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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Intermediate

Unit aim

Advances further the student understanding of osteopathic diagnosis and treatment, and introduces the concept of integration of underlying principles into osteopathic health care. Building on the skills and understanding gained in Osteopathic I & II students will develop more advanced soft tissue/myofascial skills including Muscle Energy Technique and Fascial Release of musculoskeletal diagnosis and management of different regions of the body.

Unit content

Topic 1: Patient evaluation protocols, principles of clinical reasoning


Topic 2: Principles of muscle energy and spinal motion. Intersegmental evaluation of the thoracic spine


Topic 3: Treatment of thoracic articular dysfunctions using muscle energy techniques (MET)


Topic 4: Rib cage assessment & treatment of ribs 1 & 2 using MET


Topic 5: Treatment of Ribs 3-10 using osteopathic techniques


Topic 6: Neurophysiology of pain. Assessment & treatment of rib respiratory dysfunctions


Topic 7: Intersegmental evaluation of lumbar spine


Topic 8: Treatment of lumbar articular dysfunction using MET


Topic 9: Intersegmental assessment and neurological testing of cervical spine


Topic 10: Treatment of cervical articular dysfunction MET


Topic 11: Chronic pain syndromes

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 critically discuss how osteopathic principles are integrated in diagnosis and treatment
2 demonstrate and reflect upon safe and competent patient handling skills
3 demonstrate and explain osteopathic diagnosis, ranges of motion and barriers
4 demonstrate and explain Muscle Energy Technique and Soft Tissue/Myofascial integration techniques.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. critically discuss how osteopathic principles are integrated in diagnosis and treatment
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA6:
  2. demonstrate and reflect upon safe and competent patient handling skills
    • GA4:
    • GA6:
  3. demonstrate and explain osteopathic diagnosis, ranges of motion and barriers
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA6:
  4. demonstrate and explain Muscle Energy Technique and Soft Tissue/Myofascial integration techniques.
    • GA4:
    • GA6:

Prescribed texts

  • Nicholas, A & Nicholas, E, 2012, Atlas of Osteopathic Techniques, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Baltimore.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.