Students will be introduced to functional assessment and indirect osteopathic manual techniques including counterstrain and functional techniques. Concepts and principles of rehabilitation for specific injuries encountered in osteopathic practice will be explored. Students will develop knowledge and skills in the assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of common injuries involving the ankle, calf, foot and knee including the principles and application of taping in the management of common injuries.

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HHU4185 - Clinical Practicum 5

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Implement and incorporate a broad range of indirect osteopathic techniques into the student's osteopathic practice with a focus to the trunk and lower limb;  
  2. Discuss and interrogate the rationale for the application of indirect osteopathic techniques and extrapolate their application to osteopathic practice;  
  3. Formulate and interpret exercise management programs to support the rehabilitation of patient complaints with a focus to the trunk and lower limb;  
  4. Explore the principles of rehabilitation programs and evaluate their role in preventative and rehabilitative care of the patient; and  
  5. Evaluate the literature and outcome measures applicable to indirect osteopathic techniques and rehabilitation and exercise management and reflect a role for this in the student's clinical practice.  


There is a 30 minute practical oral which is a hurdle component and is ungraded (Pass/Fail).
Assessment type Description Grade
Other Small group practical task & written response 50%
Presentation In class presentation 50%
All assessment components must be satisfactorily completed in order to pass this unit. Assessments of approximately 3000 words.

Required reading

Jones strain-counterstrain. (1st ed.).
Jones, L. H., Kusunose, R. S., & Goering, E. K. (1995).
Jones Strain Counterstrain Incorporated.

Clinical sports medicine. (4th ed.).
Brukner, K., & Khan, K. (2012).
McGraw Hill.

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