaxed body and mind by actively involving the patient in the healing process. They briefly discuss the role of mind-body therapies in treatment, considering the popular polyvagal theory and other neuropsychophysiological frameworks. The authors also focus on clinical practice, introducing the reader to the different elements of the osteopathic treatment, including the acknowledgement and integration of top-down and bottom-up dynamics in diagnosis and therapy.

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