Cynthia Wood Ortho-Bionomy


Ortho: correct or straight
Bio: life
nomy: the laws of or the study of

Ortho-Bionomy is a gentle yet highly effective form of therapeutic bodywork. It is used to relieve pain and to restore natural alignment and well being. It helps resolve chronic and acute injuries, stress and trauma, as well as problems associated with postural and structural imbalances. Using comfortable positions and gentle movements, Ortho-Bionomy triggers the body’s own self-correcting reflexes. No forceful manipulations are used. Instead, using gentle positioning, Ortho-Bionomy employs the body’s innate wisdom to find balance and health.

Ortho-Bionomy was created by Arthur Lincoln Pauls, DO. He drew from his experience as an Osteopath and as a Judo Master to create this technique. He found that working with the body, not against it, he could be effective without the use of force. Ortho-Bionomy stimulates the self-correcting reflexes by way of the proprioceptive nerves located in our joints and muscles. These sensory nerves give the body information about where it is in space; our kinesthetic sense. By gently exaggerating postural imbalances, using positions of comfort, these nerves are informed and trigger the self correction. Restrictive patterns dissolve, improving function, reducing pain and giving rise to a general sense of well being.


Dr. Pauls defined the term as “the corrective application of the natural laws of life” He states “ (Ortho-Bionomy) is really about understanding your whole life cycle.  Naturally, we focus on the structure because that is the literal skeleton upon which our life is built.  When your structure works right your circulation works better, you feel better, you think better.”
(Kain and Berns, 1992)


Ortho-Bionomy employs the body’s expert ability to heal itself.  This gentle approach, by stimulating inner awareness, leads to the rediscovery of natural balance and aliveness.  Self healing continues as the person remembers their innate ability to move away from pain and toward ease.

Ortho-Bionomy is done on a massage table with the client clothed.  Some home exercises may be recommended.  Although effective on its own, it compliments other modalities from chiropractic to acupuncture.  It addresses structural and soft tissue issues, as well as emotional and nervous stress.  For example, it is effective with whiplash, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, migraine headaches and sports injuries as well as trauma, anxiety and emotional stress.

What can Ortho-Bionomy do for someone?

  • Break the cycle of pain
  • Promote recovery from injury
  • Increase circulation
  • Restore natural balance and alignment
  • Promote relaxation and reduce tension in the body
  • Contribute to more restful sleep
  • Encourage fluidity in joints and movement
  • Increase range of motion
  • Reduce tension and soften the tissue around scars
  • People report they have less restriction in their bodies


Ortho-Bionomy can provide relief from:

  • Chronic and acute pain
  • Arthritis
  • Emotional stress
  • Sports injuries/Rehab
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Back pain
  • Strains/Sprains
  • Headaches


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