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Clinical Integration of the Visceral Field

Sandra Lois Gutiérrez, DP, MSc, Eur Ost DO, will present this course designed to help participants develop diagnostic and clinical reasoning pathways in which they are able to visualise, understand and integrate both organs/viscera/glands within the set of elements that makes up the human anatomy.

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Clinical Integration of the Visceral Field
Clinical Integration of the Visceral Field

Time & Location

Sep 29, 2023, 9:00 AM ADT – Oct 01, 2023, 5:00 PM ADT

Dartmouth, 853 Caldwell Rd, Dartmouth, NS B2W 6A2, Canada

About the event

Clinical Integration of the Visceral Field (thorax, abdomen and pelvis) within the Global Osteopathic Approach. Diagnostic P{athways and Clinical Reasoning.


In this original 3-day master class for osteopaths, Sandra Lois Gutiérrez, DP, MSc, Eur Ost DO, from Spain, will help students develop diagnostic and clinical reasoning pathways in which they are able to visualise, understand and integrate both organs/viscera/glands within the set of elements that make up the human anatomy, as we cannot understand concepts such as health or homeostasis by dividing the body into compartments.

Osteopathy in the visceral field has a shorter history compared to other areas such as musculoskeletal or cranial osteopathy. The way in which it has developed has given rise to multiple ways of interpreting and carrying it out, which has been very enriching and at the same time has generated some confusion and chaos in diagnostic and treatment processes.

Respecting different perceptive abilities - from the mechanical to the rhythmic - and taking into account that there are different "schools" in the visceral field within osteopathy, we will work on guides that allow us to travel from the global to the regional and analytical, and vice versa, establishing chains and functional patterns on which we will have to work individually in each patient.

The different ways of anatomical-physiological relationship (mechanical, neurological, fluidic, metabolic...) present us with paths to explore and allow us to establish an individual narrative for each patient. And it will be these same pathways and this narrative that will allow us to confirm whether our work has been effective in the short, medium and long term, and to modify those parts of our reasoning that may require it.

The target audience is graduated osteopaths

Total CEUs earned: 21h


At the end of the course the student will be able to: 

  • Integrate embryological, anatomical-physiological and neuroscientific knowledge to facilitate the clinical reasoning process in a wide variety of cases.
  • Develop assessment strategies that allow a more accurate and coherent diagnosis of the visceral system.
  • Differentiate local problems from regional and systemic problems.
  • Identify the priority anatomical structures to be treated in each situation.
  • Build a diagnostic hypothesis in the form of a narrative that involves the organs and viscera of the body.
  • Facilitate a therapeutic approach of minimal intervention, effective and in accordance with current knowledge.


3 days – 21 hours

Theory and practice will go hand in hand throughout the course and we will go through a series of key topics according to the following programme.

Day 1

· Anatomical considerations from the perspective of embryology

· The body cavities and their associated membrane systems

· The body cavity systems and their anatomo-physiological relationships along the body cavities

· Visceral screening strategies using different diagnostic pathways and inhibition tests I.

· Neuroscientific concepts and clinical application

Day 2

· Cranio-visceral relationships

· Viscera and extremities: a key to both diagnosis and therapy

· Visceral screening strategies using different diagnostic pathways and inhibition tests II.

Day 3

· Visceral therapeutic tools within the global osteopathic approach.

. GALT (Galactose-1-phosphate uridyl transferase) and its connection with metabolism, endocrine system and immunity. . . Gut microbiota.


Students should come with comfortable, elastic clothing that allows for wide movements and deep grasping in areas such as the ischiorectal fossa.


- Lectures and introduction to the basic theoretical contents

- Discussion of presentation and the available scientific evidence

- Case review involving different clinical presentations

- Demonstration and practice


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    Snacks and drinks are includes during short breaks

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