COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course builds on the topics taught in the Foundations of Osteopathic Cranial Manipulative Medicine (OCMM) course. The aim of the course is to take the practitioner to the next level of diagnostic and treatment ability when using OCMM. The student will learn more advanced diagnostic techniques, such as how to determine whether a cranial somatic dysfunction originates in bone, membrane or fluid, or a combination of these elements. Attention is given to direct and indirect approaches to specific temporal and facial restrictions. A particular highlight of this course is an in-depth approach to temporomandibular joint and malocclusal problems, how dental appliances are used with these conditions, and how to collaborate with dental practitioners. Other topics include: treatment sequencing approaches, clinical pearls, how to incorporate osteopathic cranial manipulative medicine into clinical practice, and a research update.
COURSE OBJECTIVES: After successful completion of this course, the participant will be able to: Perform deeper, more body-wide palpation and diagnosis; Apply more detailed direct and indirect technique approaches for the face, intraoral structures, temporal bones and mandible, and especially in relation to dental and malocclusal problems; Describe the use of dental appliances and their role in the treatment dental and malocclusal problems; Diagnose and treat clinical problems such as temporomandibular joint dysfunction, head and neck pain syndromes, and cranial nerve entrapments associated with cranial somatic dysfunctions.
RECOMMENDED READING: Osteopathy in the Cranial Field, 1st Ed. by Harold Ives Magoun, DO.
TARGET AUDIENCE: DOs, medical students in good standing, MDs, international osteopathic physicians and DDSs.
ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: Successful completion of the Foundations of Osteopathic Cranial Manipulative Medicine Course, or equivalent (must be approved by course directors).