Duncan Soule, M.D. is a holistic physician who helps people achieve optimal health through osteopathy, homeopathy and integrative medicine approaches. All of these methods activate the self healing ... read more >

Soule Health Care
3526 SW Corbett Ave
Portland, Oregon 97239
T 503.224.9010
F 503.224.5551


What is Osteopathy? Osteopathy is a gentle hands-on treatment that powerfully mobilizes the body’s innate healing capacity. It was developed by Andrew Taylor Still, an American physician in the late 19th century. Dr. Still understood the important inter-relationship of structure and function in the body. He recognized the presence of an intelligent life force within each of us which is self-regulating and self-healing. He understood that health is expressed as freedom of motion in all the tissues and fluids of the body. In osteopathy, the role of the physician is to listen carefully to the body and assist this inherent self-healing capacity using gentle palpatory skills.

What are its applications? Osteopathic treatment provides relief of pain and restriction caused by trauma or strain to the musculoskeletal system. It restores motion and improves circulation in the affected parts. Osteopathy is very effective for back and neck pain, sciatica, tendinitis and other soft tissue injuries. It is also an excellent restorative treatment for restrictions and congestion associated with chronic illnesses.

What is cranial osteopathy? Dr. Soule specializes in the practice of cranial osteopathy, which was developed by Dr. William Garner Sutherland. Dr. Sutherland discovered a subtle fluctuation in the cranium (and throughout the body) which expresses the vibrancy and health of a person. Alterations or diminution in this natural fluid fluctuation provide important diagnostic clues to the observant physician, who then applies gentle manipulative techniques to help the body restore its healthy functioning. This powerfully effective treatment approach is useful for patients of any age and is gentle enough for infants and pregnant women. Cranial osteopathy is particularly helpful in the treatment of headache, head injury, facial pain, sinus congestion, vertigo, TMJ dysfunction, earache and tinnitus.

What are the treatments like? An osteopathic treatment is generally performed with you lying comfortably on your back. The doctor’s hands are placed gently under your spine, head and any affected parts. Treatment sessions typically last 20 to 30 minutes, and are generally comfortable and relaxing. By stimulating and assisting the body’s self-healing capacity, osteopathic treatment has the power to restore your optimal health and well-being.

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