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November 18-21, 2022

The Forgotten Technique of William Garner Sutherland After the great pandemic, before the PRM

The Forgotten Technique of William Garner Sutherland After the great pandemic, before the PRM
Learn how WGS managed patients following the Great Pandemic of 1918.

During William Garner Sutherland’s first 30 years in practice, he employed a variety of direct techniques. Some were developed based on his personal observations of patients experiencing lingering symptoms of the 1918 Influenza pandemic. He theorized that their symptoms were caused by a tissue tension problem, which he dubbed “anterior tensity.” He reasoned that increased tension impeded fluid flow. His mechanically-based approach—the subject of this workshop—was aimed at restoring optimal fluid.

This workshop brings William Garner Sutherland and his pre-cranial ideas to life. Following the presentation of a colourful biographical sketch of Sutherland, an explanation of the physiological consequences of influenza and pneumonia is offered. Then, Sutherland’s observation of “anterior tensity” is explained. Thirty of Sutherland’s rarely taught techniques for remedying this abnormal tension and its far-reaching effects are demonstrated and practiced. Among the regions of his focus are the thorax (spine, ribs, and diaphragm); pelvis (bony and visceral); neck (bony and visceral); lumbar area (mainly muscular); and shoulder girdle (scapula and clavicle). Of great importance will be an explanation of how Sutherland traced anterior tensity into the cranium.
Once the bodily anterior tensity was lessened, Sutherland turned his attention to the cranium. In this area, his brilliance as an osteopath is evident. In his view, cranial inertia (not caused by trauma) resulted from the cranium’s excessive expansion. This expansion caused tension of the membranes, ultimately leading to fluid stasis. The reason for this association will be explained in the workshop.

Sutherland’s techniques are simple in application yet powerful in results. Ideas on how to employ his approach in current-day practice will be the shared.

About Jane Stark:
Jane has had an active clinical practice since 1991, first as a certified athletic therapist since 1991, and beginning in 2003 as an osteopathic manual practitioner. She is also registered kinesiologist.

On the academic side, Jane contributes regularly to the therapeutic literature and is most notably the author of Still’s Fascia (Jolandos 2007) and a contributor to the newly released book Fascia in the Osteopathic Field (Handspring Publishing 2017). Her work has been published in several peer-reviewed journals.

Over the last 15 years, Jane has taught a fluidic approach to connective tissue on four continents and in 10 European countries. Jane also teaches complexity theory, histology, human embryology, techniques of the early osteopaths, spirituality in Osteopathy, and the history of osteopathy. Coupled with dissection of fresh tissue, this extensive background gives Jane the advantage of understanding connective tissue on multiple levels.

Jane is the author of the biography of Sutherland’s early life. The title is Journeyman: William Garner Sutherland, the Formative years (1873-1900).

Jane holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Guelph in Biology (1980) and a Master’s degree from Walden University in Clinical Research Administration (2014).

She also holds diplomas from Sheridan College in Sports Injury Management (1990), the College D’études Superior in Somatotheraphy (2001), and the Canadian College of Osteopathy, in Osteopathy (2003).

She has been the director of student research at the Canadian College of Osteopathy in Toronto since 2005.

Location: TBA

Date: Nov. 18-21, 2022

Time: TBA

Cost: TBA

Payment: Cheque or e-transfer to admin@osteopathymanitoba.org

Course Registration to come


Eligible to attend:  Graduates or thesis/research writers of CCO , CEO or CSO.  As well as any currently enrolled in the last year of CCO, CEO or CSO.

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