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Indirect, Functional Approach to Manual Medicine

November 8, 2019 - November 10, 2019

This is a three-day tutorial style course with emphasis on hands-on practice. The functional approach was described in the osteopathic literature in the 1950s. This course was inspired by the work of George Laughlin, DO, A.T. Still’s grandson. The course offers indirect treatment options, especially useful in painful or chronic conditions; application of the principles of indirect, functional treatment to all areas of the body; opportunity to improve palpation skills; and single treatment for organizing and sequencing manual treatments.

Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

  • Identify indications, involved mechanisms and principles of indirect, functional techniques
  • Demonstrate and practice application of functional technique to vertebral column, ribs, upper and lower extremity and pelvis
  • Recognize clinical applications of functional techniques
  • Practice screening for area of greatest restriction
  • Design treatment sequence based on screening

Prerequisites: Principles of Manual Medicine and Muscle Energy: Part I

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Activity Sponsor

Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine


East Lansing, Michigan

Anticipated Credits

22.5 AOA Category 1-A


Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine

Additional Details

This program offers up to 22.5 Category 1-A AOA CME credits and up to 22.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s).™