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Treating Nerve Pain

Nerve pain and sensitivity can present in many ways in practice and the symptoms vary widely; from tingling, itching, burning, stinging, feeling tight, swollen, bigger or odd, sharp shooting, deep nagging ache, ants crawling and everything in between.

Treating nerve pain: Liz Howard has translated a vast body of research into an osteopathic evidence-informed approach to assessing and treating the neuro-endocrine-immune system. She utilises the current evidence from pain science, fascial research, neurodynamics and clinical trials to support traditional osteopathic treatment models.

Nerve pain triggers are often complex and multifactorial, and neural tissue involvement can be subtle in the early days, often mimicking or co-existing with simple mechanical pain. As primary healthcare practitioners, it is important to recognize and manage any neural component to your patients’ pain early to support their recovery and help prevent ongoing pain and disability.

In Nerve Pain in Practice Liz Howard has translated a vast body of research into an evidence-informed osteopathic approach to assessing and treating the neuro-endocrine-immune system. She utilises the current evidence from pain science, fascial research, neurodynamics and clinical trials to support traditional osteopathic treatment models.

Apply your palpation skills and manual therapy techniques for fascia (connective tissue) to the peripheral nervous system. Liz will guide you in this rewarding area of practice via efficient, ergonomic, and safe techniques in young, older and the most sensitive and fragile patients.

The course will feature pre-learning videos and face-to-face learning to cover;

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to

Course Details

The Nerve Pain in Practice course is suitable for therapists with no experience with indirect techniques required. It includes practical examination and treatment protocols for treating nerve pain that you will be able to use with confidence in your clinical practice.

The course will run from 8:30AM to 4PM. Places are limited to 20 attendees. It includes morning and afternoon tea, printed course notes and an e-certificate of attendance for your CPD records. The course can be counted as 7 hours CPD and will include around 1.5 hours of pre-learning videos.

About the Presenter

Liz Howard (Advanced Pain Management Osteopath) has many years of treating nerve pain in the pelvis and in general practice (peripheral nerve pain), providing her with unique clinical experience through the lens of the latest pain science.

Liz practices at the Women's Health & Research Institute of Australia, a specialist pelvic pain clinic in Sydney. She holds a Master of Science in Medicine (Pain Management) from USYD in 2013 and has over 25 years’ of experience as an osteopath, including pain education and as a clinical specialist in sacral neuromodulation.

Liz has more than 16 years’ of experience teaching at Australian universities and as a CPD provider. Her teaching experience ranges from course writing, presenting lectures and practicum in Undergraduate and Master’s Osteopathic programs (University of Western Sydney, Southern Cross University), clinical supervision of Osteopathic students (UWS, SCU, SportsMed Mumbai), to presentations at many professional associations including RANZCOG (Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Obstetrics & Gynaecology), AGES (Australasian Gynaecological Endoscopy & Surgery), NSANZ (Neuromodulation Society of Australia and New Zealand), Osteopathy Australia National Conference presentation, Pregnancy Massage Australia, Pelvic Floor Seminars, GP education evenings and international allied health events, most recently in Ireland, Sweden and New Zealand.

Find out more about Liz Howard's experience treating nerve pain here.

Treat underlying issues in baby's digestive system

Colic, constipation, and reflux are common gastrointestinal issues for tiny tummies, causing distress for both babies and parents. They can lead to problems feeding and sleeping, increased crying and fussiness, and affect bonding and overall emotional health. With a comprehensive understanding of these conditions, osteopathy is perfectly placed to help alleviate discomfort and promote better function in infants.

Learn to use your palpation to assess muscle tone, the vertebral column, cranial structures and restriction in the diaphragm, thoracic spine, and abdomen. Then apply safe, gentle infant-specific osteopathic techniques to address cranial restrictions, optimize cerebrospinal fluid dynamics, and enhance vagal tone and digestive function, as well as release tension in the diaphragm, abdominal organs, and pelvic floor, and improve respiratory function.

Along with strategies to improve baby’s posture, feeding patterns, pelvic floor muscle tone and co-ordination, nerve function, cranial/cervical mobility, parasympathetic tone, and mobility and function of the intestines there is so much you can do!

This in-depth course from highly respected Italian Paediatric Osteopath Luisa Miraglia combines assessment, treatment planning, case-studies and gentle-but-effective osteopathic assessment and treatment techniques. Tiny Tummies will deliver you the knowledge and skills to support your patients and improve the health and well-being in both the short and longer term.

Techniques will be demonstrated and practiced via a combination of detailed pre-recorded videos, on fellow attendees and a planned infant clinic to end the day. The clinic is dependent on suitable parents volunteering. We will do our best facilitate this aspect of the course but for obvious reasons it cannot be guaranteed.

Learning Objectives


Course Details

Tiny Tummies is open to osteopaths of all levels of experience.  The course has a strong practical focus and includes appropriate manual therapy techniques that you can immediately use with confidence in your practice. Best efforts will be made to have infants present but this cannot be guaranteed.

Includes access to around 2 hours of pre-learning videos covering anatomy and other background topics. On the day the course will run from 8:30AM to 4PM. Places are limited to 20 attendees. It also includes morning and afternoon tea, printed course notes and an e-certificate of attendance for your CPD records. The course can be counted as 8 hours CPD.

About the Presenter

Luisa Miraglia has more than 15 years’ experience practicing as a neonatal and paediatric osteopath. She graduated from Italian College of Osteopathy in Bologna (2009) and completed a Masters in Paediatric Osteopathy at the Osteopathic Centre for Children, Italy (OCC) (2019). Luisa has pursued further training in Europe and the United States, engaging in courses and clinical rotations collaborating with recognised leaders in the paediatric osteopathy field, including Viola Frymann, Jane Carreiro, Hollis King, Stuart Korth, Susan Turner, Nicette Sergueff, among others.

Her teaching experience in extensive, having worked as a teacher and clinical tutor at the OCC, as a paediatric osteopathy instructor at the OSCE school, as educational director and teacher for the Master's degree program in Paediatric Osteopathy at the Fulcro School of Osteopathy (Treviso), and serving as vice president of the Italian Osteopathy Association.

Luisa is very excited to be bringing her Tiny Tummies course to Australia for the first time.

Treating plagiocephaly in infants

Babies come in all shapes and sizes, but their little skulls are soft and somewhat moldable making them prone to skull deformations called plagiocephaly (or flat head syndrome).

Plagiocephaly does not affect the development of a baby’s brain, but if not treated it may change their physical appearance by causing uneven growth of their face and head. Fortunately, plagiocephaly responds well to non-surgical treatments but early diagnosis and treatment are very important.

The key to helping these infants is understanding the causes of plagiocephaly, the diagnostic criteria and techniques, and applying a whole-body approach to treatment. By utilising a combination of cranial techniques, gentle manoeuvres for cranial function, addressing musculoskeletal imbalances and considering the impact of soft tissue tension, you will be able to manage challenges and setbacks, helping promote little-ones continued cranial health and development.

This in-depth course from highly respected Italian Paediatric Osteopath Luisa Miraglia combines assessment, treatment planning, case-studies and gentle-but-effective osteopathic assessment and treatment techniques. Treating Plagiocephaly will deliver you the knowledge and skills to support your patients and improve the health and well-being in both the short and longer term.

Techniques will be demonstrated and practiced via a combination of detailed pre-recorded videos, on fellow attendees and a planned infant clinic to end the day. The clinic is dependent on suitable parents volunteering. We will do our best facilitate this aspect of the course but for obvious reasons it cannot be guaranteed.

Learning Objectives

Course Details

Treating Plagiocephaly is open to osteopaths of all levels of experience.  The course has a strong practical focus and includes appropriate manual therapy techniques that you can immediately use with confidence in your practice. Best efforts will be made to have infants present but this cannot be guaranteed.

Includes access to around 2 hours of pre-learning videos covering anatomy and other background topics. On the day the course will run from 8:30AM to 4PM. Places are limited to 20 attendees. It also includes morning and afternoon tea, printed course notes and an e-certificate of attendance for your CPD records. The course can be counted as 8 hours CPD.

About the Presenter

Luisa Miraglia has more than 15 years’ experience practicing as a neonatal and paediatric osteopath. She graduated from Italian College of Osteopathy in Bologna (2009) and completed a Masters in Paediatric Osteopathy at the Osteopathic Centre for Children, Italy (OCC) (2019). Luisa has pursued further training in Europe and the United States, engaging in courses and clinical rotations collaborating with recognised leaders in the paediatric osteopathy field, including Viola Frymann, Jane Carreiro, Hollis King, Stuart Korth, Susan Turner, Nicette Sergueff, among others.

Her teaching experience in extensive, having worked as a teacher and clinical tutor at the OCC, as a paediatric osteopathy instructor at the OSCE school, as educational director and teacher for the Master's degree program in Paediatric Osteopathy at the Fulcro School of Osteopathy (Treviso), and serving as vice president of the Italian Osteopathy Association.

Luisa is very excited to be bringing her Treating Plagiocephaly course to Australia for the first time.

Breastfeeding support for your patients

Breastfeeding is a beautiful and natural process, but it is not always without challenges. From latch and suckling difficulties, to milk supply and nipple pain, many parents encounter obstacles along their breastfeeding journey that can lead to frustration and even premature weaning.

Understanding these issues and how they relate to biomechanics, the MSK system, hormones, posture, and other factors is key to supporting your patients.

With the appropriate assessment and treatment techniques for baby’s skull, cervical spine, shoulder dystocia, breathing dynamics, pelvic mechanics and more you’ll be able to help them to embrace the joy of successful breastfeeding.

This in-depth course from highly respected Italian Paediatric Osteopath Luisa Miraglia combines the anatomy and physiology of lactation with case-studies and gentle-but-effective osteopathic assessment and treatment techniques. Breastfeeding Support will deliver you the knowledge and skills to support your patients and improve the health and well-being of both parent and baby.

Techniques will be demonstrated and practiced via a combination of detailed pre-recorded videos, on fellow attendees and a planned infant clinic to end the day. The clinic is dependent on suitable parents volunteering. We will do our best facilitate this aspect of the course but for obvious reasons it cannot be guaranteed.

Learning Objectives

Course Details

Breastfeeding Support is open to osteopaths of all levels of experience.  The course has a strong practical focus and includes appropriate manual therapy techniques that you can immediately use with confidence in your practice. Best efforts will be made to have infants present but this cannot be guaranteed.

Includes access to around 2 hours of pre-learning videos covering anatomy and other background topics. On the day the course will run from 8:30AM to 4PM. Places are limited to 20 attendees. It also includes morning and afternoon tea, printed course notes and an e-certificate of attendance for your CPD records. The course can be counted as 8 hours CPD.

About the Presenter

Luisa Miraglia has more than 15 years’ experience practicing as a neonatal and paediatric osteopath. She graduated from Italian College of Osteopathy in Bologna (2009) and completed a Masters in Paediatric Osteopathy at the Osteopathic Centre for Children, Italy (OCC) (2019). Luisa has pursued further training in Europe and the United States, engaging in courses and clinical rotations collaborating with recognised leaders in the paediatric osteopathy field, including Viola Frymann, Jane Carreiro, Hollis King, Stuart Korth, Susan Turner, Nicette Sergueff, among others.

Her teaching experience in extensive, having worked as a teacher and clinical tutor at the OCC, as a paediatric osteopathy instructor at the OSCE school, as educational director and teacher for the Master's degree program in Paediatric Osteopathy at the Fulcro School of Osteopathy (Treviso), and serving as vice president of the Italian Osteopathy Association.

Luisa is very excited to be bringing her Breastfeeding Support course to Australia for the first time.

Treating Endometriosis

Endometriosis is a whole body issue, affecting the nervous, immune, endocrine, lymphatic and musculoskeletal systems. A growing body of research is exploring the interconnectedness of all these systems. But how do you apply that knowledge to your patients?

Bec teaching attendees of the Endo Enigma course to get better outcomes with patients when treating endometriosis

The Endo Enigma takes a cutting edge understanding of endometriosis, inflammation and pain science and combines them with traditional osteopathic principles and philosophy to develop a clinical reasoning framework you can easily apply to people with endometriosis and persistent pelvic pain in your clinical practice.

In this one-day course participants will gain an understanding of what endometriosis REALLY is - debunking many current myths. You will learn an individualised assessment and treatment plan for patients with suspected or diagnosed endo and how it fits within the context of an interdisciplinary team.

Treating endometriosis requires a number of skills; including hands-on manual therapy, pain education and lifestyle management. You will learn a variety of external manual techniques for pelvic pain that can be used together as a model or individually. The course includes a nutrition component, and a variety of tips to assist with whole person management of this complex issue.

The Endo Enigma is full of practical information you can immediately implement to improve how you work treating endometriosis.

Learning Objectives

Course Details

The Endo Enigma course is applicable to all allied health manual therapy practitioners. You’ll leave with a framework for developing an assessment and treatment plan for patients with suspected or diagnosed endometriosis. Internal techniques will not be demonstrated.

Includes access to around 3 hours of pre-learning videos will cover anatomy and other background topics. On the day the course will run from 8:30AM to 4PM. Places are limited to 20 attendees. It also includes morning and afternoon tea and an e-certificate of attendance for your CPD records. The course can be counted as 9 hours CPD.

About the Presenter

Rebecca Malon is based on the Sunshine Coast and in clinic at Freya Health she primarily treats women's health issues focusing on pelvic pain, hormonal health, preconception, pregnancy and postpartum. She graduated RMIT with a Master’s Degree in Osteopathy in 2010 and completed her Bachelor of Health Science (Nutritional and Dietetic Medicine) in 2019.

In addition to her clinical role Rebecca is a lecturer and Curriculum Facilitator in the Myotherapy Department at Endeavour College of Natural Health and is the Queensland practitioner member for the Osteopathy Board of Australia. She has been a contributor to multiple women’s health and endometriosis panels including presenting for University of Melbourne, Hypnobirthing Australia and QENDO

See Rebecca’s full bio here.

Attendee Feedback

The presenters’ knowledge was impeccable and all the information was so valuable. The slides were great and contained just the right amount of info. It was well paced and I definitely came out feeling well-armed. Loved it

Well-presented pre-course anatomy review and content as well as great manual skills and nutrition taught on the day. As a physio the group of Osteo's were so welcoming and patient with our holes in clinical osteo knowledge!

Pregnancy Pain

Liz Howard is one of Australia’s leading Osteopaths with experience in treating the pelvis. Working closely with Pain Physician and Gynaecologist Prof Thierry Vancaillie at the Women’s Health & Research Institute of Australia Liz sees the consequences of difficult births, pregnancies and prolonged labour every day. With the right approach, great clinical results can be achieved for many complex presentations and Liz is passionate about sharing her knowledge and experience in this area.

In Pain & Pregnancy, you’ll learn how to best assist patients prepare for birth as well as post-partum covering topics such as prolapse, diastasis recti, preventing nerve pain, pelvic girdle pain, post-cesarean care, breastfeeding ergonomics, and more.

Liz Howard teaching osteopaths to treat pregnancy painTreatment models, and direct and indirect techniques demonstrated are based on the latest clinical guidelines for reducing pelvic floor delivery trauma, managing pelvic girdle pain, and the prevention of post-partum complications in the short and long term. You will learn useful self-management tips that patients can utilize during pregnancy, in birth-planning and the post-partum period.

Learning Objectives

Pain & Pregnancy Course Details

The Pain & Pregnancy course is applicable to all allied health manual therapy practitioners with no prior experience treating pregnancy pain required. It will include practical examination and treatment protocols you will be able to immediately use with confidence in your practice.

The course will run from 8:30 AM to 4 PM. It includes morning and afternoon tea, e-notes and an e-certificate of attendance for your CPD records. The course can be counted as 7 hours CPD.

After completing this course attendees will have the opportunity to attend Liz Howard’s Pelvic Pain Puzzle course which teaches the management of pelvic and perineal pain.

About the Presenter

Advanced Pain Management Osteopath Liz Howard practices at the Women's Health & Research Institute of Australia, a specialist pelvic pain clinic in Sydney. She holds a Master of Science in Medicine (Pain Management) from USYD in 2013 and has over 25 years’ of experience as an osteopath, including pain education and as a clinical specialist in sacral neuromodulation.

Liz has more than 16 years’ of experience teaching at Australian universities and as a CPD provider. Her teaching experience ranges from course writing, presenting lectures and practicum in Undergraduate and Master’s Osteopathic programs (University of Western SydneySouthern Cross University), clinical supervision of Osteopathic students (UWS, SCU, SportsMed Mumbai), to presentations at many professional associations including RANZCOG (Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Obstetrics & Gynaecology), AGES (Australasian Gynaecological Endoscopy & Surgery), NSANZ (Neuromodulation Society of Australia and New Zealand), Osteopathy Australia National Conference presentation, Pregnancy Massage Australia, Pelvic Floor Seminars, GP education evenings and international allied health events, most recently in Ireland, Sweden and New Zealand.

Find out more about Liz Howard's experience here.

Feedback

Organisation and venue was great which left participants comfortable to concentrate on the excellent delivery of very helpful and relevant information and instruction. Well done everyone involved and a big thank you to Liz for so generously sharing her skill and expertise.

Gopi McLeod

This was hands down one of the best courses I have attended! The balance of updated info, the course structure and the hands on practice was brilliant. I especially enjoyed that you tailored the course to the attendees and the one day course structure so that I don't feel burned out on the weekend and it didn’t impact work as much as a two day course may have. Thank you very much to all of the tutors and Liz for your guidance and support.

Casey Beaumont

Clear instruction, straight to the point, no wasting time.

Leonardo Viola

 

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