The Abdomen - Visceral Osteopathy

Dates:  12-13 October 2019

Speaker: Valeria Ferreira

Cost: £218 - £270


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.


Summary of Osteopathic Practice Standards (updated) covered in this course

A Communication and patient partnership - A1, A2, A3, A4, A6,

B Knowledge, skills and performance - B1, B2, B3

C Safety and quality in practice - C1


Learning objectives

  • 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.



Day 1

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 

Day 2

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


Course suitability

The course is suitable to qualified ostepaths and osteopathic students in their final year.


About the course leader

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.


Cancellation Policy

The UCO regrets that no refunds can be made for cancelled places unless a substitute participant can be found.  The UCO cannot guarantee that any course will run.  In the event of your course being cancelled, all paid fees and deposits will be refunded in full.