The aim of this unit is to build and extend the students osteopathic technical skills in the realm of exercise and rehabilitation and indirect osteopathic techniques. The students will work towards mastering palpation of tissue tensions representing the direction of ease. They will investigate and analyse the literature and other relevant resources to underpin their concept of exercise and rehabilitation and indirect osteopathic techniques to their practice. They will theorise and implement strategies for the management of discreet population groups whilst creating concepts to communicate their proposed management plan with these discreet population groups.

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HHO4181 - Osteopathic Science 7


HHU4286 - Clinical Practicum 6

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Investigate and implement a range of indirect techniques for osteopathic clinical practice;  
  2. Adapt the principles and procedures of rehabilitation and exercise and indirect osteopathic techniques for common conditions of the head, neck, thorax and upper limb;  
  3. Evaluate the application of rehabilitation, exercise and indirect osteopathic techniques as part of an overall strategy to patient management to all age groups: children, adults and the elderly;  
  4. Exhibit and advocate management plans including rehabilitation, exercise and indirect osteopathic techniques for surgical procedures; and  
  5. Compose a persuasive management plan that synthesises rehabilitation, exercise and indirect osteopathic techniques in a management plan with a focus to a defined population or a surgical procedure.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment 2000 words 70%
Test 20 minute test 30%
There is a 30 minute practical oral which is a hurdle requirement and is ungraded (Pass/Fail). All assessment components need to be passed to gain an overall pass in this unit. Assessment equivalent word count of 3500 approx.

Required reading

Functional methods 2nd
Johnston, W. L., & Friedman, H. D. (1994).
Indianapolis, IL: American Academy of Osteopathy

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

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

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