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CPD courses and conferences

The BSO is committed to reflective, lifelong learning and has provided continuing professional development (CPD) courses for many years.

Osteopaths must complete 30 hours of CPD each calendar year and 15 of those hours must be "with others". Our courses are designed to make this easy for you and to help you meet the Osteopathic Practice Standards put in place by the GOsC.

The easiest way to keep up with our programme of courses is via our mailing list (we will never share your details with any other organisation).

Upcoming Courses

Advanced Spinal Manipulation - 1 April 2017

Run by osteopaths Dr David Evans and Neil Wayman, this collaborative course brings together the theoretical and practical aspects of spinal manipulation in a session that will be of interest to all osteopaths. David has authored several publications about spinal manipulation and back pain, and Neil is an experienced Technique Tutor at the BSO.

The course looks at the effects and processes of manipulation in detail, providing better information for practitioners to inform decisions about when manipulation is indicated or not. It is aimed at proficient manipulators who want to better understand techniques that they already use and to add more advanced techniques to their current repertoire.

Recent delegate feedback:

"Clear demonstrations and one-on-one assistance."

"Professional and interesting"

"Balance of practical and theory. [Trainers'] knowledge very good."

Course Leaders: Dr David Evans and Neil Wayman
Date: Saturday 1 April 2017
Cost: £135
CPD: 7 hours

To book call 020 7089 5333 and speak to Jacqueline or register via Eventbrite

Osteopathic Refresher - 27 and 28 May 2017

This course offers osteopaths a range of ‘refresher’ sessions designed to update existing osteopathic knowledge on key issues and explore different aspects of osteopathic practice.

The weekend has been designed to support the new Osteopathic Practice Standards (A, B, C & D) and to offer practical advice and information that can be immediately helpful in your clinical practice. The sessions will enable you to participate in 14 hours of CPD with others, allowing for peer support, discussion and evaluation of new and established ideas.

Upon completion, all delegates will receive certificates.

Invited speakers represent a wide range of experience and expertise.

Topics and speakers are as follows:

Physical Wellbeing - Nadia Vawda

Fundamentals of Cell Biology Underpinning Disc Degeneration - Christine Le Maitre

Golfers’ Injuries - Andy Nicholettos

Reflective Practice - Dr Cindy McIntyre

Functional Biomechanics for the Cervical Spine: An Exercise-Based Osteopathic Approach - Francesco Contiero

Osteopathic Management of Older Adults - Shireen Ismail

Where is the Evidence? Dr Mike Ford

Course Leader: Various
Date: Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th January 2017
Cost: £220 (weekend ticket)
CPD: 14 hours

To book call 020 7089 5333 and speak to Jacqueline, or visit Eventbrite.

Ergonomics for Manual Therapists - 9 June 2017

Ergonomics is a huge part of health and wellbeing; many of your patients are likely to be experiencing pain influenced by the set-up of their workstations. This course is an ideal introduction to ergonomics, linking to applications which can be put into practice by all manual therapists. The workshop is hugely popular and always sells out.

Learning outcomes:

  • Ability to evaluate patients in relation to computer workstations and manual handling

  • Ability to train patients in ergonomics so that they are more aware of how to prevent injury

  • Gain knowledge and skills to support your patients with injuries or problems influenced by their workplace environment

Who is the course suitable for?
This course is ideal for all manual therapists including osteopaths, chiropractors and physiotherapists.

Who is the course leader?
David Annett is a practicing osteopath and freelance ergonomics consultant. His degree in ergonomics coupled with over 15 years’ experience in this discipline mean he is ideally placed for advising manual therapists in this area.

Are there opportunities to learn more about this area?
After completing this course, you are eligible to attend the Advanced Ergonomics course, which is also run by David Annett.

Course Leader: David Annett
Date: Friday 9 June 2017
Cost: £135
CPD: 7 hours

To book call 020 7089 5333 and speak to Jacqueline, or visit Eventbrite.

Functional Active Release (FAR) - 9 June 2017

Functional Active Release (FAR) is practioner applied focal inhibition combined with patient-controlled multi-lanar active movements. This approach produces deep and lasting changes in function, helping to reduce the chances of injury and improving sports performance by quickly and effectively releasing deep postural stiffness.

Key applications:

  • Hip girdle & gait disruption
  • Fracture recovery after joint replacement (hip/knee)
  • Kypho-Lordotic chronic postural stiffness
  • Shoulder girdle – dysfunction
  • Whiplash – post-trauma stiffness
  • Scalene syndrome & thoracic outlet conditions
  • Ilio-psoas dysfunction

How can this approach benefit the practioner?
FAR can reduce the stress on your body by combining the best concepts of other myo-facial treatment techniques. The patient is fully involved in the treatment process so that you can get better results by working cooperatively, and it's easy to monitor changes in the patient to measure the effectiveness of the approach.

Who is running the course?
Robin Lansman teaches students about his approach to Osteopathic Rehabilitation & Sports Injury Management at the British School of Osteopathy and across Europe. He has also been on-hand at many London Marathons to help runners of Spinal Injuries Association (SIA) & Alzheimer's Charities and is a qualified osteopath.

What have previous delegates said about the course? 
"Immediately applicable principles and techniques"
"Have already found improvements in deleagtes on whom I have practiced"
"I think this will really help clear up chronic cases that have not responded well to treatment"
"Very engaging, easy to understand and to practice"
"This was completely new to me" 

Course Leader: Robin Lansman
Date: Friday 9 June 2017
Cost: £135
CPD: 7 hours per day

To book call 020 7089 5333 and speak to Jacqueline, or visit Eventbrite.

Writing for Publication - 10 June 2017

In this brand new workshop presented by Steve Vogel (Editor in Chief, International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine) and Sarah Davies (Senior Publisher, Elsevier), you will learn how to write and submit impactful articles for publication, and how to review the work of others.

Writing for publication and reviewing scholarly articles can enable us to:

  • Communicate the findings of research and contribute to the wider body of knowledge of osteopathy and osteopathic medicine, leading to positive outcomes and change in practice.
  • Share new developments and innovative practice and create synergies with others.
  • Create debate and discussion to ensure ongoing critical review of established practice and to extend personal and professional skills in disseminating knowledge and expertise It also can stimulate new collaborations with others.

Workshop content

The workshop will be broken down into three key elements:

  • Writing for Publication - pick up skills and tips for planning ,writing and submitting articles to academic peer-reviewed journals.

  • Reviewing for Journals – discover what editors and peer reviewers are looking for when they evaluate submitted articles submitted for publication, and what skills you may need to become a reviewer.

  • Publishing for Impact - explore what “impact“ means. Discover new tools and techniques for measuring 'impact', and how to evaluate the impact of published articles.

What will you learn?

At the conclusion of this workshop, participants should be able to:

  • Define why writing for publication is an essential activity for osteopathic educators, students and osteopaths.
  • Map out the basis of an article for publication.
  • Define why peer review is an essential part of scholarly publication and how it can be an integral part of ongoing continuing professional development.
  • Set a goal and timescale for submitting an article for publication or for establishing a network for critiquing published literary.

Course Leader:
Steven Vogel and Sarah Davies
Date: Saturday 10 June 2017
Cost: £25
CPD: 7 hours

To book call 020 7089 5333 and speak to Jacqueline, or visit Eventbrite.

Still Technique Part 1: Introduction to Still Technique - Sunday 23 April 2017

Still Technique is described as the “application of the rediscovered techniques of Andrew Taylor Still”, and is a system of osteopathic diagnosis and treatment from the USA which aspires to recreate the manipulations of the ‘Old Doctor’.

A cross between structural and functional techniques, it is an alternative or supplement to HVT techniques, when such approaches are inappropriate or ineffective. It is also applicable to every area of the body and suitable for a wide range of patients.

This 7 hour CPD workshop will introduce the theory and practice of Still Technique, and will focus on the lumbar spine, pelvis and 1st rib.

What will the course include?

  • Introduction to the Still Technique
  • Basic concepts and theory
  • Demonstration
  • Practical: the elbow joint complex
  • Practical: Rib 1 techniques
  • Practical: Lumbar Spine techniques
  • Practical: Pelvis techniques
  • Q & A session

Recent delegate feedback

“Pleasant, relaxed and informative, I learned new, applicable and effective techniques”

About the course leaders

The course is run by Glynn Booker and Jonathan Edis who both learned Still Technique at the German Osteopathic College (DOK) 2004 European Symposium of Osteopathy and have used it extensively in their everyday clinical practice.

Course Leaders:
 Glynn Booker and Jonathan Edis
Date: Friday 23 June 2017
Cost: £135
CPD: 7 hours 

To book call 020 7089 5333 and speak to Jacqueline, or visit Eventbrite 

Still Technique Part 2 - Sunday 28 May 2017

This 7 hour CPD workshop builds on the Still Technique Part 1: Introduction to Still Technique workshop. Still Technique Part 2 provides an opportunity to revise, practice and refine the techniques introduced in Part 1, and will explore the application of Still Technique to the ribs, the thoracic and cervical spines, and the upper and lower extremities. It will also look at its applied role in the external treatment of the coccyx.

Completion of Still Technique Part 1: Introduction to Still Technique is a requirement to undertake Part 2

About the course leaders

The course is run by Glynn Booker and Jonathan Edis who both learned Still Technique at the German Osteopathic College (DOK) 2004 European Symposium of Osteopathy and have used it extensively in their everyday clinical practice.

Course Leaders:
 Glynn Booker and Jonathan Edis
Date: Friday 23 June 2017
Cost: £135
CPD: 7 hours 

To book call 020 7089 5333 and speak to Jacqueline, or visit Eventbrite 

Neuro and Intracranial Anatomy and Pathology - Friday 23 June 2017

A day spent in multiple learning landscapes, including a dissection room, to enforce and enhance knowledge of intracranial anatomy and selected pathology.

What will the day include?

  • A lecture (at the teaching centre) that will lay the foundation for the rest of the day's learning.
  • An afternoon visit to a dissecting room to view and discuss normal anatomy on cadavers.
  • An opportunity to spend time examining potted real pathology and discussing the presentation and case histories of each example.

About the Course Leader

Dr. Parry is a medically qualified clinical anatomist and neuroscientist. He has over 20 years international experience of lecturing, examining and course development across a range of medical science disciplines, in a number of leading institutions. He is research active and committed to providing the best training available. Dr. Parry gained his medical and science degrees from King’s College London.

Course Leader: David Parry
Date: Friday 23 June 2017
Cost: £205
CPD: 7 hours 

To book call 020 7089 5333 and speak to Jacqueline, or visit Eventbrite 

Clinical Methods DCP - 1 July 2017

This course is an opportunity for people to revise and practice the systems testing procedures which all osteopaths learn. Since these procedures are seldom needed in ordinary day to day practice, you may find you've become a little "rusty".

There will be an opportunity to cover the theory involved in Abdominal, Lymphatic, Cardiovascular and Respiratory systems examinations and to practice each exam. We will also aim to cover both Sensory and Motor Neurological examinations and also consider Cranial Nerve exams. The amount of time we spend on any topic will depend on the needs of the course delegates, the course leader will be happy to tailor the sessions to the wishes of the group. Delegates should be advised to bring appropriate clothing for the practical elements, and also to bring their Clinical methods equipment, i.e. Stethoscope, Sphygmomanometer, Penlight, Tuning forks (128 and 512 Hz), Neuro testing pins etc.

Delegates should be advised to bring appropriate clothing for the practical elements and to also bring their Clinical methods equipment, i.e. Stethoscope, Sphygmomanometer, Penlight, Tuning forks (128 and 512 Hz), Neuro testing pins etc.

Course leader, Trevor Jefferies (Expert Osteopath, GOsC ACP Assessor) has taught this material on the BSO's undergraduate and postgraduate courses for a number of years as well as being a Clinic Team Leader and running a demonstration clinic.

Course Leader: Trevor Jefferies
Date: Saturday 1st July 2017
Cost: £135
CPD: 7 hours

To book call 020 7089 5333 and speak to Jacqueline or visit Eventbrite.

Visceral Osteopathy - 1 & 2 July 2017

This two day course will cover a range of viceral techniques including palpation of the abdomen and the ligamentous structures, assessment and mobilisation of the diaphragm, liver, stomach, duodenum, small intestine, colon and mobilization of abdominal transitional zones or "sphincters".

Attendees will develop a high level of integration and knowledge, learn to refine and critically appraise their experiences of osteopathic approaches, and explore a range of visceral osteopathic management methods.

Key outcomes

By the end of the course attendees should be able to:

  • Perform competently a variety of osteopathic techniques and be able to design adaptations that are appropriate to the patient’s need and justified by knowledge of the relevant principles
  • Demonstrate an integrated knowledge of human biomechanics and how dysfunction in one area may lead to altered function elsewhere in the body
  • Integrate current models of healthcare in order to reach diagnosis and an effective management program for the patient
  • Reflect on the relevance and nature of osteopathic intervention possibilities within a wide variety of clinical presentations
  • Evaluate the patient-practitioner relationship and the importance of the responsibilities implicit in the relationship.

About the tutors

Valéria Ferreira, DO, MS

Valéria was born in Brazil and has been a resident in London for the past 28 years. She is an enthusiastic and committed lecturer and practicing osteopath. Valéria completed an MSc in Osteopathy (2006) at the European School of Osteopathy (ESO), where she conducted a research project investigating the effectiveness of osteopathic treatment on patients with endometriosis. She continually upgrades her training and knowledge by attending regular workshops in advanced osteopathic techniques and anatomy/dissection sessions. Valéria is a higher education teacher, who teaches at the British School of Osteopathy (BSO). She also delivers various CPD courses in osteopathic integration in the UK, Europe and in Brazil, exploring the application of the structural, fascial, visceral and cranial approaches and techniques. She runs a very successful practice in the City of London, where she has worked for the last 22 years.

Dr Ioná Bramati-Castellarin Ph.D, B.Sc.(Hons) Ost Med D.O, N.D.

Dr Bramati graduated from the British College of Osteopathic Medicine (BCOM) in 2001 and for the past 16 years has been practicing in London at IBCcare. She is the only known specialist with a doctorate on clinical osteopathy in autistic children suffering from gastrointestinal dysfunction. Dr Bramati was awarded a PhD by the University of Westminster and recently published her research on the effects of visceral osteopathy in autistic children. Dr Bramati’s research project was approved for collaboration with King’s College Hospital, London; endorsed by the National Autistic Society; and sponsored by BCOM via a grant from the British Naturopathic and Osteopathic Association. Dr Bramati is committed to helping improve the quality of life and wellbeing of children on the spectrum using a non-invasive form of therapy – visceral osteopathy.

After graduating from BCOM in London, Dr Bramati attended numerous post-graduate courses in visceral, cranial, and structural osteopathy. She is a former BCOM Clinic Tutor and Paediatric Lecturer, worked at the Osteopathic Centre for Children - London and used to be on call at St John and St Elizabeth’s Birth Unit, treating new-born babies and mothers post-labour.

She is an international speaker at a variety of osteopathic conferences and recently was awarded the Elsevier/International Conference on Advances in Osteopathic Research New Researcher Prize – ICAOR 10 for her research in treating autistic children with visceral osteopathic techniques.

Selected publications:

  • Bramati-Castellarin I, I. et al (2016). Repeat-measures longitudinal study evaluating behavioural and gastrointestinal symptoms in children with autism before, during and after visceral osteopathic treatment (VOT). Journal of Bodywork & Movement Therapies. In Press January 2016.
  • Bramati-Castellarin I (2013). Evaluation of behavioural and gastrointestinal symptoms in autistic children after visceral osteopathic treatment. International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine, 16, e13-e14.
  • Bramati-Castellarin I (2010). Effect of osteopathic treatment on the gastrointestinal system function of autistic children. International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine, Volume 13, Issue 3, September 2010, Page 120.

Course Leader: Valéria Ferreira and Dr Ioná Bramati-Castellarin
Date: Saturday 1 7 Sunday 2 July 2017
Cost: £270
CPD: 14 hours

To book call 020 7089 5333 and speak to Jacqueline or visit Eventbrite.

Pain and Pathophysiology - 1 July 2017

A new, one-day intensive course exploring the modern concepts of persistent pain led by pain experts Hubert van Griensven and Daniel Orchard. 


Traditionally, osteopathic treatment has been directed the somatic tissues in order to treat a patient’s pain. This is appropriate when their pain can be attributed to tissue damage and inflammation, but when pain persists a wider range of factors comes into play. Functional changes in the central nervous system can amplify sensory information, leading to enhanced pain perception and pain from unaffected areas of the body. The patient will also adjust psychologically and behaviourally. Their adjustments may be adaptive, but it is also possible that they become part of the problem. In the longer term, patients may develop a complex presentation of psychological, social, neural and physical dysfunction, a presentation for which somatic treatment can be ineffective or even counterproductive.

What this means for clinical practice

In any clinical setting it is important for the clinician to identify factors that can be addressed for the patient’s benefit. In patients with persistent pain, these factors include sensitization of the nervous system, as well as psychological and social aspects. Standard orthopaedic and neurological tests are still relevant, but they are given a place within a wider context. Depending on the findings, treatment may include addressing unhelpful pain beliefs, promoting understanding and providing coping strategies. Manual techniques may be used to aid function and normalize function of the sensory nervous system. Appropriate forms of exercise are also important in this approach to psychologically informed rehabilitation.

What will this course cover?

  • changes to the function of the nervous system when pain persists
  • psychological and social factors and the role they can play in persistent pain
  • building these factors into history taking and physical assessment of the patient
  • approaches to the treatment and management of persistent pain
  • case-based discussions

Please note there will be a reading list which you will be required to complete prior to the course starting. This will help all delegates to be on the same level upon starting the course.

About the course leaders

Hubert van Griensven is a qualified Physiotherapist and a Senior Lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire, where he leads an MSc module in Pain. Hubert has also completed an MSc in Pain from King’s College London and has written various papers in Pain. Hubert has published a textbook on Pain Physiology in Manual Therapy Practice and a further textbook on Pain with contributions from experts around the world. Hubert also holds a PhD from the University of Brighton.

Daniel Orchard is a qualified Osteopath and teaches NMS and Pain Science at the BSO. Daniel also holds an MSC in Pain from King’s College London and presented his dissertation on the Lived Experience of Headaches at the Paris OSEAN conference in 2012. Daniel regularly undertakes peer review on the subject of pain and lectures internationally on pain to healthcare practitioners.

Course Leader: Hubert van Griensven & Daniel Orchard
Date: Saturday 1 July 2017
Cost: £135
CPD: 7 hours

To book call 020 7089 5333 and speak to Jacqueline, or visit Eventbrite.

Paediatric Osteopathy 1 & 2 - 8 and 9 July 2017

Working with babies and children is an increasing part of osteopathic clinical work. This course will give a firm grounding in eliciting a thorough case history, relevant examination and evaluation. This will give delegates confidence in their diagnosis and management plans for infants up to 5 years old. The course will include red flags and examination procedures.

The emphasis will be on a thorough understanding of factors leading to common infant presentations. There will be case-based discussions about treatment approaches rather than practical training in specific techniques.

Delegates will ideally have been in osteopathic practice for at least a year and have some experience of working with infants.

This course is delivered by Andrea Rippe. Andrea gained her MSc Paediatric Osteopathy in 2007 and has been tutoring in the BSO paediatric clinics since then.

Day one (8 July) will cover osteopathic care of babies from birth to one year
Day two (9 July) will cover osteopathic care of children from two to five years.

Book now to attend one or both days of the course using the links below. Please note that when booking tickets for the full weekend via Eventbrite, you must book each day separately.

What have previous delegates said about the course?
"Excellent, excellent, excellent!"
"Andrea was excellent, the handouts were amazing and comprehensive - all in all, a great weekend!"
"A really engaging course" 

Course Leader: Andrea Rippe
Date: Saturday 8 & Sunday 9 July 2017
Cost: £135 per day
CPD: 7 hours per day


(please remember to state which day or days you wish to attend).

To book call 020 7089 5333 and speak to Jacqueline or register via Eventbrite:

Register for Paediatric Osteopathy 1 via Eventbrite

Register for Paediatric Osteopathy 2 via Eventbrite


Cervical Spine Risk Assessment and Consent for Manual Therapists - 15 July 2017

This course will address practitioners’ concerns about treating the neck in the context of evaluating risk and receiving consent. Steven Vogel provides a brief introduction to the course below:

There has been much recent debate about the association between manual therapy and adverse events relating to stroke and cervical artery dysfunction. This one day masterclass draws content from recent evidence and provides tools to practitioners to enhance clinical reasoning in triaging their patients and making informed decisions with their patients about whether manual treatment is appropriate. Presentations and case based practical work will enable participants to evaluate their current knowledge, identify their learning needs and provide current knowledge and skills based training to enhance practice. Relevant theory, epidemiology, pathophysiology and clinical research will be used to give participants up to date knowledge and will be applied in the context of clinical reasoning. Consent related matters in this area will be reviewed and shared as well as the opportunity to practise relevant clinical methods.

The course will focus on giving delegates practical experience and skills that they can apply in their clinical work.

Learning outcomes:

  • Understand the pathophysiology and epidemiology of cervical artery dysfunction
  • Clarify the relationship between manual therapy technique and risk when evaluating and treating the neck
  • Identify risk factors for cervical artery dysfunction
  • Gain experience of clinical reasoning and shared clinical decision making with patients
  • Enhance and apply clinical methods in the examination of neck and head pain presentations

This course is suitable for chiropractors, osteopaths, and physiotherapists.

Who is teaching the course?

Roger Kerry 

Associate Professor/Director of Postgraduate Education, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, University of Nottingham

Roger is an experienced physiotherapist and academic with longstanding research and education interests in haemodynamics and manual therapy. He has published widely on clinical reasoning and risk related to cervical artery dysfunction. Roger is a member of the International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Physical Therapist working group for the International Framework for Examination of the Cervical Region for potential of Cervical Arterial Dysfunction prior to Orthopaedic Manual Therapy Intervention 2007-2017.

Selected publications

Steven Vogel 

Vice Principal (Research), The British School of Osteopathy. Editor-in-Chief, The International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine

Most of Steven’s working time is spent on research and education at the British School of Osteopathy. He held a clinical post as an osteopath in an NHS primary care setting for many years. His recent research has focused on reassurance, communication and consent, and safety in manual therapy. He was the lead researcher in the largest UK study investigating patient and osteopath’s experience of risk management and adverse events and consent. Steven has published widely and been involved in the development of NICE’s clinical guidelines for low back pain and sciatica.

Selected publications

  • Vaughan B, Moran R, Tehan P, Fryer G, Holmes M, Vogel S, et al. (2016) Manual therapy and cervical artery dysfunction: Identification of potential risk factors in clinical encounters. Int J Osteopath Med . Doi: 10.1016/j.ijosm.2016.01.007.
  • Holt N, Pincus T, Vogel S. (2015) Reassurance during low back pain consultations with GPs: a qualitative study. Br J Gen Pract ;65(639):e692–701. Doi: 10.3399/bjgp15X686953.
  • Pincus, T. Holt, N. Vogel, S. Underwood, M. Savage, R. Walsh, D. A. & Taylor, S. J. C. (2013) Cognitive and affective reassurance and patient outcomes in primary care: A systematic review ',  Pain.154; 2407-2416.
  • Vogel, S. (2012) Consent and information exchange – A burden or opportunity? International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine 15; 3: 83-85.
  • Daniels, G. and Vogel, S. (2012) Consent in osteopathy: A cross sectional survey of patients' information and process preferences. International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine 15; 3: 92-102.
  • Vogel, S. (2010) Adverse events and treatment reactions in osteopathy. International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine 13; 3: 83-84.

Course Leader: Roger Kerry & Steven Vogel
Date:  Sunday 15 July 2017
Cost: £135
CPD: 7 hours

To book call 020 7089 5333 and speak to Jacqueline, or visit Eventbrite

Osteopathic Functional Technique - 15 and 16 July 2017

Developed by Dr Hoover and Dr Bowles in the US in the 1940s, functional technique is one of the gentlest of osteopathic techniques for restoring function and easing pain. This 'unwinding' technique can be used widely in practice, not only as a stand-alone soft tissue technique but in conjunction with structural, visceral, cranial and myofascial techniques to enhance tissue function and encourage motion.

This workshop, led by Dr Stephen Sandler, will provide a thorough introduction to functional technique and how to identify and work with 'ease' and 'bind' in response to motion demand.

What you will learn

  • To use palpation and motion to identify positions that increase and decrease the sense of tension at the palpating joint.
  • To use your whole boy as a palpating tool by understanding where you proprioception is coming from.
  • Experience of gentle tissue release under your palpating hand
  • To identify barriers of resistance to motion in various fields
  • To use a sublimation of practical skills to improve technique

About the course leader

Dr Stephen Sandler PhD DO graduated from the BSO in 1975. He has been involved in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching for more than 40 years and has taught and examined in more than 22 countries worldwide. He was a founder of The Expectant Mothers Clinic at the school in 1980 and has a private practice in Chingford in East London and practices as a Consultant Osteopath at The Portland Hospital in central London. His approach to practice is very eclectic in that he does not see himself as a visceral or structural osteopath but as someone who uses the most appropriate techniques available according to the demand of the patient concerned. Functional technique comes into his treatment approach every day helping him treat the widest possible number of acute, semi acute and chronic patients allowing them to approach a better state of health.

Published reading:

  • Osteopathy and Obstetrics, Anshan Publishing, 2012
  • Report on a survey to look into the incidence of acute musculo skeletal pain and the phases of the menstrual cycle, BOJ (New Series), Vol. XXI, 1998, pp. 7-8.
  • The management of low back pain in pregnancy. Man Ther. 1996 Sep;1(4):178-185. Sandler SE

Course Leader:
Dr Stephen Sandler
Date: Saturday 15 7 Sunday 16 July 2017
Cost: £300
CPD: 14 hours

To book call 020 7089 5333 and speak to Jacqueline, or visit Eventbrite.



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Full course fees must be paid by 30 days before the commencement of the course. Payment can be made in the following ways:

  • by cheque, made payable to the British School of Osteopathy
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  • over the phone by debit or credit card to our CPD and Events Officer on +44 (0)20 7089 5333

The BSO regrets that no refunds can be made for cancelled places unless a substitute participant can be found.  The BSO cannot guarantee that any course will run.  In the event of your course being cancelled, all paid fees and deposits will be refunded in full.


All BSO alumni and students receive 10% off our courses and conferences. BSO 500 Club Members receive 20% off course fees. Members of staff and Clinic Associates can attend any course with available spaces on the day without charge, but otherwise can also benefit from the 20% discount.