Specialisation Courses in Classical Osteopathy
According to the Principles and Concepts of the Founders
A.T. Still and M. Littlejohn
and developed among others by
- We count with a Experienced and International Teaching Staff ;
- The courses include a three month Integrated Clinical Stage;
- We subsidise 2 Scholarships to the two best finalist students with the best performance;
- All the finalist students will get the possibility to attend the Cadaverous Dissection Course in EFEAC Paris (France);
IPOC is recognized by various international entities in which has the collaboration of Museum of Osteopathic Medicine from A.T.Still University – Kirksville (United States) and of L’École de Formation et d’Évaluation Anatomo – Clinique in the Faculte de Medecine René Descartes (Paris – France).
Integrated Clinical Stage
The Specialisation Course in Classical Osteopathy has an integrated clinical stage for a period of 3 months in the IPOC Clinic under the coordination and supervision of experienced and qualified tutors.
Under the agreement between IPOC & EFEAC all the finalist students of the specialisation course can attend the Cadaverous Dissection Course in the Faculte de Médecine René Descartes (Paris – France)
IPOC has a international and experienced teaching staff formed in the most prestigious international colleges of osteopathic medicine.
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Neuroplasticity in chronic pain. The osteopathic view of chronic pain as a constitutional disease.
“Pain is an unpleasant multidimensional phenomenon with a neuronal or physiological component and it is a consequence of diseases or regional structures disorders due to a dysfunction of the nervous system. It results from the activation of harmful receptors and it is called neuropathic pain, when it results from a Central Nervous System (CNS) or Peripheral Nervous System (PNS) dysfunction, or central pain, when it results from a CNS injury.
While acute pain is a physiological symptom that must be understood as a warning sign to protect the body, chronic pain (longer than 3 months) should be considered a disease or dysfunction.
Noxious stimuli activate several cortical levels, particularly the primary somatosensory area, as it is the center of pain perception. Another region that may be activated by the noxious stimulus is the cingulate cortex region, which can lead to chronic pain when there is an injury.
Neuroplasticity is the capacity that the Nervous System (NS) has to reorganize itself when confronted to continuous stimuli. Chronic pain results from non-adaptive neuroplasticity of the NS as a consequence of an injury or dysfunction. The pathological imbalance caused by neuroplastic changes contributes to the development of neuropathic pain, inducing the synaptic potentiation and the activation of pain-facilitating paths.”
Case Study: The contribution of Classical Osteopathy in a child with PHDA
“Introduction: Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (PHDA) is a neurodevelopmental disorder of high prevalence, constituting the main reason for referral to neurodevelopment or child and adolescent mental health consultations. In the view of osteopathy, authors say that osteopathic treatment of the entire body has positively influences in learning/school problems. Although the mechanism of action is not fully understood, it is found that manual osteopathic treatment calms neurological excitability. Goal: highlight the contribution of Osteopathy in the overall development of a student of the 1st Cycle of Basic Education with PHDA. Case-Report: A 9-year-old male patient attending the 1st cycle of Basic Education, with a medical diagnosis of PHDA. Results: improvements were observed in the student’s cognitive, motor, social-school and family domains. Conclusion: despite the results presented, there are still few studies carried out by Osteopathy in the PHDA domain. It is necessary to continue to validate the TOAC intervention with children with PHDA.”
Case Study: Influence of body adjustment in a patient with scoliosis
“In an increasingly technological society with easy access to information, there is an increase of musculoskeletal disorders related to poor general habits. Scoliosis can be one of these consequences, as well as many other pathologies. Thus, we seek to ascertain the results of osteopathy by the body adjustment in a patient without previous significant improvements after experiencing other therapeutic approaches. For this, it was submitted for 8 weeks to 11 treatments in which the influence of Osteopathy on the symptoms reported by the patient, medication taken in SOS, possible effects of environmental temperature, quantity and quality of sleep, levels and sources of stress and physical activity were investigated. ”
Long Leverage: A “New” Therapeutical Approach to Fascia
“Osteopathy in its original sense was considered and regarded as a set of therapeutical principles rather than just slick manoeuvres of a manual therapy. It’s curious to define or shall we say redefine the actual word “Osteopathy”. This word does not refer to the scope of treatment but indicates a certain meticulous affinity to anatomy. Andrew Taylor Still developed the word “Osteopathy” from the Greek words “ὀστέον” and “πάθεια”, which refer respectively to bones and to a certain empathy or sympathy towards an incoming experience.
Here we observe that osteopathy defines a therapeutic approach that values the role of the osseous structures as a medium through which the mechanical organic adjustment of the body is performed.
The purpose of this article is to elaborate on the concept of Body Adjustment (BA) as a method of treatment of the whole body and particularly in the field of fascia by using long leverage techniques.”
Series of Monographic Lectures Vol. 1:
The Body Adjustment in Theory & Practice
The LISCO Monographic Lecture Series is intended to be extracts of valuable observations, studies and lectures. The collection covers the topics of principles and philosophy of Osteopathy, body mechanics applied physiology and osteopathic therapeutics.
The first volume is dedicated to the development of the Body Adjustment in theory and practice, with attention paid to the interpretation of body mechanics according to the concepts advocated by Littlejohn and John Wernham.
The second volume iwill be dedicated to Physiology, with a particular emphasis on the process of disease. The great osteopathic researchers like Louisa Burns, McConnell, Tasker and other great osteopathic pioneers are reviewed under the light of recent scientific developments.
The Neural Basis of the Osteopathic Lesion
Four of the main principles in osteopathy appear to be:
1.Joints and their supports are subject to anatomic and functional derangements.
2. These derangements have distant as well as local effects.
3. They are related, directly or indirectly, to other pathologic influences.
4. They may be recognized, and their local and distant effects influenced favorably by manipulation.
Accepting the existence of joint derangements (osteopathic lesions), it is our purpose in this paper to examine not the mechanical and etiological factors involved, but rather the fundamental basis for principles 2 and 3 and to a small extend principle 4 and report progress in our understanding thereof.