As an osteopathic physician, my profession's standards require that osteopathic techniques should be taught only to licensed practitioners (DO, MD, PT and DDS/DMD).
Finding the AGR (area of greatest restriction/key) and knowing how to sequence a patient's unique treatment is crucial for all manual therapy approaches. Because of this reality, I have no problem with teaching non-licensed manual practitioners the principles of finding the AGR and sequencing. Experience suggests that just adding that aspect to other forms of manual care enables the practitioners to experience better clinical outcomes.
I am, therefore, open to scheduling AGR/Sequencing sessions for non-licensed practitioners. During those sessions, I will not be teaching osteopathic technique or osteopathic medicine.
For courses provided for licensed practitioners, I start all courses with the related basic principles and then build on those principles. In this way, I stress-teach the students to understand the principles behind the techniques and not just teach technique. This approach enables the students to become creative in the manual approaches.
Contacts for Courses:
- Steve Maly, PT
Mercy Spine Center
W. Memorial Drive
Oklahoma City, OK 73102
- Steve Shifreen, MD
645 Farmington Ave.
Hartford, CT 06105
An asterisk (*) denotes the course is for M.D. and D.O.
A pound (#) denotes the course is for M.D., D.O., P.T. and DDS/DMD
A tilde (~) denotes the course is for non-licensed practitioners (course is limited to AGR/Sequencing)
A caret (^) denotes the course is for osteopathic medical students.