the Endo Enigma

A whole person perspective

Presented By

Sarah Dryburgh
Rebecca Malon
Osteopath and Clinical Nutritionist


November 17, 2024 from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm

Suited To

Osteopaths , Physiotherapists , Myotherapists , Chiropractors

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

  • Learn the language to describe what endo is and isn’t, and the latest understanding of what causes it
  • Understand the physiology of the pain generating mechanisms associated with endo
  • Discover a clinical framework for the individualised assessment and treatment of your patients with suspected or diagnosed endometriosis
  • Review the relevant, unique osteopathic treatment models for pain, lymphatics and central/peripheral sensitisation and understand how osteopathy can fit into an endo management tool-kit
  • Learn myofascial, lymphatic and visceral techniques that help people with endometriosis
  • Learn to apply external approaches to pelvic floor release and external manual techniques for pelvic pain with informed consent in your practice
  • Learn to become a confident, communicating member of an interdisciplinary team managing people with endometriosis
  • Discover how lifestyle changes such as diet and breathing exercises can help with symptomatic endo
  • Learn how to support your endo patients both pre- and post-surgically

Exploring Visceral Fascia

Attendees can choose to register for Liz Howard's Exploring Visceral Fascia course which is running on same weekend to recieve 10% off both. Select the Visceral + Endo ticket option.

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 Presenters

Rebecca Malon and Sarah Dryburgh are both passionate about treating endometriosis and pelvic pain. They believe in taking a research-informed approach to enhance traditional osteopathic principles to provide the best osteopathic care.

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.

Sarah Dryburgh has treated hundreds of people with endometriosis and pelvic pain since completing her Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Biology) and Master of Osteopathy with honours in 2011. She curently practices at Pivot Osteopathy in Brisbane

She has also completed additional studies in breathing through the BradCliff Method, women's health issues (particularly around chronic pelvic pain), pudendal neuralgia, endometriosis and extensive additional training in the neurobiology of pain, which is useful for many conditions. She also has a fellowship in Lifestyle Medicine through the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine.

Sarah has been a frequent guest presenter on various women’s health panels, she was the osteopathic representative for the Future Health Leaders Forum and also created and ran a Women’s Health Symposium in Brisbane 2019.

See Sarah’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!


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