Structural approach in osteopathy




Educator of educational activities

Jon Parsons (DO MSc Ost MA Ed Res PGCHE SFHEA)

He completed his osteopathic training (1989) and subsequently obtained a master’s degree in osteopathy (2004) from the European School of Osteopathy (ESO).

He is a qualified lecturer with a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCHE) and a master’s degree in pedagogical research. He also works as a senior member of the Higher Education Academy (HEA). He has been engaged in osteopathic education since 1989 and regularly teaches across Europe at universities in I., II. and III. level of education.

After 25 years at the European School of Osteopathy, Jon has been working exclusively as a freelancer for the past four years. He is currently a co-founder of the Institute for Postgraduate Osteopathy (IPOE).

Jon is a co-author of Osteopathy: Models for Diagnosis, Treatment and Practice.

He currently devotes his time evenly to osteopathic practice and lecturing.

This seminar will introduce you to the skills needed for safe and effective patient treatment using an osteopathic – structural approach. Articulation and HVLA techniques (high-speed, low-amplitude handling techniques) will be taught. All HLVA techniques used in this course will be „soft locking“ techniques. These are techniques based on the concept of „floating field“ tensegrity and involve a method of minimal locking using a precise application. This improves the patient’s application comfort and, more importantly, the safety of the technique.

After completing the seminar, you will gain conceptual and practical knowledge on how to examine and treat patients complaining of a wide range of orthopedic and non-orthopedic symptoms, such as: low back pain, headache, non-infectious cystitis. The acquired knowledge will be immediately applicable in your practice and will complement and improve the current ways of managing your patients.

Most weekend manual therapy courses are taught as if a technique could be used in the same way and was effective in all patients. In fact, this is not the case. The manipulation technique will require minor adjustments for each patient to be effective. Our goal is to explain the logic and rationale for each of the techniques so that, in terms of understanding, you will be able to make these specific adjustments and improve your skills in this area.


The graduate will:

Have knowledge of relevant anatomy
Understand the relevant contraindications for spinal and pelvic manipulation
Able to apply relevant, clinically based orthopedic and neurological examination techniques
Able to perform osteopathic clinical examination of the spine and pelvis
Understand the principles of the minimum HVLA blocking method
Have practical experience in performing appropriate osteopathic techniques

Content of educational activity

Orthopedic and neurological testing
Osteopathic diagnostic procedures in the spine and pelvis
Articulation techniques
HVLA techniques applied to the lumbar spine and pelvis:

Lumbar side roll (for vertebrae, ilio sacral (ant / post, out flair) and sacrum). Lumbar lift. Leg tug (I / S and L / S), Sacral toggle.
MET of lumbar and pelvic area
HVLA techniques applied in the chest and ribs

Dog technique, sitting and standing lift, C / D prone and side lying, rib 1 & 2 prone and side lying
AP thorax, intraosseous release sternum
HVLA techniques applied in the cervical spine

Cervical wheel, sitting cervical, prone cervical, occiput / C1 (direct and indirect)
BLT and MET of cervical area


Physiotherapists, FBLR doctors, osteopaths and other health professionals working in the field of manual therapy

The Slovak Chamber of Physiotherapists gives a favorable opinion on the educational activity and includes it in the list of continuing education activities in accordance with para. 6 of Act No. 578/2004 Coll. and Decree of the Ministry of Health of the Slovak Republic no. 74/2019 on the criteria and method of evaluation of continuing education of a health worker and assigns:

– IČ: 25/2021 with the number of credits 19.5