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Ortho-Bionomy is an Osteopathic-based, hands-on, therapeutic bodywork that is an effective treatment suitable for both acute and chronic conditions. In an Ortho-Bionomy session, the client’s comfort is the first priority; gentle, non-invasive techniques are used to activate the innate self-correcting reflexes of the body. One of those reflex systems is the Proprioceptive Reflex. Proprioceptors are self-regulating receptors in the joints and muscles of the body that tell us about the position of our body parts in relation to each other, other individuals, and the environment around us.

When there is an injury or trauma to some part of our body, our Proprioception to that area can be affected, by either firing at the wrong time or not sending appropriate signals to our nervous system.  This can affect the body’s ability to heal and its sense of space, balance, safety, and wellbeing.  Studies have shown that activating the reflexes will re-awaken these senses, facilitate a release of tension and pain, create ease of movement, and allow the body to regain its original patterns of structural alignment and homeostasis.

Dr. Lincoln Pauls & Ortho-Bionomy

With his vast understanding of many different aspects of the body, Dr. Pauls developed Ortho-Bionomy around a set of principles and concepts rather than a diagnosis and set of protocols.  This unique paradigm allows the skilled practitioner to meet with each client in a holistic and individual way.  Approaching healing from this perspective is part of what makes Ortho-Bionomy unique.  See how Ortho-Bionomy is unique to other types of therapy


Ortho-Bionomy practitioners are highly skilled, competent professionals who adhere to a strong code of ethics and high standards of practice.  Click here to see the training requirements for practitioners.



Benefits of an Ortho-Bionomy session include reduced stress & pain to feeling more relaxed & mobile in the body to restored vitality. Many conditions can be addressed through the understanding of our bodies’ integrated systems.


An Ortho-Bionomy session is a respectful and comfortable “hands-on” experience. The practitioner may employ a wide range of approaches, none of which use any forced movements or manipulations that cause discomfort.


Ortho-Bionomy is ‘process-oriented’ rather than ‘goal-oriented’ and practitioners work ‘with’ rather than ‘on’ the client – a collaboration that allows the client a greater sense of autonomy over their own healing process.

The History and Lineage of Ortho-Bionomy

In the 1970’s, Dr. Arthur Lincoln Pauls developed a dramatically different system of healing based on the stimulation of the body’s own self-corrective reflexes and utilizing concepts found in Osteopathy, Martial Arts and Homeopathy.


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{My first experience with Ortho-Bionomy was amazing! It doesn’t seem like much but I had a sharp pain at the base of my thumb (the saddle joint). I had it for ages; chiropractors massage therapists, no one could “fix” it. During my first Ortho-Bionomy visit, I pointed it out to the Practitioner. She checked it by carefully moving it and asking questions, like “does it feel better this way or that way?” It felt like the muscle in my forearm was “wrapped” around the bone and with gentle touch in about 30 seconds, the pain was gone! And now, if I feel the pain again, I know how to release the muscle by myself. Self-care is an important part of Ortho-Bionomy. Ortho-Bionomy is so gentle – it is wonderful for the elderly or those in acute pain. It helped alleviate my son’s concussion symptoms in one session. And, because it is helps the body to “do the work”, changes last longer than some other therapies. The body seems to relearn a “new normal”.
P. H.
{The quality of my daily life has been vastly improved by my Ortho-Bionomy treatments. As the name suggests, they have helped my body return to (and retain!) easeful, 'right' alignment. The therapy has been incredibly effective both for a recent, acute knee injury and for some chronic pains that many other modalities had been unable to address meaningfully. Without actually experiencing it, I never would have believed that the principle of "always working within comfort" could increase my range of motion so profoundly.
{After 20 years of persistent sciatic pain from an athletic injury I went for an Ortho-Bionomy session. (I had already tried every other modality). I was so amazed to experience complete relief after 5 gentle sessions. I was so inspired, I studied to become a practitioner. 'Life-changing' is an understatement!
{Due to the physicality of my work, I often have to deal with pain due to repetitive work injury.  Ortho-Bionomy has been more effective than chiropractic, physio, or any other form of pain management and treatment. Since 1992 OB has been my go-to treatment. It has been life changing for me. A bad headache, neck pain and general discomfort can be relieved so efficiently by Ortho-Bionomy in one treatment. The efficacy of the process lasts long after the initial session.
{It’s like dance you have with your own body while you’re just watching on. Just blissful, painless and opens up your world to an understanding about yourself that’s so simple. Highly, highly recommend Ortho-Bionomy.