“In the year 1874, I proclaimed that a disturbed artery marked the beginning to an hour and a minute when disease began to sow its seeds of destruction in the human body.”

– Andrew Taylor Still

This completely new course will introduce you to the world of the circulation and the dynamic potency for health delivered by the blood. You will palpate blood flow inside blood vessels, begin exploring the many different qualities of blood in health and disease, and experience the extraordinary changes to whole body health that result from supporting the circulation.

Engaging the therapeutic potency of the blood can enhance treatment response in any area of the body including the spine and joints, and will be directly relevant to your existing clinical practice as well as helping you to work more holistically with patients with complex health challenges.

The course will use a blended learning format to create a supported learning journey over a longer time frame than an intense 3 day course, and help concepts learned to be integrated into clinical practice: as follows:

  • Pre-course: 3 hours of online lectures
  • Course: 3 day in-person course
  • Post-course: Two follow-up Zoom tutorials and online learning resources

Course topics include:

  • Overview of the circulation
  • Embryology of the circulation
  • Blood as an organ
  • Dynamics of blood flow
  • Vascular endothelium
  • Introducing the heart
  • Role of the lungs
  • Circulation as therapeutic interface
  • Lymphatics
  • Cerebral circulation
  • Vascular influence on the spine

This course replaces The Rule of the Artery course. We anticipate that the second part of this course, ‘Exploring the Heart’, will be run in 2024.

SCCO Course Providers: All SCCO courses are run by a resident Course Director, who is an Osteopath and a member of the SCCO Faculty. Pathway courses are delivered by SCCO Faculty and may be supported by guest speakers. Short courses are usually delivered by a visiting guest lecturer. SCCO Faculty members all hold recognised osteopathic qualifications but may not be GOSC registered osteopaths.

Teilnahme: Module 2 + 2 Pathway courses (3 days or more)
Ort: Hawkwood, STROUD
Dauer: 3 days
CPD: 24 hours
Frequenz: Every 2 years
Leader: Liz Hayden

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What our students say about the previous course, Rule of the Artery: Part 1

“Interesting and thought provoking theory technique applicable to practice. Inspiring information from all tutors.”

“The course added a new dimension to my approach to treatment I found the lectures incredibly interesting and learnt a lot of new facts.”

“Tutoring was excellent, attentive and careful without pressurising students. Great lectures and media presentation. Beautiful venue, great food.”

“Lecture content highly relevant to practice, workshop built on lecture content in step wise manner [and] the whole has proved relevant to enhanced practice skills.”

“The teachers had great knowledge and experience and the desire to share it in a comprehensible way. I felt supported, inspired and safe. The theory and practice of this refined art is one of the most magical concepts that I have ever encountered. The venue is a beautifully tranquil place for a learning environment.”