THE VISCERAL AND OBSTETRIC ASSOCIATION

Is a membership based CPD and professional support service, which has been developed to support osteopaths working in physiological practice, focusing away from musculoskeletal complaints and towards such things as visceral dynamics, complex functional disorders, issues of ill health and morbidity and chronic pains from multiple sources.

It has been established to help osteopaths worldwide.

It also aims to develop and provide some basic information about these wider fields of care that osteopaths can use to discuss relevant issues with their patients about aspects of patient care.

It supports the OPIS project, which is a separate organisation looking to frame and develop evidence in support of practice.

It aims to support and possibly undertake its own research in areas of interest to members and of benefit to patients. 

This is a NON technique driven support service, which aims to consider scope of practice, competency, credentialing and continuing professional development for osteopaths who wish to work with patients who have problems with such things as neonatal suckling and breastfeeding; symptoms associated with pregnancy and birth; various visceral, digestive and respiratory complaints and other systemic conditions; chronic pain and a variety of non biomechanical or myofascial scenarios. Osteopaths working in other fields of care such as supporting those with chronic ill health or those in palliative care for example are also welcomed by the association. Its key consideration is exploring the roles and boundaries of the osteopaths’ contributions to healthcare and issues around depth of clinical engagement.

The CPD service offers information, updates and knowledge sharing on such things as:

  1. Evidence informed practice and risk management, and how osteopaths who wish to consider working with patients outside the bounds of the low back pain scenario can be supported to explore the broader scope of osteopathic practice potential. Consideration of possible care plans and professional guidelines and avenues for research will be a large part of the association’s focus, alongside providing an avenue for continuing professional development and support. This information will be in a closed members forum, from which public guidance may become available over time.
  2. Considerations of the depths of clinical engagement, and the concepts of novice versus expert practice and the competencies and capabilities required, and how these should be credentialled or reviewed are also important, and will also be reviewed and explored by the association.
  3. The association’s aims to be a CPD platform for osteopaths (mainly through online options and members forums), and a stepping stone onto more formal recognition of practice skills and experience.
  4. Having ones skills in 'non musculoskeletal osteopathy' formally recognised can be explored through the Society of Osteopathic Health Care (S-OHC) - a national body to represent osteopaths - currently being established.
  5. Any queries please contact us via the form on the contact page.