About the course
This course is designed for qualified osteopaths with a range of paediatric experience, including newly qualified osteopaths who have limited or no experience of treating children as well as osteopaths with more paediatric experience who may want to refresh and broaden their learning in this field.
Although the content will be based on the paediatric population and how their anatomy and physiology makes them particularly vulnerable to respiratory disorders, the learning will also be relevant to treatment of adult patients.
The course format will be a mixture of presentations, small group work and demonstration and practice of techniques. Course content includes the development of the respiratory system and the effects of prematurity, differential diagnosis and examination of the respiratory system. Disorders of the upper and lower respiratory tract will be covered (eg asthma, croup, bronchiolitis, mouth breathing, sinus disorders, allergic rhinitis, middle ear dysfunction) along with their osteopathic management. There is a strong grounding in anatomy and particular attention will be given to cranial anatomy with relevance to upper respiratory tract infections and how osteopathic technique can have an influence.
- Understand the development of the respiratory system and how this is influenced by maternal health, pregnancy pathophysiology and prematurity.
- Be able to formulate differential diagnoses for respiratory symptoms and identify red flags
- Learn how to examine the respiratory system in children of different ages
- Gain a deep knowledge of paediatric pathologies affecting the upper and lower respiratory tract and an understanding of anatomical and physiological vulnerabilities of the paediatric respiratory system
- Be able to apply osteopathic paediatric knowledge and principles in the treatment and management of patients.
About the course leader
Lizzy Lomax graduated from the British School of Osteopathy (BSO) in 2008, with a Bachelor of Osteopathy. After doing Post-Graduate Training at the Osteopathic Centre for Children (OCC) for two years, she gained a Masters in Paediatric Osteopathy.
Lizzy currently teaches on the PGCert in Specialist Paediatric Osteopathic Practice, leading the Respiratory Unit. She also works as an undergraduate Clinic Tutor at the in-house Children’s Clinic and outreach at First Place Children’s Centre.