osteopathy is in the blood

Digging on with Dr. Still's Rule of the Artery and Vein

Discover Dr. Still’s Rule of the Artery revealed in the science of today in this upcoming book from world-renowned osteopathic practitioners, Dr. Maxwell Fraval and Mr. Michael Solano.

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About the book

The book has developed out of our clinical observation and experience as well as an ongoing desire to understand Dr. Still’s philosophy and principles of practice more deeply. With a background in Osteopathy in the Cranial Field, we view this book as an extension of that perspective into the circulatory system. We first presented this material in 2002 after a number of years of enquiry and development. We believe we have stumbled upon an explanation for the genesis of involuntary motion. We also understood how insightful and apt Dr. Sutherland’s reference was to the “The Primary Respiratory” as a core concept of his work. 

Dr. Still wrote about the importance of the arterial supply and emphasised venous drainage as a source of renewal in the tissues. Osteopaths also regard an imbalance of the autonomics as a source of disease. The heart and vessels mediate the neurovascular and neuroendocrine activity of the autonomics. Understanding the functions of the heart and vessels will help the OMM practitoner understand ways in which intervening with OMT has the potential to restore homeostasis.

About the Authors

experts in cranial osteopathy

Maxwell Fraval, DO(UK) MOSc(Paed)


Maxwell Fraval, DO (UK) MOSc(Paed) received his undergraduate osteopathic degree in England in 1978 and his masters level degree in pediatric osteopathy in Australia in 1998.  He has extensive additional training through post-graduate courses taken in Europe, Australia, and the US.  He has been involved in osteopathic teaching throughout his career and in Australia he has been instrumental in the development of several teaching programs and helped found two teaching foundations.

In 2012 he established the Australian Research College of Osteopathic Medicine, Ltd.  This is a non-profit public company with the mission of promoting and carrying out educational and research activities.  Mr. Fraval has several published papers in osteopathic journals and has contributed chapters for two osteopathic textbooks.

Michael Solano, BSc(HM) DipED(Sec) BAppSc(Osteo)


Michael Solano, BSc(HM) DipED(Sec) BAppSc(Osteo), received his osteopathic degree in 1992 in Australia.  He has extensive additional training through post-graduate courses taken in Australia and the US.  He has been very actively involved in post-graduate osteopathic teaching since 2009, including in a number of European countries.  He is associated with and teaches for the Australian Research College of Osteopathic Medicine, Ltd.  Particular areas of expertise in his teaching are anatomy and embryology. Mr. Solano was an editor of the Australian Osteopathic Journal for five years.

Mr. Solano was a lecturer of the OCF Fundamentals for the Osteopathic Summer & Winter Schools. During the same time, he has been teaching the ROA I and 2 courses in Australia, Europe and the USA. Mr. Solano has experience with organizing and lecturing multiple courses, please find a list of these courses in his CV. 

Dr. Fraval and Mr. Solano are both leading scholars in osteopathic manipulative medicine in general and osteopathy in the cranial field in particular. Along with their colleagues in Australia and New Zealand, Dr. Fraval and Mr. Solano have developed a unique and innovative understanding in their application of osteopathy. They will be sharing this osteopathic knowledge and skills with US physicians who will benefit by being able to incorporate these approaches into their own clinical practices for the benefit of their patients. In addition, many of the US physicians attending the course are themselves teachers in post-graduate education and several of them are faculty at various US colleges of osteopathic medicine. There will be significant opportunities for exchange between Dr. Fraval, Mr. Solano, and US faculty from around the country. Another task for Dr. Fraval and Mr. Solano is to begin to develop a select group of physicians here in the US that can become specialized in this approach and continue a high level of teaching in this subject.

Upcoming Events

Join us for our upcoming events along the book tour and connect with the authors!


APRIL 6, 2024 | TIME TBA

With host (Dr. Brooks and Alistair Moersi) and other guests interviewing the authors to tell the story of how they developed the concept of the Rule of the Artery and its significant medical contribution to osteopathy.


MAY 9, 2024 | TIME TBA

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MAY 4, 2024 | TIME TBA

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MAY 6, 2024 | TIME TBA

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