Philosophy and Objectives of the College


Each academic year includes:

  1. 6 courses of 4-5 days each

  2. 2 clinical days

  3. 1-2 extra courses in anatomy or osteopathy

Each of the 34 sessions has a particular focus. Most of the courses deal with a specific area of the body, such as the pelvis and its anatomical, physiological, biomechanical, and reflexive interrelationships.

Included in each specific course are theory, methodology, practical and clinical elements related to the topic.

Techniques from the four disciplines, osteo-articular, cranial-sacral, visceral normalization and fascial release are taught, practiced, and evaluated. Some of the other courses are

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-> very specific such as

  1. General Osteopathic Technique (GOT)

  2. Muscle Energy

  3. Strain-Counterstrain


-> more topically related such as

  1. Pathophysiology

  2. Obstetrics

  3. Research

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Each year...

students develop new protocols of palpation thereby permitting them to work with greater precision on each part of the body.

Objectives and course plan:

The courses focus on palpation and on the practice of the various therapeutic methods.
The subject matter of each course is presented in the context of being part of whole and interdependent organism. The professor establishes interrelationships between different systems and how it relates to the area being studied.

Each course consists of:

  1. A lecture addressing the normal functional anatomy and physiology in relation to the part of the body being studied. An analysis of related biomechanics and kinesiology;

  2. How to evaluate and examine a patient using successive steps. The student learns to build a treatment plan based on the practical test results;

  3. Practice of different therapeutic methods. The professor explains the protocol leading to the successful completion of a technique, describes precisely how to adapt the palpation to dialogue with the tissues and transmits the know-how to deliver the correct therapeutic act.
    This is an extremely important point and represents one of the unique strengths of our College.

1st academic year:

  1. Concepts and philosophy of Osteopathy

  2. Specificity of Osteopathy

  3. General Osteopathic Treatment (G.O.T.)

  4. Osteopathy applied to the cranial sphere and the functional unit of the craniosacral system.

  5. Primary Respiratory Mechanism (PRM)

  6. The pelvis and lumbo-sacral junction

  7. The lower extremities

  8. Gait and posture analysis

  9. Strain counterstrain. Myofascial release

  10. Evaluation and treatment of the fascia

  11. System of auto-regulation

  12. Clinical methodology for evaluation and treatments

2nd academic year:

  1. Concepts of somato-visceral and viscero-somatic dysfunction

  2. The lumbar spine, thoracic spine, thorax, cervical spine and pivot points

  3. Second Degree lesions

  4. Cranial Osteopathy

  5. Evaluation and treatment of the fascia

  6. The Temporomandibular joint (TMJ)

  7. Muscle Energy

  8. Intra-osseous lesions

  9. Clinical methodology for evaluation and treatment

3rd academic year:

  1. Osteopathic concepts in relation to postural equilibrium, the dural craniosacral mechanism and myofascial chains

  2. The occiput-atlas-axis

  3. Occlusion and the TMJ

  4. The upper extremity

  5. Neuromotor development

  6. Treatment of infants and young children

  7. Functional emergency techniques

  8. Bones of the face

  9. Cranial Osteopathy

  10. Crossed myofascial chains

  11. Clinical methodology for evaluation and treatment of Autoregulation System

  12. Clinical methodology for evaluation and treatment

4th academic year:

  1. Osteopathic concepts concerning interrelations between musculoskeletal and organ systems

  2. The central chain

  3. Evaluation and treatment of the fascia

  4. Complex osteo-articular lesions

  5. Embryology and movements of the viscera and organs

  6. Physiology and pathology of the digestive system

  7. The digestive system

  8. The respiratory system

  9. Evaluation and treatment of post-traumatic visceral and organic lesions

  10. The lymphatic system

  11. Cranial Osteopathy of the encephalon

  12. Research methodology courses

  13. Clinical methodology for evaluation and treatment

5th academic year:

  1. Osteopathic concepts and integration of various elements to assist you in establishing a differential diagnosis between lesions of a traumatic, visceral and/or emotional origin

  2. Physiology and Pathology of the cardio-respiratory system

  3. The circulatory system and cardiac vascularisation

  4. The elimination and reproductive systems

  5. Obstetrics

  6. Complex lesions of the pelvis

  7. Osteopathic treatment of multiple trauma patients

  8. The para-sympathetic and sympathetic systems

  9. Research methodology courses

  10. Evaluation and treatment of emotional trauma

  11. Cranial Osteopathy (general synthesis and advanced courses)

  12. The auto-regulation and immune systems

  13. General methodology for evaluation and treatment