Integrative medicine, in its therapeutic approach, is conceptually based on the unity of body and mind. Health and ill health are the result of dysregulation of the body by the brain. The therapeutic aim is therefore to activate and promote innately developed mechanisms by the body-brain axis, underlying the regulation of health and healing. Various peripheral and central neural systems are involved in this regulation. Understanding the complexity and integration of these various systems is key to understanding an effective treatment approach as a healthcare practitioner. Pain education and philosophy has, for a long time, been confined to the dark ages of medicine. Re-evaluating our understanding of these mechanisms is paramount to the success of treating our patients.
Dr Wilfrid Jänig
Dr. Wilfrid Jänig is a Professor of Physiology Emeritus, Physilogisches Institut, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Germany. He graduated from the Universities of Tübingen, Hamburg and Heidelberg in 1966 and went onto do an Advanced Thesis (Habilitation) at the University of Heidelberg in 1971. Since then he has been teaching as visiting professor at universities in Germany, Israel, Australia, Japan, England and the US.
Christian Fossum is Associate Professor of the University College Kristiania, Oslo, and previously held the post of Vice Principal at the European School of Osteopathy. Christian has authored many chapters in osteopathic textbooks and lectures globally on the autonomic nervous system, salutogenesis and the history of osteopathy.
Danny Orchard is a senior lecturer in NMS and Pain Science at the University College of Osteopathy. Danny holds an MSc in Pain from King’s College London and presents his research to healthcare practitioners at conferences worldwide. Danny is a founding member of Osteopaths for the Prevention of Headaches & Migraine (OPHM) and regularly undertakes peer review on the subject of pain. In 2017, Danny founded the Centre of Osteopathic Research and Excellence as a place for newly graduated osteopaths to further their learning under a team of expert members, to provide low-cost treatment options to the local East London community and as a research hub for advancing osteopathic healthcare.
Tim Oxbrow taught for many years at the BSO, now the University College of Osteopathy, and has inspired a generation with his lectures on pain and the neuromuscular system. Tim was a regular feature on the postgraduate CPD circuit and is fondly remembered by most osteopathic regional societies. After originally studying neuroscience, Tim qualified from the BSO in 1982, and set up a successful osteopathic practice in Stowmarket, Suffolk. Today, Tim works in Stowmarket with a focus not only on excellent treatment, but also on the continued education and support of new graduates, as well as more experienced members of the profession.