Pre-congress courses

The courses will be held in parallel sessions on September 26th from 9am to 6pm.


Hands on Health

“Find the health should be the object of the doctor, anyone can find disease”, with this statement A.T. Still points out in which field the osteopathic treatment rationale should take place.
However do the Osteopaths, totally respect that recommendation?
Related to the most recent medical-biological knowledges, is it possible to define what is the Health?
The purpose of the meeting is a close examination of Health’s definition and how it could be a way in order to establish a diagnostic and therapeutic pathway.
In addition, since “Moviment is Life” (A.T. Still), in which way the moviment could be related to the rationale both in the osteopathic evaluation and in the osteopathic treatment.
To that purpose, palpatory exercises will be introduce about Permitted Motion and Present Motion.

Vincenzo Cozzolino

The fascial component in osteopathic practice

As a structural element of the body connective system, fascia can be considered as a ubiquitous tissue permeating the whole organism. It seems to respond to cellular and macroscopic lines of tension by reorganizing itself accordingly. From this perspective, the repercussion of a fascial restriction will be body-wide, and may potentially create stress on any structure enveloped by fascia itself. There exist different fascial mechanisms by which a somatic dysfunction may be induced and maintained at different levels. Yet osteopathic fascial treatment aims to release such tensions, to restore function and to balance the inherent body mechanisms, so to be often proposed as an adjunctive treatment for various conditions. However, a better understanding of the physiology and mechanism behind a techniques’ effectiveness, as well as a sound clinical evidence base is certainly needed to provide clarity with modalities of application. In fact, It is evident that various factors may interplay with myofascial function and its ability to respond to fascial treatment, such as plastic, viscoelastic and piezoelectric properties of connective tissue, together with various mechanical, neuromuscular, hydraulic, sympathetic and parasympathetic response. This workshop will offer an overview of all these crucial topics together with the most common fascial techniques used within the osteopathic armamentarium, including fascial unwinding, Still technique and harmonic technique. Different forms of application will be also described, from indirect, direct to combined method. To guide the clinician through the understanding and the application of such fascial tools, various evidence-based mechanisms as well as different hypothesis based on osteopathic principles will be proposed and discussed.


  • To present the connective tissue as the major bio-mechanical and bio-electrical mediator of the structure and function interrelationship;
  • To propose various fascial mechanisms by which somatic dysfunction may be induced and maintained;
  • To illustrate the most common fascial techniques in osteopathic practice and propose different fascia-mediated mechanisms behind the OMT efficacy and effectiveness.

Paolo Tozzi

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