Evolutionary Physiology is the study of how the form and function of living things are influenced by the evolutionary trajectory of their antecedents. It is a relatively recent area of scientific activity, with many of the relevant papers on this subject being presented at the SOCIETY FOR INTEGRATIVE AND COMPARATIVE BIOLOGY. The role that evolution has played in shaping our form and function is unmistakable, and insights into how evolutionary parameters define our perceptions and actions are emerging rapidly. The correlations used in this model that link our developmental reflexes to their evolutionary heritage are based on the theoretical principles underlying Evolutionary Physiology.
Developmental Psychology is an area of scientific research extending over at least 130 years. There are many well-established insights that have held up well over time, as well as many ideas that remain controversial. This is a very rewarding area of study.
This writer’s exposure to Developmental Psychology and Infant Development comes from his training as a Core Specialist in MNRI.
The behavioral correlations to the Developmental Reflexes used in the survey originate from Developmental Psychology. There are avenues for further exploration of these correlations in the resources section under Developmental Reflexes:
Manual Therapy is a touch therapy skill with profound efficacy in preventative and curative medicine, focused primarily on structural issues, but with some benefit over the scope of pathologies to which we are susceptible. Based on the tradition of Osteopathic Medicine, research validating Osteopathic treatments on extensive and ongoing. The origin of Manual Therapy predates the emergence of modern medicine, perhaps by as much as 50,000 years, and was the prevalent means of preventative and corrective care until about 1915. Although not a replacement for many aspects of standard medical care, there is growing recognition for the efficacy of this, as well as other Complimentary and Alternative Medical approaches. Manual Therapy underlies the physiological attributes of the models presented on this website.
A looming challenge is the most efficacious method to integrate Traditional and Allopathic (standard) care. Doing so will originate from the ongoing and accelerating research in these complementary modalities. The articles in this special section report in SCIENCE MAGAZINE provide an excellent overview of these efforts:
Science Magazine Special Section on Traditional and Complementary Medicine, Part 1
Science Magazine Special Section on Traditional and Complementary Medicine, Part 2
Science Magazine Special Section on Traditional and Complementary Medicine, Part 3
The principal contributor to this website is a Manual Therapist, and there is consequently a page dedicated to this specific modality:
However, the function of this website is to serve as a tool to support all health modalities, oriented to both the Psyche and Soma and the Manual Therapy bias is sublimated to this purpose.
N.B.: The Wikipedia page on Osteopathy has been corrupted, probably by Quackwatch (it has that look), which is backed by the IFPMA and the AMA with the intent to undermine competitive health maintenance modalities. Quackwatch is an egregious example of the self-serving, corrupt conduct infecting the commons for discourse regarding health and well-being, under the guise of Science.
TOUCH FOR HEALTH/BRAIN GYM
The correlations between how well we move and how dominant a protective reaction we experience can be measured using the tools of Energy Kinesiology. Touch for Health and Brain Gym offers both assessment and correction tools for this purpose. These modalities synergize and extend the scope of Eastern and Traditional Western Healing Modalities.
TOUCH FOR HEALTH
The origins of many of these techniques are very likely lost to antiquity, which was made apparent to this writer when he first read about Otzi the Iceman’s tattoos.
Biotensegrity is the study of how tension and compression interact in living tissue. It offers a Holistic model for understanding the structural and functional framework for living things that evolved the ability to move (Animals), based on the study of the fascial web from which we are made. Much of the cutting edge research is presented biannually at the:
FASCIAL RESEARCH CONGRESS
Biotensegrity is a subset of an area of study called Tensegrity, which originated with the work of Kenneth Snelson and R. Buckminster Fuller in the 1950s. This author finds that cultivating his understanding of the Tensegrity principle as applied to biological systems has greatly extended his ability to help his clients, not only with physical issues but also with their emotional expression and cognitive clarity.
Without the addition of Biotensegrity to this model, the descriptions may appear as discrete elements, with little relationship to each other. With the help of an understanding of Biotensegrity, the parts can be better discussed in relation to the holistic living organism. The section on Tensegrity is quite extensive, attempting to provide an overview of the structural mechanics, functional influences and applications of this principle in our bodies. Here is a link to that section:
For further reading on this subject the books on this Amazon link are either recommended or are on this writer’s reading list:
BIOTENSEGRITY ON AMAZON
POTENTIAL RESEARCH PROJECTS
Research possibilities and social engineering options related to this model:
INNOVATIONS IN BIPEDALISM
Proposal for a research project aligned with the intention of validating the underlying premises of the Dimensional Mastery Model, demonstrating the model’s utility in preventive medicine and as an adjunct in the diagnosis and treatment of pathology:
Proposal for a Study to Identify Correlations Between Sub-Optimal Foot/Core Function and Chronic and Degenerative Pathologies