Osteopathic Modalities & Treatment

Learn most effective osteopathic techniques to enhance your skill-set

Tuition Fee
US $399.00

Osteopathic Modalities & Treatment

Learn most effective osteopathic techniques to enhance your skill-set

Tuition Fee
US $399.00

Course Overview

OMT is one of the nine curriculum courses of the  Diploma in Osteopathic Manual Practice program. This comprehensive study appeals to healthcare professionals interested in integrating manual osteopathy into their current practice. Students learn how to diagnose restrictions in the musculoskeletal system (a somatic dysfunction), which may be a cause of a health problem or an impediment to a healing process.  Through a series of lectures and video tutorials, students are taught to take a case history, perform a physical examination, make an osteopathic diagnosis of a condition and address it with most effective and appropriate osteopathic techniques.



Lecture slides, video tutorials, handouts/readings


Online quizzes, final exam. Passing Grade is 75%

Continuing Education:

18 CEUs
1 CE= 10 study hours
Course completion: 180 hours


Imparted as a series of ten lessons, students are provided with in-depth coverage of the theoretical and practical aspects of ten techniques. They learn how to take age-appropriate case histories and perform physical examinations, including postural assessment and range of motion testing. The concepts of somatic dysfunction and restrictive barriers are explained through detailed graphics and videos. Students’ comprehension of the materials is reinforced with online quizzes taken at the end of each learning unit.

Both direct and indirect osteopathic approaches are taught. The distinction refers to the direction of the practitioner’s force in relation to a perceived somatic dysfunction or motion preference.

  • Soft tissue technique: categorized as direct, this technique integrates specific manual methods that target soft tissues of the musculoskeletal system in a rhythmic, pressure-alternating fashion. These include such methods as kneading, parallel traction, lateral and linear stretching, and direct inhibitory pressure.
  • Muscle energy technique (MET): this direct technique utilizes precise and voluntary contract-relax response of skeletal muscles around an affected joint. The aim of the technique is to improve local function.
  • High-velocity Low-amplitude (HVLA) is amongst the most commonly used by manual osteopaths. Also called ‘thrust’ technique, it is helpful in addressing back pain, and upper- and lower extremity conditions.
  • Strain-Counterstain: uses passive body positioning of spasmed muscles and affected joints towards the position of ‘ease” or comfort, while releasing the muscle contraction by applying gentle force to specific to the specific pressure point in order to alleviate muscle, joint or connective tissue tightness.
  • Joint mobilization (Articulation): categorized as direct, the technique involves passive amplification of joint movement through the manipulation of a joint’s accessory movement. By influencing accessory movement, articulation improves voluntary gross motion.
  • Myofascial release: a direct technique incorporating stretching muscular and associated connective tissue (fascia). The technique involves the application of a low load, long duration stretch to the myofascial complex, intended to restore optimal length, decrease pain, and improve function.
  • Balanced ligamentous tension (BLT): this technique utilizes an indirect approach. It involves the positioning of structures around a specific anatomical fulcrum to reach a position of ease and balance. A release of a restriction occurs in ligaments and interosseous membranes.
  • Facilitated positional release: this indirect technique is performed through passive positioning and shortening of muscular and ligamentous structures to facilitate relaxation of neuromuscular reflexes and resting tonicity.
  • Techniques promoting Lymphatic Flow: a system of precise direct techniques described as stimulatory, stroking, oscillator, or vibratory. Thoracic Pump lymph drainage technique is a classical example that stimulates lymphatic flow. Exercises and techniques affecting muscle activity (e.g. direct pressure, stroking, effleurage) are taught.
  • Osteopathy in a Cranial field: classified as a combined technique, this course teaches gentle manipulations of cervical and occipital regions proved to be most effective in pain reduction in the sufferers of tension headaches and migraines

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Course Reviews

Yoga teacher
This course is excellent. The videos explain everything clearly and there is plenty of time to absorb information because you learn at your own pace.
Yoga instructor
One of the most interesting courses I have done so far-- great asset to my massage practice.
M.T. Thériault
Pilates trainer
A well designed learning site which was easy to navigate and user friendly. The instructor was always there if I had questions.


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