September 02, 2008
The thrust technique, of course, is an osteopathic manipulation designed to restore specific joint motion, and Ricky believes in it. That's why he's taking night classes right now at Nova Southeastern University in preparation for becoming a pre-med student and studying osteopathy.
It's not something you'd expect your average NFL running back to be doing, but Ricky's never been accused of being your average NFL running back. For that matter, osteopathy isn't your average form of medicine. The definition, from dictionary.com:
a therapeutic system originally based upon the premise that manipulation of the muscles and bones to promote structural integrity could restore or preserve health: current osteopathic physicians use the diagnostic and therapeutic techniques of conventional medicine as well as manipulative measures.
It's the kind of thing that Dr. House would find a ridiculous waste of time. A lot of people swear by it, and a lot of people think it's quackery. Which, I suppose, makes it a lot much like every other type of medicine out there.
But I wish Ricky the best in his journey to never stop learning. If he feels like he can do the world some good by honing his special brand of Rickyfied osteopathy, then I say more power to him. If you're lucky, one day you might find Ricky standing over you, manipulating your soft tissue.
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