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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Advanced

Unit aim

Deepens the skills of osteopathic diagnosis and treatment to a clinical practice level, and develops reflective practice on ethical and patient-centred problem solving in clinical practice. Students are introduced to high velocity technique, its evidence base and application in conditions of the lumbar spine, pelvis and lower limbs.

Unit content

  • Osteopathic diagnosis – integration of screening procedures and spinal biomechanical findings using the neuromusculoskeletal model
  • Osteopathic technique – high velocity technique – evidence base and introductory techniques for the spine, pelvis and lower limbs
  • Introduction to clinical reasoning using an osteopathic approach
  • Rehabilitation strategies for chronic pain presentations – clinical guidelines
  • External clinical placement – observation in osteopathic clinics

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 analyse questions about the evidence basis of osteopathic health care
2 develop and reflect upon safe and contextually-relevant patient handling and interactive skills
3 analyse and interpret relevant information to support clinical reasoning for advanced osteopathic diagnosis and management (integrative neuromusculoskeletal)
4 appraise the evidence pertaining to the use of high velocity manipulative techniques in the lumbar spine, pelvis and lower limbs
5 demonstrate the safe and effective use of high velocity manipulative techniques.

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

  1. critically analyse questions about the evidence basis of osteopathic health care
    • GA1:
  2. develop and reflect upon safe and contextually-relevant patient handling and interactive skills
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA6:
  3. analyse and interpret relevant information to support clinical reasoning for advanced osteopathic diagnosis and management (integrative neuromusculoskeletal)
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA6:
  4. appraise the evidence pertaining to the use of high velocity manipulative techniques in the lumbar spine, pelvis and lower limbs
    • GA4:
    • GA6:
  5. demonstrate the safe and effective use of high velocity manipulative techniques.
    • GA4:
    • GA6:

Prescribed texts

  • Nicholas, A & Nicholas, E, 2015, Atlas of Osteopathic Techniques, 3rd edn, Lippincott Williams and Wilkins , Philadelphia, United States. ISBN: 9781451193411 .
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.