ANS function and regulation throughout life
OPEN TO ANY QUALIFIED OSTEOPATH
From the earliest days of Osteopathy the autonomics have been considered vitally important in the regulation of health and homeostasis.
Modern research has increasingly confirmed this and opened new horizons in our understanding. In particular, recent discovery has revealed the extent to which the ANS has quite different functions at different stages of life.
We feel it is a good time to explore the relevance of current research in the light of our Osteopathic heritage. To this end the conference will offer lectures, discussion, practical workshops, and of course time to meet up with colleagues old and new.
Max Girardin · Danny Orchard · Susan Turner · Orianne Evans · Pamela Vaill Carter · Taj Deoora · Kok Weng Lim · Mary Bolingbroke
|Eligibility:||Open to any qualified osteopath|
|Location:||Columbia Hotel, LONDON|
|Leader:||Sibyl Grundberg, Clare Ballard, Christiana Schumacher, Lesley Griggs|
*Discounts for paid Fellows & Members
Lectures & Practicals
An outline of the conference agenda
Lectures: Saturday 8 June
Lectures: Sunday 9 June
The conference will feature practical workshops on both days. Please note that delegates who are not registered with GOsC or who don’t have their own insurance are very welcome to attend but may not participate in practical elements.
Max Girardin seeks to live by A. T. Still’s adage: Osteopathy is founded on Nature, Osteopathy is found in Nature, Osteopathy is Nature.
An internationally known lecturer and co-founder of EVOST (Evolutionary Medicine within the Osteopathic Field) in Belgium, Max has travelled far from his starting point in physiotherapy. His thought embraces a broad range of influences from strain-counterstrain to the biodynamic embryology of Blechschmidt, and arrives at an evolutionary perspective. Inspired by frequent journeys close to nature in the African bush, his teaching has encompassed human anatomy, neurophysiology and dissection, comparative anatomy and embryology.
Max will deliver two lectures at the conference, introducing the anatomy and physiology of the autonomics from his own evolutionary perspective.
Advances in pain neuroscience have led to a much greater understanding of our patient’s problems and the effects many of our osteopathic adjustments have on the body. No longer should we view our treatment as manual techniques directly producing a change in tissues but by assisting and reorganising the nervous system to thus alter the tissues. A modern understanding of neuroplasticity and Hebbian learning explains a great deal, though not all, of how we can adjust tissues and the person, from a complete biopsychosocial perspective. Much of what we palpate and attempt to change will be a reflection of, and transmitted via, the autonomic nervous system. It is therefore of paraamount importance to understand the microscopic and macroscopic changes to both the local tissues and the central nervous system in common dysfunctions of the autonomic nervous system. This lecture will cover complex regional pain syndrome and how it has gone from an understandable but misleading diagnosis of ‘reflex sympathetic dystrophy’ to the current term of CRPS.
Danny Orchard is a senior lecturer at the UCO (formerly BSO) and has taught an array of subjects from pathophysiology and neuromusculoskeletal to his current role in remapping the pain science curriculum. He is also CEO and Founder of Core Clapton, a research and mentoring charity in East London.
The Autonomic Nervous System is a wonderful mechanism of integration – a coordinator of cognitive, sensory, limbic, endocrine and immune system inputs – regulating our physiology in complex ways. Dr. Becker describes Health as “a living principle and a living experience in a living body.” A balanced autonomic system is a foundation for being able to access that living force of Health.
In her lectures, Orianne will explore embryonic and fetal development of the autonomic system, the model of the Polyvagal Theory, and how the limbic system can influence the autonomic system through its evaluation of internal and external information as well as emotions and memory.
Orianne obtained a degree in Biology from the University of Pennsylvania before moving to England and discovering osteopathy. She graduated from the European School of Osteopathy in 1986 and was on the faculty there until 1990. Orianne has taught extensively internationally and is a member of the Osteopathic Cranial Academy. She is humbled by how much she still has to learn from the study of the human system, her contemplation of nature, her clients, her reading of our osteopathic founders, and from her teachers and colleagues. She currently resides in the mountains of Boulder, Colorado.
Pamela Vaill Carter
It’s not stress that kills us, it’s our reaction to it.
Stress is an inevitable fact of life and can increase the risk of a wide variety of ailments. However, the degree that stress exerts a deleterious effect on our health depends on our attitude towards it. This talk will discuss the negative and positive byproducts of stress and how we can guide our patients towards positive health outcomes.
Pamela Vaill Carter is a native Californian who graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Osteopathic Medicine and a Diploma in Naturopathy from the British College of Osteopathic Medicine (formerly BCNO), an MSc in Paediatric Osteopathy from the Osteopathic Centre for Children (OCC), and a Diploma in Acupuncture from Acumedic. She is a Fellow of the Sutherland Cranial College of Osteopathy (FSCCO) where she completed both the 250-hour SCCO Pathway and the Osteopathic Education qualification. She also served on the SCCO Board of Trustees for the past six years. She taught practical and visceral techniques at BCOM for 12 years and has been a lecturer and clinical consultant at the OCC. She continues to lecture and tutor on the gut, the endocrine system and other osteopathic courses throughout the UK and Europe.
The nature of neural plasticity is influenced by factors throughout life – from embryological development to old age. Autonomic neurons are constantly and extensively adapting in response to intrinsic and extrinsic stimuli from their environment.
Age related changes that involve the peripheral nervous system especially the autonomic components have a determining role in health and functional independence of later life. Whilst many autonomic neurons retain a remarkable capacity for adaptation to changing circumstances, some are subject to selective vulnerability so contributing to functional losses of old age including deficits in autonomic control of homeostasis. This lecture will look at the tonic/phasic aspect of autonomic regulation.
Tajinder K Deoora graduated from the British School of Osteopathy in 1983. She obtained her MSc in Clinical neuroscience and Immunology from the University of Surrey in 1999. She is the author of “Healing through cranial osteopathy” and co-author of “Fundamental osteopathic techniques.” Taj lectures internationally mostly on paediatrics and immunology and is a faculty fellow of the SCCO. She is currently enjoying her great niece and very large peonies that she cultivated two years ago.
Kok Weng Lim
Kok Weng graduated from the British School of Osteopathy in 1989. He is also a graduate of the European School of Osteopathy and the University of Greenwich where he obtained his Masters in Osteopathy in 2004. Amongst his principal MSc modules were gynaecology and obstetrics, and neuroanatomy. He has also assisted Dr Frank Willard in his neuroanatomy courses at the ESO. Kok Weng is an international member of the Cranial Academy in the USA.
He has worked at the Osteopathic Centre for Children since its earliest beginnings in 1991. He now an osteopathic consultant at the OCC and teaches there on their pediatric diploma pathway, and he also works one day each week in their outreach clinic at a neonatal intensive care unit in a north London hospital where he works as part of a multi-disciplinary team. His work at the hospital includes running a small children outpatient clinic where problems that are associated with premature births are followed up post-discharge from the neonatal unit.
He is also on the faculty of the Sutherland Cranial College of Osteopathy which provides postgraduate education in the cranial field. He is on the faculty of the ESO, the Vienna School of Osteopathy and is engaged in postgraduate teaching at various institutions in Europe including Spain, Netherlands and Italy.
Mary Bollingbroke left school at 16 and worked variously as an archaeologist, florist, printer, baker and server of Guinness, all of which came in very useful when, in 1988, she joined the BSO to train as an Osteopath. Having qualified in 1992, she has worked with Stuart Korth in Kent, at the OCC, at her own practice in North London and later in Plymouth and Penzance. She now lives and works in Bradford-on-Avon treating people at Christian Sullivan’s practice, treating horses and dogs with colleague Mary Monro and working with children and students at the Daisy Clinic in Ireland with Ian Wright.
She teaches at various venues mainly on teenage brain development, gut biomes and primitive reflexes. She has been taught at the SCC, in the USA with Jim Jealous and of course by all her own students.
Whilst she continues to bake, arrange flowers and drink Guinness, she hasn’t felt the need to do any archaeology for many years.
Praise for our 2018 Conference
“It just feels like a ‘homecoming’ being with the SCCO – wonderful being with like minds. I am in awe of all the dedicated tutors and researchers within the SCCO. Thank you all so much for putting so much into the profession.”
“I’ve not attended many SCCO events in the past, but was struck by the friendliness and openess of other attendees – moreso than other ‘standard’ osteopathic courses I’ve attended. I left with a different perspective.”