Course Director: Sajid Surve, DO
Course Coordinator: Toni Allen
The course is designed to introduce the osteopathic student to the history and philosophical principles of osteopathic medicine. The course will provide the foundation of skills and knowledge to diagnose and treat somatic dysfunction. The student is introduced to several examples of direct and indirect treatment systems. The laboratory time is dedicated to developing confidence and skill in diagnosing and treating somatic dysfunction with specific treatment techniques guiding the understanding of the general principles of the treatment systems. In this way the student should be able to apply the principles to the practice of osteopathic medicine.
Objectives: At the end of the course the student should be able to demonstrate:
- The diagnoses of somatic dysfunction through an osteopathic screening exam.
- The understanding of direct and indirect treatment models including but not limited to high velocity low amplitude, muscle energy, strain-counterstrain, facilitated positional release, myofascial release.
- The application of treatment techniques appropriately to the axial skeleton.
- The principles and basic tenets of osteopathic medicine.