In this unit students will improve their indirect manual technique application with a focus on the spine, pelvis and peripheries and progress their knowledge of rehabilitation exercises focusing on the peripheral joints.
Chronic pain theory and practice are revisited with students extending their knowledge of pain mechanisms relevant to osteopathic practice and patient management.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Formulate and interpret exercise management programs to support the rehabilitation of patient complaints with a focus on the spinal column and peripheral joints;  
  2. Contextualise indirect osteopathic techniques to the spine, pelvis and peripheral joints;  
  3. Extrapolate the neurological mechanisms involved in patients with chronic pain;  
  4. Elucidate the mechanisms of action of pain management agents that are likely to be used as treatments for patients presenting to osteopaths; and  
  5. Propose suitable management and monitoring strategies of patients with chronic pain diagnosis.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test Two Online Quizzes (1 hour each) 20%
Assignment Case based written assignment (2000 words) 30%
Examination Practical examination rehabilitation and indirect (30 minutes per student) 50%
90% attendance is required for tutorials and practical workshop classes in the osteopathic program consistent with AOAC accreditation documentation. The practical examination is a hurdle requirement and as such a minimum 50% pass grade is required to satisfactorily complete the unit overall as the skills assessed in this examination are crucial for best practice and patient management, and learning outcomes 1 and 2 are only assessed in this task.

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