Registrants must have completed at least one ROA1 course in a previous year. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with proof in order to register.
Total Credits: 24 including 24 AOA Category 1-A
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Note: Content is subject to change as the ROA Faculty is providing more details. Category A-1 CME credit approval is pending - faculty exemption request has been submitted.
The aim of this course is to apply the principles and practice of Dr. A.T. Still based on a study of Dr. Still’s published works and utilizing the palpatory skills developed whilst following Dr. Sutherland’s Teachings within the Science of Osteopathy. Consideration is given to some newly described anatomy associated with the control of cerebral circulation. The course then reviews some of the functional relationships between the heart and other organs. The course will have a clinical orientation, based on the material presented and the skills developed in ROA 1, and will expand to consider the place of emotion in dysfunction, an approach in the treatment of mother and baby, and hypertension. The course will finish with a new perspective of the CV4 and the many rhythms of life.
“Thus we find the heart to be the mother of all…” Dr. Andrew Taylor Still
1. The Biotensegrity of the Vasculature will explore how vascular fulcra integrate Dr. Sutherland’s model of the PRM with Dr. Still’s principle of the rule of the artery and vein. The functions of the PRM are expressed through vascular tensions with the heart as a biophysical and biomechanical fulcrum.
2. Invisible Rainbows : Charge and Function – how Electro-Magnetic Fields are affecting health: Dr Still spoke of the body’s electrical function as an integral component of its nature. We are living in an increasingly charged environment and some are not coping too well. This lecture introduces 2 models to possibly explain why. The practical explores the implication of excess EMF on our physiology.
3. The vascular interface with the Cerebrospinal fluid; CSF flow dynamics; CSF peptides and cerebral tone.
4. The periosteal membrane will be presented as a continuous functional membrane which resolves the tensions between voluntary and involuntary movements. This will include the fluctuation and function of bone fluid in relation to the physiology and function of bone marrow and the stem cell niche.
5. The spirals of Life lecture developed from an interest in the Fibonacci sequence. It proposes a model of membranous connection between the RTM and the architecture of the heart. This relationship is explored in the practical.
6. Heart as Emperor : Understanding and exploring Ventricular vortex mechanics. This will include blood cavitation and blood volume, and the role of the heart’s trabecular complexes and Thebsian veins in the development of the heart’s code.
7. Kidney and Adrenals: this lecture is an overview of the multiple functions of the kidney and adrenal, and their relationship to the heart and vasculature. This relationship is developed in the practical sessions and will explore the functional dynamics associated with the increasing depth of the vasculature into the glands.
8. The function, anatomy and physiology of the midbrain and cavernous sinus will be investigated in relation to neurodegenerative disorders and brain trauma. 9. The integration of the heart and brain in cognitive function.
Andrew Taylor Still, MD, DO, the founder of Osteopathy, made the pronouncement,
“The rule of the artery is universal.” His student, William Garner Sutherland, DO said, “The rule of the artery is supreme; the CSF is in command.” This course, developed by osteopaths in Australia and New Zealand, seeks to teach these principles and the requisite skills for Osteopaths to evince these truths using osteopathic palpatory diagnosis and treatment. The student of this course will learn:
Upon completion of this course, the participant will learn:
1. How to palpate the flow of blood in the heart and arteries.
2. The quality of spiral flow and turbulent flow.
3. The embryology and anatomy of the cardiovascular system.
4. The routes of venous return and the quality of that palpated blood flow.
5. The anatomy of the lymphatics and palpating that flow.
6. The anatomy of the heart, lungs and mediastinum.
7. How the heart is a generator, the brain a battery, and the autonomic nervous system the intermediary.
8. How the functions of primary respiratory mechanism are expressed through vascular tensions with the heart as a biophysical and biomechanical fulcrum.
9. Two models explaining how Electro-magnetic fields could be affecting health and palpating those effects in the body.
10. The vascular interface with the cerebrospinal fluid, including its effects on CSF flow dynamics, CSF peptides and cerebral tone, and palpating those effects.
11. How the periosteum functions as a continuous functional membrane which resolves the tensions between voluntary and involuntary movements, and palpating this effect.
12. A model of the membranous connection between the reciprocal tension membrane and the architecture of the heart.
13. Cardiac ventricular vortex mechanics and the role of physics of the blood fluid and anatomic structures of the heart.
14. The relationship of the heart to the functions of the kidneys and adrenals and palpatory findings of that functional dynamic.
15. The functional anatomy and physiology of the midbrain and cavernous sinus, and its relation to neurodegenerative disorders and brain trauma.
16. The integration of the heart and brain in cognitive function.
Medical physicians (DO or MD only).
Osteopathic Center San Diego
3706 Ruffin Road, San Diego, CA 92123
** if there are more than 30 registrants, the location will be moved to the Hilton (below)
Hilton Garden Inn San Diego Mission Valley Stadium
3805 Murphy Canyon Road, San Diego, CA 92123 (1/2 mile from OCSD)
** NOTE ** Group Room Rates and Booking information and links will be added closer to the date.
Maxwell Fraval LL.B., D.O., M.O.Sc.(Paed) received his undergraduate osteopathic degree in England in 1978 and his masters level degree in pediatric osteopathy in Australia in 1998. He has extensive additional training through post-graduate courses taken in Europe, Australia, and the US. He has been involved in osteopathic teaching throughout his career and in Australia he has been instrumental in the development of several teaching programs and helped found two teaching foundations.
In 2012 he established the Australian Research College of Osteopathic Medicine, Ltd. This is a non-profit public company with the mission of promoting and carrying out educational and research activities. Mr. Fraval has several published papers in osteopathic journals and has contributed chapters for two osteopathic textbooks.
Dr. Fraval is a leading scholar in osteopathic manipulative medicine in general and osteopathy in the cranial field in particular. He, along with his colleagues in Australia and New Zealand, has developed a unique and innovative understanding in his application of osteopathy. He will be sharing this osteopathic knowledge and skills with US physicians who will benefit by being able to incorporate these approaches into their own clinical practices for the benefit of their patients. In addition, many of the US physicians attending the course are themselves teachers in post-graduate education and several of them are faculty at various US colleges of osteopathic medicine. And so there will be significant opportunities for exchange between Dr. Fraval and US faculty from around the country. Another task for Dr. Fraval is to begin to develop a select group of physicians here in the US that can become specialized in this approach and continue a high level of teaching in this subject.
Michael Solano B.Sc, Dip.Ed, BAppSc (Osteo) received his osteopathic degree in 1992 in Australia. He has extensive additional training through post-graduate courses taken in Australia and the US. He has been very actively involved in post-graduate osteopathic teaching since 2009, including in a number of European countries. He is associated with and teaches for the Australian Research College of Osteopathic Medicine, Ltd. Particular areas of expertise in his teaching are anatomy and embryology. Mr. Solano was an editor of the Australian Osteopathic Journal for five years.
Mr. Solano was a lecturer of the OCF Fundamentals for the Osteopathic Summer & Winter Schools. During the same time, he has been teaching the ROA I and 2 courses in Australia, Europe and the USA. Dr. Solano has experience with organizing and lecturing multiple courses, please find a list of these courses in his CV. Mr. Solano is a leading scholar in osteopathic manipulative medicine in general and osteopathy in the cranial field in particular. He, along with his colleagues in Australia and New Zealand, has developed a unique and innovative understanding in his application of osteopathy. He will be sharing this osteopathic knowledge and skills with US physicians who will benefit by being able to incorporate these approaches into their own clinical practices for the benefit of their patients. In addition, many of the US physicians attending the course are themselves teachers in post-graduate education and several of them are faculty at various US colleges of osteopathic medicine. And so there will be significant opportunities for exchange between Dr. Solano and US faculty from around the country. Another task for Dr. Solano is to begin to develop a select group of physicians here in the US that can become specialized in this approach and continue a high level of teaching in this subject.
Medical physicians (DO or MD only).
HILTON GARDEN INN San Diego Mission Valley/Stadium
3805 Murphy Canyon Road, San Diego, CA 92123
Block of rooms will be reserved for this course at a rate to be determined.
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** The requirements and guidelines below are applicable to the healthcare facility of the Osteopathic Center San Diego. If there are more than 30 registrants, the course location will move to the nearby Hilton Garden Inn and new requirements and guidelines will be posted. Also, if there are any changes required by CDC, public health and other relevant guidelines, we will update these protocols here on our registration site.
Osteopathy’s Promise to Children is committed to taking care of Osteopathic Center San Diego patients, staff and learners. We are closely monitoring COVID-19 prevalence and may adjust live course attendance limits as necessitated by CDC, public health and other relevant guidelines.
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