The History of Osteopathy - Presented by Jane Stark and hosted by Advanced Concepts Seminars

Its Discovery, Early Contributors, Division, and Philosophical Evolution


Becoming a proficient osteopathic practitioner is a lifelong process. Although many components will contribute to one’s development, a key element in becoming a capable and respected practitioner is the ability to think for yourself and to do so in a critical manner. The ability to think critically emanates from the assimilation of information into knowledge. In an osteopathic education, the process of incorporating information is derived not only from the biological and physical sciences, but also from a study of the humanities—including history and philosophy. Reasoning critically, as it relates to osteopathic practice, helps to develop hands on-skills, inform clinical decision making, and enrich the patient-practitioner rapport. Critical thinking is derived from the ownership of that knowledge and is applied using common sense.


Practicing Osteopathy without an understanding of osteopathic history and philosophy would be similar to someone who wanted to become a Circuit Rider Preacher of Pioneer times, but who had never read the Bible or had prior religious training. History gives perspective and context to one’s field of endeavor. Philosophy helps to develop the ownership of one’s thoughts. A preacher who hasn’t read the Bible is neither inspiring nor believable.


In a colourful and informative manner, this course will provide the most pertinent details of osteopathic history and the foundations of its philosophy, enhancing the process of mastering Osteopathy versus the common scenario of practitioners imitating misunderstood techniques, and frequent use of often distorted phrases without the ownership of the original intended meaning. By attending this seminar you’ll find out why you were afforded the opportunity to become a member of the Osteopathic Tradition and how you can maximize that prospect.


Date: November 6 – 7, 2021

The Ontario Academy of Progressive Osteopathy is very proud to host Dr. Fred Mitchell Jr. and Kai Mitchell as they offer their version of cranial osteopathic technique and concept called ‘Rational Cranial Osteopathy’. Dr. Fred Mitchell Jr. was involved in osteopathic research many years ago, and has continually refined and added to his osteopathic offerings since that time.

Refining his father’s pioneering work on Muscle Energy Technique, and applying the same logic and rigour to cranial osteopathy, Dr. Mitchell Jr. will be conducting Rational Cranial Osteopathy as a series of two courses of two days each. The class is open to osteopathic practitioners and students who have previously studied cranial osteopathy.

OAOPO Diploma Students: $550.00

Early Registration -before October 1, 2021- (non-diploma students): $585.00

Regular Registration -October 2, 2021-  (non-diploma students): $625.00

*Please note that a $275.00 deposit is required at registration to reserve your spot. Your registration is not complete without this deposit.


In this class, the philosophy of the treatment for disorders of neurovascular physiology and appropriate reflex patterns will be presented. The effects of autonomic hypertonicity on the neurovascular systems will be discussed with emphasis on the problems created by tissue hypoxia.

The class will utilize lectures and hands-on guided labs to understand how vasomotor treatment techniques of aberrant feedback loops can restore proper neurovascular physiology and systemic function.

By the end of this course, the student should be able to design and implement approaches to various dysfunctions of the neurovascular systems in a successful manual practice.

Length: 30 hours
Cost: $1300.00

Muscle Energy Technique Part. 1

Date: January 29-30, 2022

Learn MET from its founder, Dr. Fred Mitchell Jr. This system of joint normalization is an invaluable tool for every osteopathic practitioner. In this course one will learn how to assess based on the MET philosophy as well as normalize the spine utilizing classic osteopathic principles.