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Zachary COMEAUX - What is Osteopathy ? - Journées Scientifiques de la SOO - Edition 2011
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Zachary COMEAUX


Résidant actuellement à Lewisburg, West Virginia, Zachary Comeaux est professeur auxiliaire et médecin en exercice à la West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine.

Né dans la banlieue de Philadelphie, Zachary Comeaux a une éducation variée consécutive à une diversité d’intérêts. Avant de recevoir un Bachelor’s degree en philosophie, il a suivi des études en psychologie, en ingénierie mécanique, en langues, développant en outre un fort intérêt passe-temps pour les sciences naturelles. Comeaux a obtenu son diplôme de docteur en médecine ostéopathique après des études de haut niveau en théologie et en psychologie clinique et après avoir travaillé dans divers services sociaux. Les influences de nombre de ces disciplines trouvent leur expression dans son approche étendue de la thérapie corporelle. Souvent les phrases " médecine énergétique " ou " médecine alternative " reflètent un effort similaire pour viser un niveau supérieur de compréhension par rapport à la pratique normative.

Le Dr Comeaux est certifié en médecine générale par le Comité ostéopathique américain de médecine générale et détient un certificat de compétence spéciale du Comité ostéopathique américain de médecine neuro-musculaire. Il est membre de l’American Osteopathic Association (AOA) et de l’American Academy of Osteopathy (AAO). Le titre de Fellowship de l’AAO lui a été décerné. Il est également membre fondateur du comité exécutif de The World Osteopathic Health Organization (WOHO) dont il est l’actuel Président.

Son parcours ostéopathique a été grandement influencé par Anthony Chila DO, David Patriquin DO, Fred Mitchell DO et surtout Robert Fulford DO qui a développé une approche bioénergétique de l’ostéopathie. Il a mené un travail de recherche et de modélisation scientifique afin de valider les techniques de Robert Fulford ce qui l’a mené a développer le Relâchement Oscillatoire Facilité.

On peut trouver une liste d’articles de journaux et autres informations sur son site : zacharycomeaux.com, ainsi qu’un article sur le Site de l’Ostéopathie de J-Louis Boutin.


As an American trained DO (Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine), Zachary Comeaux is trained in the full scope of standard medical practice. He maintains certification in the specialties of Family Medicine as well as Neuromuscular Medicine. He has education and experience in a broad range of osteopathic approaches ; from this base he publishes, works, and teaches at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, as well as teaching national and international workshops. His major interests include integration of osteopathic technique, including the bioenergetic approach. Additionally, he has done research and scientific modeling to further validate the percussion vibrator uses by Robert Fulford, DO. These efforts have lead to the development of a compatible manual technique called Facilitated Oscillatory Release.

Personal mentors have included Anthony Chila DO (cranial and connective tissue), David Patriquin DO (articular and thrust), Fred Mitchell DO (muscle energy) and Robert Fulford DO (bioenergetic techniques). The latter has had a unique and useful approach to osteopathy which expands the scope both of examination and treatment. Fulford’s approach blends osteopathic palpation and analysis with the intention of treating the energetic component of the body/person.


Ostéopathie Harmonique

Le but de cet ouvrage est d’aider à une meilleure compréhension de la nature de la personne humaine en tant que structure harmonique. Zachary Comeaux y réconcilie l’anatomie et la physiologie en considérant la dysfonction, non plus seulement comme une restriction de mobilité, mais également comme une dysharmonie rythmique.

Il réfléchit à l’impact thérapeutique de l’oscillation appliquée par le praticien au patient, et à son effet sur la dysfonction somatique, une fois le rythme physiologique normal rétabli. L’oscillation et la vibration ont en effet été intuitivement utilisées depuis les débuts de l’ostéopathie et ont même constitué des parties intégrantes d’autres thérapies. L’ouvrage permet ainsi de se faire une idée précise de l’évolution des techniques vibratoires en Amérique et en Europe : il fournit une description documentée des techniques bioénergétiques et de la neurophysiologie qui soutient ces rythmes physiologiques. L’auteur expose ensuite sa propre contribution, la Libération oscillatoire facilitée, décrivant ses méthodes de diagnostic et ses procédures thérapeutiques. Il ne s’agit pas d’une nouvelle technique exclusive, mais d’un supplément qui s’intègre aux traitements de chacun : son but est d’élargir la portée de la force intentionnelle dirigée, en harmonie avec les rythmes internes et les processus régulateurs du corps.


Harmonic Healing

Connective tissue release, or myofascial release, is a major component of manual therapies, including osteopathic medicine. Most methods involve placing the patient in a passive, relaxed position for diagnosis and treatment. However, many practitioners have intuitively sensed that rhythmic motion should be a component of therapy, and increasingly include it in their practice. Harmonic Healing introduces such an application of connective tissue principles, which author Dr. Zachary Comeaux calls Facilitated Oscillatory Release (FOR).

The book reviews the role of oscillatory or vibratory work as an extension of other connective tissue techniques, explains the relevant physiology and the principles of wave propagation in tissue, and then provides illustrated introductory exercises, applications, and case studies. Building on the work of his mentor, Robert Fulford, to get more deeply into the core of patients’ injuries, Dr. Comeaux presents FOR as a lens through which to reinterpret the strategic use of force in manual therapy, including osteopathic manipulation. Based on both his clinical experience and neurophysiology principles, the author develops practical applications of these principles. These methods are compatible with generally accepted manual methods, and Harmonic Healing shows students, advanced practitioners, bodyworkers, and osteopaths how to integrate FOR into a variety of manual healing approaches.


Ostéopathie et médecine du futur

La vie et l’œuvre de Robert Fulford

Robert Fulford (1905-1997) a été l’une des figures majeures de l’ostéopathie américaine du XXe siècle, inspiré par l’esprit des fondateurs, les docteurs Still et Sutherland, et qui a œuvré principalement dans la tradition de l’ostéopathie crânienne. Mais c’était également un personnage atypique, intuitif et éclectique, chercheur infatigable ouvert à toutes les idées et recherches qui permettent de progresser dans la connaissance de la vie et du rétablissement de la santé. Accordant une attention particulière à tout ce qui concerne les corps subtils, il a été amené à étudier, et à intégrer dans sa pratique, de nombreux travaux novateurs dans le domaine énergétique.

Dans cet ouvrage, Zachary Comeaux, proche collaborateur de Fulford, nous fait ainsi découvrir des conceptions, comme celle de Walter Russel ou de Randolph Stone, et des travaux, comme ceux de Bur et Becker sur les champs électriques, de Vogel sur les cristaux, ou de Dingle sur la respiration, largement méconnus en langue française. Il présente également de façon pratique les méthodes diagnostiques et de traitements du Dr Fulford ainsi que la vision de celui-ci sur ce que sera la médecine du futur.

Une annexe de Pierre Tricot, traducteur de l’ouvrage, donne des indications supplémentaires sur certains travaux à destination des lecteurs de langue française.

De par son envergure, l’œuvre du Dr Fulford passionnera tous les ostéopathes et plus largement tous ceux qui sont investis dans l’approche énergétique de la médecine :

« Je vais devoir utiliser quelque chose de plus fort. C’est la médecine du XXIe siècle. » (Robert Fulford)


Robert Fulford, D.O. and the Philosopher Physician

Robert Fulford, D.O. and the Philosopher Physician is both an intellectual biography and a practical introduction to Dr. Fulford’s methods of diagnosis and treatment.

In addition to tracing the principal figures and ideas that influenced his thought, there are sample protocols of Fulford’s history-taking, physical examination and general treatments, and exercises for learning to discern the human energy field ("etheric body") and treating with "intention."


Incendie sur la Prairie

Vie et mœurs de l’époque d’Andrew Taylor Still, fondateur de l’ostéopathie

A. T. Still est né à Jonesville, Virginie, en 1828. Son père, prêcheur méthodiste itinérant lui a transmis la soif et l’habitude de vivre l’authenticité. Partis vers l’Ouest, père et fils ont vécu au cœur du Kansas les affres du mouvement abolitionniste qui conduira à la guerre de Sécession. Médecin, impuissant devant la souffrance des soldats, devant la maladie qui emportera son épouse et ses enfants, Andrew décidera de chercher et de trouver une meilleure médecine que celle héritée de ses pairs, impuissante et souvent destructrice. Souffrance, curiosité intellectuelle, et volonté de servir le pousseront à réévaluer la médecine et à proposer des approches alternatives dont il aura l’intuition en juin 1874 et qui aboutiront à la création de l’ostéopathie.

Tout en respectant la vérité historique, Incendie sur la Prairie décrit la perspicacité et la persistance qui seront nécessaires à Still pour matérialiser ces idées en une institution viable. Cette vie romancée évoque une époque, des lieux et des mœurs pour nous inconnus : la vie sur la frontière américaine à l’époque de la colonisation de l’ouest, la guerre de sécession, l’apparition du chemin de fer... Elle nous décrit les passions, les personnalités, l’état de la science de l’époque et apporte une foule de détails sur la vie de Still, recueillis à partir de nombreuses sources de documentation. En évoquant les côtés romantiques, spirituels, pratiques et politiques des événements ce récit précise de manière parfois inattendue, la manière dont Still a procédé pour engager sa réforme médicale.


Fire on the Prairie

The Life and Times of Andrew Taylor Still

Fire on the Prairie is an historical romance (19th-20th century transition) following the rise of A.T. Still from the hardship of a frontier life to founding a novel approach to medicine. His personal story as a zealot reformer starts by his learning commitment and energy from his circuit–riding preacher father and develops into a story of power and family dynastic succession. The era also spawned the rise of the corporate power and Still’s legacy in enmeshed in the intrigues of such developments.


The Healer’s Heart

Body, mind, spirit interweave in this action-romance novel in Bavaria, Boston, and Brazil in the year 2032.

The novel attempts to reflect and actualize the hopes of many for osteopathy, medicine, science, ecology and economic politics. The reality of consciousness, the power of love to heal are put in a practical setting.