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CPD with Sara Farina Osteopath M.Ost, PG Cert

Course outlines:

Saturday 24th February 2024

The three diaphragms and their role in whole body function, a holistic approach to treatment

This CPD day explores the three diaphragms of the body (cervicothoracic, respiratory and pelvic) and how their function influences each other within the integrated body as a whole. The diaphragms are in constant movement, forming a pressure regulating mechanism for brain-body function. To practitioners, they provide an access point to affect the nervous system’s regulatory mechanisms and influence optimal wellbeing of the animal. This course will draw on evidence-based biomechanical principles, as well as osteopathic treatment theory to provide a holistic approach to the consideration, assessment and treatment of the three diaphragms.



- Introduction to the concept of the three diaphragms within the body

- Anatomy and pathophysiology of the cervicothoracic, respiratory and pelvic diaphragms and related structures

- Anatomy of the vagus and related nerves and their relationship with the diaphragms

- Evidence informed approach to biomechanical release of these areas and consequent benefits

- Regional interdependence: how the function of each diaphragm influences the others and the whole body

- Considerations around movement biomechanics and how good function of the diaphragms effects this

- Theory of osteopathic techniques taught, such as fascial release and mobilisation

- Outline of techniques which will be taught in afternoon


- Demonstration of techniques with time for students to practice and receive hands on tuition

- Q&A and final considerations

Sunday 25th February 2024

The Hyoid; Functions, Mechanisms and Corrective Techniques for the Canine Manual Therapist

This lecture will be focussing on the Hyoid bone, its directly and indirectly correlated structures and practical techniques on how to treat them.

My interest in the role of the hyoid began in human osteopathy practice, where I observed great benefits in patients with cervical issues when the hyoid and connected structures were treated.

Structurally, it is cardinal in its support of the anterior cervical musculature and fascia.

To us as practitioners, I believe, it becomes a key to accessing the anterior cervical soft tissues and influencing the tension patterns in this area and beyond.



- Anatomy of hyoid bone and directly attached structures

- Anatomy of the whole area with particular consideration to fascial attachments

- Theory of osteopathic techniques taught such as fascial release

- Evidence based approach to biomechanical release of the area and consequent benefits

- When to look at the hyoid: presentation of symptoms which may indicate issues around the hyoid

- Outline of techniques which will be taught in afternoon

- Considerations around how certain handing gadgets affect this area (example: collars)


- Demonstration of techniques and time for students to practice on models

- Q&A and final considerations

Venue - The Win Clinic

Refreshments provided , please bring lunch

If you have a dog and you would like to bring them please let us know so we can make sure we have enough dogs to work with

Cost - £140 per day , full weekend £260

Please make payment to secure your place Account details - Win Clinic , SC 09-01-29 Acc number 31928689 with your name as reference

Any questions please give us a call on 01823 426490

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