Manual Therapy for Bipolar

Manual Therapy For Bipolar


This article provides some specific recommendations and general observations/background on the use of manual therapy for treating bipolar disorder (also sometimes called manic/depressive syndrome).  Manual Therapy is the use of the hands to treat illness.  Although manual therapy includes various systems of healing, we will focus on traditional osteopathy since that was the preferred approach in the readings of Edgar Cayce.  Although the primary focus is on bipolar disorder, this information may also be helpful for other diagnostic categories that may have overlapping pathophysiology (such as schizoaffective and schizophrenia with transpersonal features).

Overview of Treatment Recommendations

For the busy clinician who simply wants the treatment recommendations, here are the key points:

  • Do a full spinal exam, paying particular attention to the coccyx, 4th lumbar, 9th thoracic, and 3rd cervical.
  • Treat any "specific" somatic dysfunction that you find using traditional osteopathic techniques.
  • Use the traditional “general osteopathic treatment” to coordinate the system and set up drainages.
  • Use “suggestive therapeutics” during the treatment session to program the patient's mind for healing.

Resources for Treatment Recommendations

  • Early American Manual Therapy collection – The collection contains numerous books and articles that document the early decades of osteopathy, chiropractic and other traditional systems of manual therapy.
  • General and Specific Osteopathic Treatment – This selection describes the difference between “general osteopathic treatment” and "specific treatment" based on numerous early osteopathic sources and the Cayce readings.
  • Suggestive Therapeutics For Manual Therapy – Suggestive therapeutics is a form of naturalistic hypnosis that was recommended in many of the Cayce readings for persons with major mental illness.  The positive suggestions are to be given during the treatment session.
  • Bipolar And The Body-Soul Connection – This article discusses the role of certain glands and nerves (that comprise the body-soul connection) and how this relates to bipolar disorder in some cases. 




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