Rule of the Artery: Level 1

Rule of the Artery: Level 1

with Tim Marris

Stylised graphic of blood vessels journeying towards a man's torso

The heart is not a pump…

We are delighted to announce that the next Rule of the Artery Course will be running in the autumn of 2021. This profound and exciting course will have a significant effect on how you can help your patients. The focus of the course will be on the clinical application of this approach, teaching you to help your patients via enhancing the nutritional supply to, and the toxic removal from any body tissue. Many past students have considered the course “a total game changer” in how they work.

This next course will have a higher level of practical content, than previous years to ensure your skill development is facilitated by our very experienced faculty, all of whom have used this approach extensively in their practice for many years.

Here are just some of the exciting topics which will be discussed and experienced at the treatment tables:

  • The heart is not a pump!
  • How the aorta is the spinal ‘walking stick’. We look at how the aorta will cause a degenerative posture if its mechanics become disturbed by the ‘pulling of the heart strings’.
  • Enhancing the activity of the vertebral arteries to improve the physiology of any spinal segment – discs, facet issues, ligaments, or associated muscles.
  • Releasing the kinks in the garden hose! Mechanical forces in the body can and do disturb the fluid flow in the blood vessels just as a kink in your garden hose reduces the flow out of the end.
  • The serious consequences of venous stasis and how common it is within many of our patients.
  • Compressed sacrum’s – sometimes they are a manifestation of venous stasis within the bone and not a bony compression like we usually assume!
  • Experiencing how the lungs affect every cell of the body
  • Feeling how the 4 arteries supplying the brain influence its physiology, and the clinical consequences if they are not working as they should.
  • Lymphatic drainage and how to enhance its drainage into the venous system

If you would like to revolutionise the way you help your patients, this could be just the course for you!

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.

Eligibility: Module 2 + 2 Pathway courses (3 days or more)
Location: Hawkwood, STROUD
Price: £895 (non-res) £995 (res)
Duration: 3 days
CPD: 24 hours
Frequency: Every 2 years
Leader: Tim Marris

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Forthcoming opportunities to take Rule of the Artery: Part 1

Prices in euros for UK courses and sterling for German and Spanish courses are approximate and for reference only.



What our students say about 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.”

CPD Scheme

CPD Scheme

How this course maps to the GOsC CPD Scheme

On completion of this course you should be able to:
To achieve the learning outcome you must demonstrate the ability to:
1 Integration of new skills and knowledge into your osteopathic management of your patients Competently provide effective osteopathic care and recognize when working with the circulatory system will benefit your patients. Reflect on the impact of your experiences on your development as an osteopath.
2 Use your knowledge, skills, experience and initiative to select, integrate and apply appropriate therapeutic techniques from a comprehensive range, to meet the patient’s treatment needs. Select from a diverse range of therapeutic techniques including those acting directly on the circulatory system tissues to construct and implement a coherent treatment plan that responds to the patient’s specific needs. Critically defend your decisions, backed by research-based evidence / anatomical and physiological knowledge as appropriate.
3 Manage patients and monitor outcomes in a manner that is responsive to the complex and dynamic needs of the patient over time and ensures best care. Construct, implement and monitor osteopathic management plans for your patients and adapt them in response to clinical evidence and patient needs over time.
4 Palpate healthy blood flow in major blood vessels, and be able to identify areas of stasis or turbulence within arterial and venous flood flow. Differentiate the unique tissue qualities of arterial, venous blood and lymphatic flows, and recognize when flow is healthy or restricted.
Type of Learning Learning Activity NLH*
Scheduled Learning Hours Lectures 10
Practical sessions 8
Discussion sessions 1
Guided Learning
Independent Learning Pre-course reading and preparation 2
Autonomous Learning Reflection on clinical experience 3

* Notional Learning Hours

OPS Theme OPS Mapping
1 2 3 4
Communication & Patient Partnership
Knowledge, Skill & Performance
Safety & Quality in Practice
CPD Standards
CPD activities are relevant to the full range of osteopathic practice See above mapping exercise
Objective activities have contributed to practice Peer review/Observation
Case-based discussion activity
Seek to ensure that CPD activities benefit patients Communication/Consent activity
Maintain CPD documentation Certificate of attendance/Overview document provided to student