Title: The pelvis - an integrative approach
Dates: 4-5 July 2020
Course leader: Valeria Ferreira
About the course
This workshop is designed to assist the participant to appreciate their findings of the pelvic cavity, including the assessment of its fascial 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 and fascial techniques to optimise the mobilisation of the sacrum, bladder, uterus, obturator membrane, pelvic floor, Kidneys, etc. Indications and contra-indications will be discussed throughout the weekend.
This course is aimed at developing a high level of integration and knowledge. Attendees will refine and critically appraise their experiences of osteopathic approaches, taking into account all aspects of professional practice.
This course will also provide an opportunity to look at the ranges of visceral osteopathic management, including techniques, lifestyle, advice and how and when these may need to be altered.
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
Improvement 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.
09:00 - 09:30 Registration
09:30 - 09:45 Introduction and expectations
09:45 - 10:00 Principles behind visceral osteopathy
10:00 - 10:45 Fascial assessment of the pelvis – Iliac positioning, sacrum and pelvic floor
10:45 - 11:00 break
11:00 - 12:30 Functional release of the Sacrum & pelvic floor.
Fascial mobilisation of the gluteus
Mobilisation of sacrospinous and sacro-tuberous ligaments
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch break
13:30 - 15:40 Bladder – anatomy and technique
Pubo-vesico-uterus- sacral ligament assessment and technique
Suspensory ligaments of the Bladder
Obturator membrane technique
15:40 - 16:00 Break
16:00 - 17:30: Uterus – anatomy and techniques
09:30 - 10:15 Clinical presentations of urinary-gynaecologic dysfunctions and discussions
10:15 - 11:00 Ovaries & Fallopian Tubes
11:00 - 11:20 Break
11:20 - 12:30 Kidneys and Ureter – Anatomy and techniques
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 - 15:30 Osteopathic integration: what to consider when treating the pelvis in relation to the lower and upper extremities
15:30 - 15:50 Break
15:50 - 16:50 Palpation of the whole pelvis 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 Q & A
Please bring your Laptops or iPads
Hebgen, E. U. (2011). Visceral Manipulation in Osteopathy. Thieme.
Barral, J. P. and P. Mercier (2006). Visceral Manipulation. Eastland Press.
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 UCO and practicing osteopath in 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 the UCO, leading the fourth 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 founder and director of "COBRA" (Brazilian Osteopathic Centre for Research and Advanced Techniques), while promoting the first 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 an 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.