Osteopathic Modalities & Treatment

Learn most effective osteopathic techniques to enhance your skill-set

Tuition Fee
US $399.00

Osteopathic Modalities & Treatment

Learn most effective osteopathic techniques to enhance your skill-set

Tuition Fee
US $399.00

Course Overview

Osteopathic Modalities and Treatment (OMT) is one of the nine curriculum courses of the  Diploma in Osteopathic Manual Practice program. The OMT course strongly appeals to practicing health professionals (i.e. massage therapists, physiotherapists and chiropractors) interested in learning osteopathic techniques. The study offers a comprehensive overview of the most effective techniques used by manual osteopaths. An emphasis is placed on the theoretical background behind each technique, as well as on its precise practical application. By the completion of this study, students will be able to perform regional osteopathic assessment based on specific complaints (i.e. shoulder, knee, hip, etc.) and address it with an appropriate osteopathic treatment. Upon successfully passing the course examination, students obtain a Certificate of Course Completion: Osteopathic Modalities & Treatment.


Lecture slides, video tutorials, handouts/readings


Online quizzes and assignments. Final exam. Passing Grade is 65%

Continuing Education:

Continuing Education Units (CEUs): 7.5
1 CE= 10 study hours
Completion of this course requires 75 hours


Estimated time of completion for this course is 75 hours.

Imparted as a series of nine lectures, students are provided with in-depth coverage of the theoretical and practical aspects of each technique. They learn how to take age-appropriate case histories and perform physical examinations, including postural assessments, joint movements and range of motion testing. The concepts of somatic dysfunction and restrictive barriers are explained through detailed graphics and videos. Students’ comprehension of the materials is reinforced with online quizzes taken at the end of each learning unit.

Both direct and indirect osteopathic approaches are taught. The distinction refers to the direction of the practitioner’s force in relation to a perceived somatic dysfunction or motion preference.

  • Soft tissue technique: categorized as direct, this technique integrates specific manual methods that target soft tissues of the musculoskeletal system in a rhythmic, pressure-alternating fashion. These include such methods as kneading, parallel traction, lateral and linear stretching and direct inhibitory pressure.
  • Muscle energy technique (MET): this direct technique utilizes precise and voluntary contract-relax response of  skeletal muscles around an affected joint. The aim of the technique is to improve local function.
  • Joint mobilization (Articulation): categorized as direct, the technique involves passive amplification of joint movement through the manipulation of a joint accessory movement. By influencing accessory movement, articulation improves voluntary gross motion.
  • Myofascial release: a direct technique incorporating stretching muscular and associated connective tissue (fascia). The technique involves the application of a low load, long duration stretch to the myofascial complex, intended to restore optimal length, decrease pain, and improve function.
  • Balanced ligamentous tension (BLT): this technique utilizes an indirect approach. It involves positioning of structures around a specific anatomical fulcrum to reach a position of ease and balance. Release of a restriction occurs in ligaments and interosseous membranes.
  • Facilitated positional release: this indirect  technique is performed through passive positioning and shortening of muscular and ligamentous structures to facilitate relaxation of neuromuscular reflexes and resting tonicity.
  • Techniques promoting Lymphatic Flow: a system of precise direct techniques described as stimulatory, stroking, oscillator, or vibratory. Thoracic Pump lymph drainage technique is a classical example that stimulates lymphatic flow. Exercises and techniques effecting muscle activity (e.g. direct pressure, stroking, effleurage) are taught.
  • Osteopathy in a Cranial field: classified as a combined technique, this course teaches gentle manipulations of cervical and occipital regions proved to be most effective in pain reduction in the sufferers of tension headaches and migraines.

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Course Reviews

Yoga teacher
This course is excellent. The videos explain everything clearly and there is plenty of time to absorb information because you learn at your own pace.
Yoga instructor
One of the most interesting courses I have done so far-- great asset to my massage practice.
M.T. Thériault
Pilates trainer
A well designed learning site which was easy to navigate and user friendly. The instructor was always there if I had questions.


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