Ray Myers graduated from RMIT and was registered as an Osteopath in 1994. He completed his research masters in Osteopathy, investigating Osteopathy in the cranial field in 1998. From 1999 he managed the osteopathic programs at RMIT until retiring from RMIT in December 2015.
Ray has undertaken extensive postgraduate training in Osteopathy in the cranial field, functional technique with William Johnston D.O. and the Biodynamic methods with James Jealous D.O. Ray has completed the 8 phases of the Biodynamics curriculum with most phases completed multiple times. He now practices using the Biodynamic Method as his primary approach to Osteopathy. This is a gentle indirect approach to treatment that can be effective in generating a self healing response in the patient, which is the aim of all Osteopathic treatment.
Ray practises as a generalist Osteopath and has a passion for Osteopathy and in developing an evidence base for its effectiveness.
The Biodynamic Method of Osteopathy
The Biodynamic Method of Osteopathy in the tradition of James Jealous D.O., arose out of the work of William Sutherland D.O. who created the Osteopathy in the Cranial Field approach to Osteopathy in the first half of the twentieth century. James Jealous D.O. developed the Biodynamic method from his studies of Sutherland’s work, with the guidance of senior members of Sutherland’s study groups and over 50 years of experience working with this method. The Biodynamic method is not “cranial” or “cranial-sacral” osteopathy.
To use the Biodynamic Method, osteopaths are trained to observe and palpate subtle movements in the patient associated with breathing and other involuntary motions. Biodynamic osteopaths use these observations to diagnose and to guide the patient’s tissues to a sense of “ease”, where a self-healing response is commenced by forces of breathing and the involuntary motions.
The osteopath will often use gentle contact on various parts of the patient’s body, head, shoulders, back legs as examples, and wait for the inherent forces to make changes. This form treatment is suitable for all of the conditions, in both children and adults, that normally present to osteopaths, including scoliosis, headaches, neck pain, sinus infections, TMJ pain and pregnancy.
The Biodynamic Method may suit patients who prefer more holistic and gentle techniques. Some patients will be familiar with these techniques already- they often just feel like light touch but they work on the body in a very indirect but powerful way.
While the contacts are considered to be gentle, like all therapeutic interventions, some patients may experience soreness, fatigue or discomfort following treatment.