Manipulations, the next level, Bratislava

27 -29 June 2024
2,5 days of spinal manipulations: safe & efficient

To the general public, osteopathic care is often associated with manipulations, and patients frequently refer to their osteopath as a 'bone doctor' or 'joint cracker'.

This workshop provides insights into the working mechanisms and potential effects of manipulation, explained in a multi-disciplinary, accessible way. Manipulations are discussed from a safety perspective, starting with contra-indications, and then exploring indications. This provides participants with an understanding of why an osteopath manipulates, extending their knowledge beyond merely releasing blockages and into the osteopathic way of thinking.

Participants are guided through various approaches (e.g., anatomy, neurology, neurophysiology, and PENI), providing multiple pieces of a coherent manipulation puzzle. By following this workshop, participants can rethink homeostasis and gain insight into the use of manipulation as a tool for allostatic regulation in physiology and pathophysiology.

The transition from providing knowledge to applying it is facilitated, ensuring that each participant gains directly applicable insights for their daily clinic practice. While the focus of this workshop is on manipulation, participants are immersed in the osteopathic way of thinking and linking, providing a different perspective on clinical care and therapeutic approach, even for therapists who do not use manipulation in their clinical work. Touching a patient will never be the same again.

From manipulation to osteopathic manipulation

The techniques enable therapists to manipulate in an osteopathic manner. Osteopathy is not defined by its techniques alone, but rather by the approach to executing them: 'osteopaths don’t do different things, they do things differently'. Participants are empowered to manipulate joints in the most parasympathetic manner, employing excellent handling skills, positioning parallel to the facet, and in mid-range position. These techniques combine the pursuit of maximal safety and efficiency.

The thrust is a fluid build-up compression, aiming for maximal patient comfort and minimal adverse effects. 'One can only provide good healthcare when one has good self-care', so therapist’s safety is also paramount.

Each technique is theoretically described, including indications and contra-indications, pros and cons. Demonstrations are provided on both a skeleton and a participant, followed by hands-on feedback and a classic wrap-up of the technique. Interaction and Q&A sessions are pivotal.


Teaching is practical and grounded in real clinical cases and experiences. The program emphasizes interactivity and direct applicability. Participants typically have backgrounds in physiotherapy, manual therapy, medicine, osteopathy, or similar fields. The instructor is qualified and experienced, employing student-centered, competency-based learning approaches to maximize participant skill development.

The didactical approach aims for the Priceless acronym:


Give plenty of                             Practice

Make everything                        Relevant

                                                      Innovate in their learning.

Create a supportive                  Climate

Build on                                       Experience Knowledge Skills

Adopt a                                        Learner-centered approach.

Make a session                           Enjoyable

Help to                                         Self-reflect.

Ensure they experience            Success




The course begins on Thursday at noon and concludes on Saturday evening. The price is 480 euro.

The venue is Moventum Education, located at Radlinského 2800/26, 811 07 Bratislava, Slovakia.

The schedule is as follows: Thursday from 13:00 to 18:00, Friday from 09:00 to 18:00, and Saturday from 09:00 to 18:00.

While Bratislava Airport is nearby, I personally fly to Vienna Airport on Thursday morning and then take the bus to Bratislava. On Saturday evening, I fly back from Vienna and take the bus to the airport. If you're interested in joining me, feel free to contact me for more details.

Bratislava is a beautiful city with much to offer in terms of culture, food, and drinks. Be sure to take some time to explore and enjoy its attractions.

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