Hurley/Osborn Practitioner's Association Hurley/Osborn Technique Structural Re-Alignment

About the practice ... Theory

The Hurley/Osborn treatment is a gentle, non-invasive, subtle-energy body and spinal alignment, which results in the release of physical strain and fatigue. This will:

•  relieve back pain   • release neck strain and headaches
•  restore posture  • regain flexibility  • improve circulation

"Lack of symmetry in the body demonstrates the degree of distortion in the bones, joints and tissues in order to keep the structure balanced around the center line of gravity. When normal function is interfered with, congestion and malfunction result."


                          ** Quotations were directly taken from teaching situations with Dr. Osborn

Natural forces on the sacrumThe Hurley/Osborn Technique is based on assessing, and correcting the position of the sacrum, a triangular shaped bone at the base of the spine that is considered the "keystone" of the body. The sacrum is the posterior of the three bones that make up the pelvic girdle. This is a pivotal point in the body because it is located right at the body's centre of gravity. It is, therefore, the bone most responsive to the stresses being exerted downwards from the upper body, as well as the forces coming up from the ground through the legs. The sacrum acts like a shock absorber in ordinary activity, but if the muscles become fatigued through overuse, poor nutrition, stress, habitual holding patterns, or injury the body's elastic limits are exceeded, and the sacrum moves away from its ideal position by typically tilting forward. This misalignment sets up a pattern of poor posture and muscle contraction in the whole spine that is exacerbated by the unyielding effect of gravity. Because the centre line of gravity is shifted, the body is then under constant musculo-skeletal stress as it attempts to realign itself. The Hurley/Osborn technique corrects the position of the pelvic girdle, by ensuring that the sacrum is realigned and balanced both in space and within the body.

"Every body is distorted, so the force of gravity makes it worse. When you get tired, gravity makes it worse. The cure is rest. The only way to get rid of distortion is by treatment of the distortion. It can grow into deformity due to tension. Treat, reduce tension, live longer."

The forward tilting of the sacrum, accompanied by its natural rotation, can be seen using a plumb line - a string hanging from the ceiling with a weight on the end - as a guide. Forward tilting creates a lack of body symmetry, either side-to-side (scoliosis), or front-to-back (lordosis, sway back, kyphosis, rounded mid-back, shortened neck and forward head position). This lack of symmetry is the body's way of adapting to the movement of the centre of gravity caused by misalignment of the sacrum .

"Strained ligaments cannot relax even during sleep since energy is expended in tension. The body needs rest during sleeping hours in order for curative regeneration to occur. The degree of rest is the degree of regeneration. Conversely the degree of abnormal tension during sleep is the degree of degeneration."

When your muscles are strongly contracted over a period of time circulation to the muscle is impeded, toxic wastes accumulate and nerve endings become irritated. This causes symptoms of mild to severe pain wherever the muscles are working the hardest, or wherever the tension is creating pressure on joint surfaces.

"Tension comes from holding up against gravity. This work reverses the process of deterioration due to gravity"

"'structural re-alignment' not 'spinal re-alignment'"