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Arteries and veins have similar structures but different neurological innervations and receptors for feedback to the brain about activity. Arteries can hold energy from praxis and rapid length changes. These patterns can cause patients to report dull aches, and heavy feelings in extremities and possibly in organ tissues.

The proper assessment and location of these spasms can help the practitioner to reduce or remove the strains stored in the arterial tissue and then restore normal blood flow to the patient.

This course will allow participants to quickly assess for blood flow restrictions, blood pressure differences and to palpate the spasms and determine if they are to be treated with approximation or direct arterial release.

To register, please contact Béatrice Drouin at info@ceosteo.ca or click on this link: osteocontinuingeducation.com/Courses/3_days/.

Participant Criteria: Thesis writers, DOMPs.

Presented by Brad McCutcheon M.Sc.(Ost), D.O.M.P., D. Sc.O.: 

Brad McCutcheon has been teaching physiology for over 20 years, his experience in this science and use of palpation in the field of Osteopathy for the same period of time gives him a unique perspective on the changes of the arteries when they adapt to their surroundings.

Brad McCutcheon has taught in several different countries and in Canada in every province.

His Masters in Osteopathy in England gave him a different perspective on the Osteopathic community and has allowed him to have an open mind to questions and approaches in the field.

The Rule of the Artery is being held at the Canadian College of Osteopathy, 150 Bridgeland Avenue, Suite 102, Toronto, Ontario M6A 1Z5.

February 28, 2020 - Day 1
8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.



Physiology of Different Types of Arteries

Palpation of Pulses Femoral, Popliteal, Abductor, Dorsal Pedal

Pulse Palpation Theory, TCM, Chauffour, Sutherland

Palpation of Neck, Torso Pulses, Assessment for Restrictions

Discussion of Aneurysms, Atherosclerosis, Diabetes for Cautions and possibly Contraindications to Arterial Treatment

Discussion of Types of Treatments

Use of Treatments (direct) on Femoral Artery, (counterstrain) on Cervical Artery, (recoil) on Hip Arterioles

February 29, 2020 - Day 2
8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Treatment and palpation of:

Femoral Artery

Tibial Artery


Subclavian Vessels

Vertebral Artery

Cervical Branches

Sacral Arteries

Arteries of the Upper Extremity

March 1, 2020 - Day 3
8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Temporal Arteries, Surface Arteries of the Cranium

Arteries of the Intracranium, and Epiploic Veins

Treatment of Nutrient Foramen (19 locations)

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Assessment and Mobilization of the Cranial Nerves 
March 21-22, 2020
8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Canadian College of Osteopathy
150 Bridgeland Avenue, Suite 102
Toronto, Ontario M6A 1Z5
Presented by:
Anne Hartley BPHE, CAT(C), D.O.M.P., D.Sc.O.
Professor Emeritus Sheridan College (Athletic Therapy)
International Speaker
Diploma Sport Injury Management
Certified Athletic Therapist
Participant Criteria: 5th year students, thesis writers, DOMPs.
Each of the twelve cranial nerves will be reviewed, including their anatomies, pathways, functions, anastomoses, entrapments, pathologies and dysfunctions. Manual assessment and mobilization techniques will be taught, demonstrated and practiced with partners. Treatment protocols for different pathologies, including case studies, will be taught and discussed. Treatment techniques will include stimulation, stretching, mobilization and flossing of each cranial nerve.
Using illustrations from cranial textbooks, the anatomies of the nerves will be reviewed, as well as their pathways and connections to other nerves. Manual techniques, to assess and treat the nerves, will be demonstrated and then practiced with partners. Dysfunctions of the nerves will be taught, and protocols will be given to help correct the adhesions or restrictions of the nerves. Case studies will be mentioned in relation to their pathology and which treatments helped will be identified.
This is a hands-on dynamic, two-day, manual course designed for Osteopathic Manual Practitioners and Osteopathic Students, with an interest in assessing and treating the cranial nerves. Areas are entrapped or adhesion will be described, as well as techniques to free the nerves. The nerves will be stimulated, stretched, mobilized and flossed, depending on location and the dysfunction. Some of the conditions covered will be Bell’s palsy, trigeminal neuritis, vertigo, burning mouth syndrome, mild traumatic brain dysfunction (concussion), eye dysfunction (oculomotor, abducens, trochlear), digestive dysfunction (vagus nerve), facial neuritis and more. Injuries, surgeries, infections, dental work, concussions and cosmetic procedures can affect the mobility of the cranial nerves. Adhesions, foramen restrictions, cranial pathology will be addressed.
To register or for more information, please contact Béatrice Drouin at info@ceosteo.ca or click on this link: osteocontinuingeducation.com/Courses/2_days/.

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2020 OAO Annual Conference - An Osteopathic Perspective on Pain

Organized and curated by the Ontario Association of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners (OAO), this inaugural annual conference is a two-day event that brings together the community of osteopathic practitioners united by their passion for knowledge.

Learn from and be inspired by some of the world’s most renowned osteopathic innovators, thinkers, and leaders.

Why you want to attend the OAO Conference

At the conference you will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn about the latest advances in osteopathic pain management from renowned industry leaders
  • Participate in workshops where you will get to exchange ideas and experiences
  • Network with peers and OAO colleagues
  • Obtain OAO Continuing Education Units
Click on the buttons below to download the Conference at a Glance and Conference Brochure (PDF)


Conference Pricing

The full conference rate includes breakfast, breaks and lunch both days and networking event on Friday evening. Early Bird deadline is March 13, 2020

Cancellation/Refund Policy

Early Bird deadline is March 13, 2020
Member - Early Bird Rate $695.00 registration fee 
Member - Regular Rate  $795.00 registration fee 
Student - Early Bird Rate  $595.00 registration fee 
Student - Regular Rate $695.00 registration fee 
One Day Rate (Friday or Saturday - Includes Meals)
Friday, May 1- Early Bird  $350.00 registration fee
Saturday, May 2- Early Bird  $350.00 registration fee
Friday, May 1 - Regular Rate  $425.00 registration fee
Saturday, May 2 - Regular Rate $425.00 registration fee

Key Registration Dates 

Early Bird deadline is Friday, March 13, 2020, 11:59 EST

Online registration closes: Wednesday, April 29, 2020, 11:59 EST

Session Pre-selection: All delegates are encouraged to select sessions at the time of registration for each time slot. Session registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. To learn more about each of our sessions, please visit the Session Schedule above.

Earn CEU Hours

All conference sessions count towards CPD credits in the current CPD cycle. Continuing Education Credits will be posted to OAO members CPD record post event. The total available CEUs at this conference is 18.25 credits.

Membership Verification

OAO Members: Login using your OAO username and password to pre-populate the form from our membership records. Then select your preferences and proceed to the check out.

If you are a CFO member, or your record does not exist in our database, please click "I am not a Member" You will be prompted to enter your contact information, the association you are a member of along with your promotional code. If you do not have a promotional code, please contact your association and inquire. Non-member registrations are subject to approval based on availability and space.

If you have already completed a registration, please check your email account for a confirmation message. It will contain a link to access and edit your registration.

Where to Stay

The Conference will be held at the Hilton Mississauga/Meadowvale Hotel and Conference Centre, 6750 Mississauga Road, Mississauga, ON, L5N 2L3, Canada.

Relax in guest rooms featuring private balconies, complimentary WiFi, 37-inch flat-screen HDTVs, and large work areas with ergonomic chairs.

Room Rate: 1 King Bed Deluxe Room or 2 Queen Beds $129.00
Reservations Deadline Date: April 2, 2020

T: 905-821-1981 Book Online: https://book.passkey.com/go/OAO2020 
Reservations: 905-821-1981 or 1-800-445-8667 and use the group code OASM

Travel by WestJet

We are are happy to confirm that for the upcoming 2020 OAO Annual Conference (inaugural), WestJet are able to offer 5% off Econo* and 10% off EconoFlex and Premium fares for travel within Canada and 2% off Econo*, 5% off EconoFlex and 10% off Premium base fares for guests travelling Trans-border into and out of Toronto, Ontario. To take advantage of this offer, you will need the discount code listed below. Please visit www.westjet.com/conventions to make a booking online.

Travel from: April 24, 2020 to May 8, 2020

Coupon code: I77GF65 
*Guest web/Travel Agent web

Travel by VIA Rail

We are are happy to confirm that for the upcoming 2020 OAO Annual Conference VIA Rail will offer 10% off the best available fare in Economy, Economy Plus, Business, Business Plus, Sleeper class.*

Travel from: April 24, 2020 to May 8, 2020 from all stations throughout the VIA system to Toronto, Ontario and return. 

Participants must reference the event’s VIA conference Discount Code: 14131.
*Subject to the conditions and restrictions of the fare plan to which the additional discount is being applied. Discount does not apply in any Escape fares and Prestige Class.

Expand your professional network at The OAO Social!

Join us as Jessica Holmes, Celebrated Comedian, Author and Mental Health Advocate brings to life hilarious characters and impressions. 
Beloved comedian Jessica Holmes has been a perennial favourite on Royal Canadian Air Farce and The Holmes Show.

Catch up with familiar friends, meet your fellow attendees and enjoy our Special Guest Jessica Holmes. Enjoy an evening of inspired conversation and new connections! This event is included with your conference registration. Guests are welcome to attend this fun filled evening event.*

*Additional guest tickets and payment required.

This event is hosted by Ontario Association of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners

Information regarding the 2020 Annual General Meeting, being held on April 30th, will be sent in a separate email. 

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This e-learning version of our Level 1 Best Practices in Concussion Management course provides allied health professionals with the same introductory overview of concussion evaluation and management strategies as the live course but can be accessed from the comfort of the home or clinic.

The course is broken down into short, easily digestible segments, allowing the viewer to work through the content with ease at a manageable pace, stopping and starting as needed. As with the live course, the e-learning version offers concise literature reviews on topics such as acute concussion pathophysiology, post-concussion syndrome, rest and activity post-concussion, cervicogenic contribution to concussion symptomatology and provides strategies for building individualized return to learn and return to work programs. The course offers video demonstration of clinical assessment techniques as well as introductory rehabilitation strategies that can be immediately incorporated into clinical practice.

Allied health professionals will be able to interact with course and participants through Learn Worlds. This online course must be completed on a desktop or laptop.

Scott Haller, Osteopathic Manual Practitioner, AC, RMT
Dr. Kailin Walter, BSc(Hons), DC
Ryan Sleik, PT

To register, please email Karla Silva at info@theshift.ca.

For more information about Shift Concussion Management, please visit www.theshift.ca.

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Welcome to Toronto’s soft-embalmed full body dissection course - iDissect 2020! 

Presented by:

Samuel Lo R.Ac, R.TCMP, DOMP, RMT
Co-Director, Administrator, Course Logistics, Teacher, Neuro-Integrative Acupuncture

Poney Chiang Ph.D, .R.TCMP, R.Ac
Co-Director, Teacher, Neuro-Integrative Acupuncture

Dr. Christopher Gordon, B.Sc (Hon Kin), D.C.
Teacher, Neuro-Integrative Acupuncture 

Develop a comprehensive, three-dimensional understanding of the human body through five days of full-body dissection using a soft-embalmed cadaver! This unique opportunity to practice clinical palpation techniques on cadavers, that look and feel like a living patient, will improve your therapeutic outcomes. Fully embalmed cadavers have rigid limbs and joints, clinically different from the living human body.

Our instructors ensure feasible, efficient, and safe dissections, while you investigate your own clinical interests. Increase your knowledge of the peripheral nervous system. Understand the three-dimensional organization of fascial planes and complex anatomical relationships.

This course is open to qualified health practitioners. For more information, and to register, please visit www.idissect.ca.


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