A Biodynamic Approach to Osteopathy in the Cranial Field (BOCF) was developed by James Jealous DO in the 1980s as a continuation and renewal of osteopathy. Inspired by Sutherland’s discovery of Primary Respiration (see Cranial Osteopathy), Jealous applied this new knowledge and understanding to the study of human growth and development (see article). Through the work of embryologist Erich Blechschmidt (whose use of the term “biodynamic” in describing embryological growth forces led to its use by Jealous), Jealous found further scientific evidence that organizational forces and fluid motion in and around the human embryo create living form and precede structure. This led him to an understanding of the embryo as an archetype of perfect form, and to the discovery that the forces of embryogenesis are the same forces of healing and regeneration that occur throughout life.
Over the last three decades, Dr. Jealous and his students have continued this study through research, practice, and experiences in the natural world (read interview). Osteopaths skilled in this practice have completed several years of training through intensive course work and clinical practice (for a list of trained physicians in your area, click here). Like all traditional osteopathy, BOCF is primarily learned by apprenticeship, with teacher and student working one-on-one with patients in a clinical setting.
The movement of creation can be observed in all living forms. This phenomenological approach to science is at the heart of osteopathy. Indeed, it offers a renewal for all modern science.
“To find health should be the object of the doctor. Anyone can find disease.“ -A.T. Still, 1899