Overview

This course examines the history and philosophy of osteopathy as an introduction to osteopathic medicine. By exploring the paradigm that structure and function impact each other, this course ties anatomy and physiology together as the osteopathic approach is covered. Philosophy & History examines the origins of osteopathy and discusses its evolution in the United States, Europe and Canada. The philosophy of A.T. Still’s four tenets and the holistic approach to healing is discussed.

Overview

Osteopathic Models of Health & Disease delves deeper into the principles of osteopathic medicine and its approach to health and disease. This course details the five structure-function models of osteopathic care; biomechanical, respiratory/circulatory, neurological, bio-energetic and how they relate to the musculoskeletal system. The fundamental tenets of osteopathy are examined further. Spinal motion and dysfunction is covered. An overview of techniques is provided as well as their mechanism and indication for osteopathic treatment. Safety and ethics in manual practice are discussed.

Overview

Osteopathic Treatment & Modalities teaches the osteopathic approach to patient/client care. The course has a strong emphasis on client–practitioner communication, health promotion and client education on disease prevention. It covers the most common manipulative techniques used in osteopathic therapy today as well as their indications and contraindications. Regional assessment is taught based on specific complaints (i.e. shoulder, knee etc.) and osteopathic treatments for those conditions.