Still Technique Part 1: Introduction to Still Technique - 10 November 2019

Date: 10 November 2019

Course leaders: Jonathan Edis and Glynn Booker

Cost £109-£135


About the course


Still Technique is described as the “application of the rediscovered techniques of Andrew Taylor Still” and is a system of osteopathic assessment and manipulative treatment from the USA which aspires to recreate the manipulations of the ‘Old Doctor’.

A cross between structural and functional techniques, it is an alternative or supplement to HVT techniques, when such approaches are inappropriate or ineffective.  Fluent, dynamic and effective, the Still Technique takes in elements of positional diagnosis, manipulation, articulation and functional technique.  Like HVT, it pushes against barriers to movement and creates a positive release.  Unlike HVT, it is softer and more fluid and produces a gentle “clunk” – often much better tolerated by a wider range of patients. It is also applicable to every area of the body.

This 6 hour CPD workshop will introduce the theory and practice of Still Technique, and will focus on the lumbar spine, pelvis and 1st rib.

This course is followed by second course on 8 December 2019 which aims to build upon learning further. Delegates booking Part 1 & Part 2 together can do so at a discounted rate of £250 instead of £270.


Summary of Osteopathic Practice Standards (updated) and other CPD elements covered

A Communication and patient partnership - A4

B Knowledge, skills and performance - B1, B3

C Safety and quality in practice - C1


Communcation and Consent - 0.5 hrs

There is 0.5 hours of formally taught communication & consent in the course as it covers clinical issues that pertain to Still Technique. The clinical indications, contraindications, therapeutic mechanisms, efficacy and adverse events associated with Still Technique are all formally discussed. While there is some material that is specific to Still Technique, much of the information relates to general manual therapy. This will revise and refresh delegates’ knowledge around issues of manual therapy intervention; it will also ensure that delegates can get adequate informed consent if they decide to use Still Techniques – or any manual therapy – with their patients.


Learning outcomes

Introduce the background, development and principles of Still Technique
Discuss clinical issues related to the safe and appropriate application of Still Technique
Introduce the theory and practice the application of Still Techniques to: rib1, lumbar spine (Lsp), sacroiliac joint (SIJ), pubic symphysis, hip musculature (iliopsoas and piriformis)



09:00-09:30     Arrival and registration

09.30-11:00     Introduction to Still Technique

                        Clinical concepts & principles


11:00-11:15     Tea / Coffee

11:15-13:00     Practical: Rib 1 techniques

13.00-14:00     Lunch

14:00-15:15     Practical: Lumbar Spine techniques

15:15-15:30     Tea / Coffee

15.30-16:45     Practical: Pelvis techniques

16.45-17:00     Final thoughts & reflection

17:00               Finish


Course suitability

This course is suitable for qualified osteopaths, final year undergraduate osteopathic students and final year students on the UCO MSc pre-registration course (UCO MSc Pre-Reg).

Course Leaders

Jonathan Edis graduated from the former British School of Osteopathy (BSO) now University College of Osteopathy (UCO) 2001. From 2002, he has combined work in general osteopathic practice with lecturing & clinical roles at the UCO. 

In 2004, Jonathan visited the German Osteopathic College’s annual osteopathic symposium in Bavaria, where he attended a three day Still Technique workshop with Pierre Bachand, a colleague of its creator, Richard Van Buskirk. After using it extensively in practice, he has been teaching Still Technique in the UK & Europe since 2010. He has also delivered continuous professional development lectures on anatomy & structural osteopathic manipulative technique.

Glynn Booker graduated from the BSO in 2004 and has operated his own practice in Greenwich since 2007.  He began teaching osteopathy in the same year.

Glynn has had extensive experience (including teaching experience) in climbing, snowboarding, martial arts, kites and juggling whilst working in various walks of life before starting osteopathy.  He learnt the Still Technique in Bavaria in 2004 at the European Symposium and has been teaching the technique since 2010.  He has also been teaching “orthodox” technique at the UCO since 2009 and a clinic tutor since 2007.  He has fulfilled niche roles in outreach clinics, teaching in clinics for the elderly, the homeless and HIV patients.  He became a clinic team Leader in 2014.

Additional Information

Delegates may be required to partially undress for practical sessions so appropriate underwear or alternatives to change into, such as shorts or leggings, are recommended. Clothing should be loose fitting to allow for movement of the limbs. 

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.