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Osteopathic Evaluation and Technique for Healthcare Practitioners

Course Structure

Module 1 – Introduction to Osteopathic Evaluation and Technique

• 6-8 October 2017 (20 hours classroom based learning)

Module 2 – Osteopathic Structural Technique for Healthcare Professionals

• 12-14 January 2018 (20 hours classroom based learning)

Tuition Fees

AED 2,500 per module


Dubai Healthcare City


The ‘Osteopathic Evaluation and Technique for Healthcare Practitioners’ is a 5-day course for physiotherapists and other healthcare practitioners, introducing you to practical osteopathic evaluation and treatment techniques that can improve the quality and effectiveness of your patient care.

Guided by two experienced clinicians with a strong academic background, you will develop practical clinical skills of osteopathic evaluation and technique, and an understanding of osteopathy as a modern healthcare profession. Building upon its history and underpinning principles, you will evaluate its conceptual philosophy of healthcare, the key influencing factors for its development worldwide and its evidence-base. Whilst developing new knowledge and skills concerning osteopathy, you will be encouraged to draw upon their current professional practice to evaluate the underpinning philosophy of different models of healthcare practice and that of osteopathy and apply newly acquired skills in the evaluation and management of your patients.

Course Tutors

Dr Jorge Esteves, PhD, MA, BSc, DO

Osteopath and Clinical Lead at the Osteopathic Health Centre in Dubai; Associate Professor at Instituto Piaget, Scientific Coordinator for the BSc (Hons) Osteopathy at Instituto Piaget in Portugal; Researcher at the COME Collaboration – Centre for Osteopathic Medicine Collaboration. Formerly Head of Research at the British School of Osteopathy and Senior Lecturer in Osteopathy at Oxford Brookes University in the UK.

Paul Bell, BSc (Hons), DO

Osteopath at the Osteopathic Health Centre in Dubai. Doctoral student at the University of Bath. Paul is the Founder/Clinical Director of The Osteopathic Centre (Singapore). He is a member of the UK Osteopathic Sports Care Association, the Institute of Osteopaths UK and the Pain Association of Singapore. Paul has spent over 20 years treating many conditions as a sports therapist in professional football, then as an Osteopath and lecturer of injury treatment and rehabilitation.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this short course, you should be able to:

  • Discuss the concept of osteopathy as an autonomous healthcare profession, its history, development and current status.
  • Evaluate the osteopathic conceptual philosophy of clinical practice, including the role of structure and function interrelationship and the biopsychosocial model of care in patient evaluation, treatment and management.
  • Examine a patient using a limited range of osteopathic examination techniques, evaluate their subjective and objective clinical findings within the context of their patient presentation, and formulate a range of hypotheses for the aetiology of a patient’s clinical presentation.
  • Apply a limited number of soft tissue, mobilisation/articulation, and High Velocity Low Amplitude (HVLA) osteopathic treatment techniques considering their indications, and absolute and relative contraindications.

Entry Requirements

  • Healthcare qualification and professional license in physiotherapy, medicine, chiropractic, nursing, dentistry or occupational therapy

Curricular Content

Module 1 – Introduction to Osteopathic Evaluation and Technique

  • Osteopathic concepts in clinical practice – health, illness and disease, structure-function interrelationship, adaptation and compensation, somatic dysfunction
  • Osteopathic models of evaluation and treatment: historical developments, plausibility and evidence base
  • Clinical reasoning and decision making in osteopathy
  • Osteopathic Evaluation
  • Case history taking, clinical examination and osteopathic evaluation, interpretation of clinical investigations – global and local evaluation
  • Diagnostic palpation – principles and practice
  • Introduction to core concepts and principles of osteopathic technique
  • Soft tissue and myofascial techniques to the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine and pelvis

Module 2 – Osteopathic Structural Technique for Healthcare Professionals

  • Introduction to patient management in osteopathic practice
    • Treatment principles
    • Consideration of different patient categories and areas of clinical intervention
    • Prognosis, short-, medium- and long-term plans
  • Passive articulation/mobilisation techniques to the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine and pelvis
  • High Velocity Low Amplitude (HVLA) techniques to the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine and pelvis
  • Clinical cases – developing osteopathic clinical reasoning

Why this alternative treatment approach is a hit in the UAE

Published in the Khaleej Times

One therapy that has sure gained popularity among locals across age-groups is osteopathy, a form of drug-free non-invasive manual medicine that focuses on total body health.

Recently the first ‘Emirates Osteopathic Conference’ in the region was hosted in Dubai titled, “Osteopathy across the Life Span” which reflected the wide scope of osteopathic practice in helping people of all age groups, beginning from care of infants to the care of the elderly.

The conference that was hosted in Dubai, under the patronage of the Emirates Osteopathic Society (Emirates Medical Association), saw participation of international experts from 14 countries.

The Dubai Healthcare City Authority awarded the conference 17 CPD (Continuing Professional Development) credits. The keynote address was delivered by Sheikh Saqr bin Humaid Al Qasimi, who has been instrumental in encouraging the need to bring osteopathic education to the region.

Different subjects discussed at the conference were regulation in the field of osteopathy, challenges and opportunities, treating premature newborns, overcoming barriers for effective rehabilitation of patients using new techniques in pain management, osteopathic management of women’s health issues in various life stages and multimodal geriatric care. Taking into account the phases of human development from conception to old age and how human adaptation changes over time, the presenters brought forth a multi-dimensional intervention strategy which can promote health and wellbeing of individuals.

“Osteopathy has been practised in the UAE for over 30 years, and it is rapidly gaining popularity as an important healthcare profession. The UAE is a fast-developing hub for medical tourism in the region, and osteopathy can play a very important role in patient care if we provide the right guidance and training to budding talents. The first Emirates Osteopathic Conference is testimony to the increasing potential of osteopathy in the region, and we hope to sustain our efforts to raise the level of expertise in the field.” said Malcolm Gregory, president of Emirates Osteopathic Society.

Attendees included osteopaths, physiotherapists and other healthcare practitioners involved in patient care.

“Recovering from a health condition is often a difficult experience, and osteopaths help people overcome these challenges, while facilitating recovery using a natural and holistic approach. Scientific review and evidence-informed outcomes have a high priority in patient treatment and case management. Healthcare professionals are increasingly recognising that traditional medicine and osteopathy can go hand in hand to garner long term positive health outcomes for patients,” said Jorge Esteves, osteopath, associate professor and chair of the Emirates Osteopathic Conference Scientific Committee.

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Published in Health Magazine

From the moment a woman finds out she is expecting a baby, her moods and body begin to change and develop as she enters this very exciting time of her life. HEALTH presents a guide for moms-to-be and new moms to help ease the transition.

Easing Pain and Discomfort

During pregnancy, the body goes through an important transformation in preparation for the birth of the baby, explains Physiotherapist Marilyne Lopes.

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The Elixir of Life

By Viki Shah

Published in YogaLife

Hydrotherapy is one of the oldest methods of physical medicine — together with fresh air, sunlight, diet and rest — due its effectiveness, easy application and availability.

Here we have two physiotherapists from Osteopathic Health Centre, Peter Zakopcan and Beverley Strathearn, telling you all about hydrotherapy and its effectiveness for a host of ailments.

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