In this, the SCCO’s flagship course, we study and clinically apply the key hypotheses that comprise ‘Osteopathy in the Cranial Field’ as developed by W.G. Sutherland. Over the course of 50 years Dr. Sutherland developed key concepts, calling them the five phenomena, as a way of assessing and treating whole body function.
The course introduces each of these five phenomena along with treatment approaches that you can use immediately in practice. In addition, the course will present how contemporary scientific research has enhanced our understanding of the relevance of these five phenomena:
- The mobility of the cranial bones
- The reciprocal tension of the membranes
- The motility of the CNS
- The fluctuation of the CSF
- The involuntary motion of the sacrum between the ilia
This course will help you understand how treating the involuntary mechanism (IVM) can be applied to all, from paediatrics to geriatrics, and how to attain better outcomes of treatment. In the first half of the course you will learn to recognise the unique palpatory quality of the structures making up each of the five phenomena, and begin to understand how they relate to each other. The second half of the course moves into the area of diagnosis and treatment, including the fascia, face, ligamentous and intra-osseous problems. This course will teach you treatment approaches such as balanced membranous tension (BMT) and fluid management techniques that you will be able to use immediately in your practice.
The course consists of a well-balanced mixture of short lectures or workshops followed by practical sessions. You will work in small groups of 1 tutor to 4 students, giving you almost individual tuition in the practicals. Time is set aside at the end of each day for individual reflection and discussion with your tutor.