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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