About the course
This workshop is designed to train the participant to appreciate their findings of the abdominal cavity, including the assessment of its fascial ligamentous connections and visceral contents. Participants will be encouraged to explore ways of improving their body positioning to enhance their proprioception during examination and treatment. A similar approach will be used when applying visceral/fascial techniques to optimise the location and mobilisation of the following: the diaphragm, distal oesophagus, cardiac sphincter, stomach, duodenum and liver. Indications and contra-indications will be discussed throughout the weekend.
- Improve palpation skills
- Understand the range of visceral osteopathic management, including techniques, lifestyle advice and how and when these may need to be altered.
- Learn how to perform competently a variety of osteopathic techniques and be able to design adaptations that are appropriate to the patient’s needs and justified by knowledge of the relevant principles.
- Gain an integrated knowledge of human biomechanics and how dysfunction in one area may lead to altered function elsewhere in the body.
- Learn how to integrate current models of healthcare in order to reach a diagnosis, plan and justify an effective management programme for the patient across a variety of clinical presentations.
- Learn to evaluate the patient-practitioner relationship and the importance of the responsibilities implicit in the relationship.
Please bring your Laptops or iPads.
09:00 – 09:30 Registration
09:30 – 10:00 Introduction – A brief discussion about the principles behind visceral osteopathy
10:00 – 11:15 Diaphragmatic assessment – learning to appreciate the diaphragm as an assessment structure
11:15 – 11:30 Break
11:30 – 12:30 Oesophagus & Cardia
Peritoneum– anatomy and techniques
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch break
13:30 – 14:30 Stomach – anatomy and techniques
14:30 – 16:00 Transitional zones of the abdomen Liver – anatomy and techniques
16:00 – 16.20 Break
16:20 – 17:30 Liver – techniques
09:30 – 10:15 Clinical presentations of abdominal dysfunctions and discussions
10:15 – 11:15 Gall bladder
11:15 – 11.30 Break
11:30 – 12:30 Duodenum – Anatomy and techniques
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch break
13:30 – 15:30 Osteopathic integration – what to consider when treating the abdomen in relation to the thorax, thoracic spine and lumbar spine
15:30 – 15:50 Break
15:50 – 16:50 Palpation of the whole abdomen going from one organ to another: use of the different techniques for specific structures, such as ligaments – to enhance participants’ palpation.
16:50 – 17:30 CPD reflection – discussion/ time to fill in reflection form
About the course tutor
Valeria A Ferreira (DO MSc Ost PGCAP) was born in Brazil and has been a resident in London for the past 28 years. She is an enthusiastic and committed lecturer at the University College of Osteopathy (UCO) and practicing osteopath in the City of London.
Valeria completed her Osteopathic training at the COET (2000) and the MSc in Osteopathy (2006) at the ESO, where she conducted a research project investigating the effectiveness of Osteopathic treatment on patients with Endometriosis.
Valeria is an associated fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA), who teaches at UCO, leading the 4th year Visceral Osteopathic module. She was also a member of the final year technique team between 2009 – 2017.
Valeria delivers various CPD courses in Osteopathic integration in the UK, Europe and Brazil, exploring the application of the structural, fascial, visceral and cranial approaches and techniques. She runs a very successful practice in the City of London, where she has worked for the last 19 years and in Lewisham (SE London).
In 2014, Valeria became the co-founder and co-director of “COBRA” (Brazilian Osteopathic Centre for Research and Advanced Techniques), while promoting the 1st Osteopathic Research conference in São Paulo (ICAOR10) and actively working as a member of the Brazilian Osteopathic committee for the Rio Olympic Games during its initial phase.
In 2017, Valeria joined a NHS practice in East Dulwich. She also teaches on her own series of courses ‘A Different Health’ specifically designed to support osteopaths who are struggling with their clinical assessments and practice.
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