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Making Palpation Work for You
Susanne F. Wallace, DO
This hands-on workshop focuses on how practitioners can maximize their palpation abilities. Palpation is not only a state of doing, but also a state of being. A delicate balance is necessary between what we feel (palpation) and what we notice that we feel (perception). Managing one’s mental state is crucial to optimizing one’s palpation outcomes. Drawing on biomechanical, functional, fluidic, and biodynamical approaches, Ms. Wallace explores how manual techniques were first based on theoretical principles and then applied in the clinical setting. But the learning of techniques does not necessarily allow one to meet the demands of patients, so rather than teaching techniques, Ms. Wallace outlines the principles of palpation. Throughout the workshop, participants will exchange their personal experiences to help each other understand how much our personal state of mind influences our palpation perception. Strategies for managing personal biases are discussed and put into practice. Because the workshop is principle-based, it is suitable for the inexperienced student to the experienced practitioner. Prerequisite: 2nd year or higher
Clinical Approaches to Assessment and Treatment for Persistent Concussion Symptoms
Laura Leslie, DO
Research has shown that proper management of concussions typically results in a favorable resolution of symptoms within two to four weeks. However, in as many as 15% of cases, the concussion takes longer to resolve due to its multidimensional complexity. Whether the patient presents with a concussion related to sports, work, a motor-vehicle accident, or some other cause, the assessment is the same. However, the osteopathic approach to treatment will vary for each individual. In this workshop, the participant will learn six main points: 1. the theoretical neurological cascade consequences of concussion and its symptomology; 2. the assessment strategies for concussions; 3. the osteopathic treatment strategies for concussions based on evaluation; 4. evidence-based assessments that go beyond osteopathic assessments; 5. treatment strategies that facilitate autoregulation and return to function; 6. home exercises to help the individual recondition physically, cognitively, and emotional/behaviorally.
Prerequisite: 5th year or higher
An Osteopathic View of the Lymphatic System
Brian Degenhardt, DO
The human body has a whole universe of life and activity within it. This view is key to the distinctive philosophy and practice of osteopathic clinicians, particularly regarding the tenet of the structure-function interrelationship. In this workshop, participants will learn about the key structures and functions of the lymphatic system as they relate to maintaining health and homeostasis. The workshop will progress through the intercellular and interstitial spaces of the body, following the lymph as it forms and passes through the various structures of the lymphatic system. Dr. Degenhardt will differentiate the various ways lymph moves through the body to provide a foundation for treatment of this system. Based on this information and a review of current research, a rational osteopathic treatment approach to the lymphatic system will be presented and practiced during the workshop. Participants will perform guided palpation exercises designed to advance their localization and assessment of the lymphatic system. Diagnostic processes to differentiate between dysfunctional and pathological conditions will also be presented.