Part 3 of our Visceral Osteopathy Series where you will learn to treat dysfunctions of the Stomach, and the Stomach in relation to the Diaphragm. 

Indigestion of the Stomach

Soothing Hiatal Hernias

and more...

How this course works:

This is a six week course with one module being released each week. Each module is very complete containing several sections of audio lessons, text, demonstration and training Videos and a Quiz.  This makes your learning throughout the course to be never  boring, but rather, a constantly engaging multi-modality format.

There is a hands-on practice homework section at the end of the course where you can download copies of the Treatment Techniques and Protocols that you will practice in order t be eligible for a Certificate of Completion.


The short course Foundations of Visceral Osteopathy is a pre-requisite before enrolling in this full length course.   It will teach you the foundational principles that govern the movement and function of the digestive organs.  You will need this basic knowledge in order to fully benefit from any further courses in the Visceral Osteopathy series.

Click here to go to the Foundations of Visceral Osteopathy course page

If you have an interest in treating digestive problems using osteopathic manual therapy, this new course series is for you!

First, you will learn the Functional Anatomy of the Aesophagus, movement of the Diaphragm, the Stomach. 

Next you will learn how to interview and palpate and assess your clients and patients for signs of Upper Gastro Intestinal Dysfunction. 

Using demonstration videos of techniques to treat some of the most common Upper GI conditions in both seated and supine positions that you can watch over and over for up to one year, you will practice assessing and treating common dysfunctions of the Upper Gastro Intestinal Tract to provide immediate symptomatic relief to your clients and patients. 

Homework assignments to practice both assessing and treating upper GI Dysfunctions earn you eight hands on practice hours and twelve theory hours for a total of 20 CEU/CPD hours. 

A Certificate of Completion is awarded after successfully submitting all homework assignments.

The mechanics of the Upper GI System are complex, so understanding them is crucial to providing effective treatment.

Thankfully, Maureen has the unique gift of being able to explain complex concepts is easy to understand ways. 

The Upper GI Tract is an area where many conflicting forces, including mechanical traction, meet. The esopha­gus and upper part of the stomach are affected simultaneously by the  negative pressure within the thorax and the positive pressure within the  abdomen, leading to a variety of mechanical pathol­ogies in this region. 

In this course you will learn how the organs of the upper gastro intestinal tracts intersect and affect each other.

You will also learn to master the evaluation and treatment of them successfully to provide your patients with reliefs from common conditions such as :



Hiatal hernias

and more...

A copy of the desktop version PDF of the Workbook is available for download at the end of the course.

Course Curriculum

  • 2

    Module 1. Functional Anatomy, Referred Pain Pathways & Dermatomes of the GI Tract

    • 1.1 The Upper Gastro Intestinal Track & Pressure Gradients or Variations in Volume Pressure

    • 1.1 The Upper Gastro Intestinal Track & the Principle of Organ Mobility

    • 1.1 Summary of Important Osteopathic Principles of the Upper GI Track

    • 1.1 Typical Referred Pain Pathways – Dermatomes

    • 1.1 Demonstration Video - Locating the Anterior & Posterior Dermatomes of the Upper GI Tract

    • Download - Practicing Locating the Upper GI Organs & their Dermatomes

    • Did you do our Hands-On Practice ?

  • 3

    Functional Anatomy of the Stomach

    • Physiologic Location of the Stomach in Relation to the Spine

    • The Stomach

    • Relationship of the Diaphragm to the Stomach

    • Mobility of the Stomach

  • 4

    Module 1 Quiz

    • Module 1 Quiz

  • 5

    Module 2 Goals of the Upper GI Osteopathic Treatment and Common Symptoms

  • 6

    Module 2 Quiz

    • Module 2 Quiz

  • 7

    Module 3 Quiz

    • Module 3 Quiz

  • 8

    Module 4. Review of the Thorax & Diaphragm in relation to the Stomach

    • Functional Anatomy of the Thorax & Diaphragm

    • The Progressive Movements of the Diaphragm and Thorax During Pulmonary Breathing

    • Lateral Expansion of the Thorax & Diaphragm during Mobilization

    • Movement of the Stomach along with Movement of the Diaphragm

    • Everyday Causes & Symptoms of a Restricted Diaphragm

  • 9

    Module 4. 3. Palpation & Treatment of the Diaphragm

    • 4.3.1 Intro to Training Videos - How Visceral Osteopathy can re-establish the functional equilibrium of the diaphragm

    • How the audio and video lessons will help your learning experience

    • Explanation - Testing for Restrictions within the Diaphragm Muscles (Anterior Supine Position)

    • Training Video -Testing for Restrictions Within the Diaphragm Muscles (Anterior Supine Position)

    • Explanation - Anterior Supine Techniques to Stretch and Release the Diaphragm Muscles

    • Training Video - Anterior Supine Techniques to Stretch and Release the Diaphragm Muscles

    • Explanation - Myofascial Stretch of the Lateral Borders of the Diaphragm

    • TRAINING VIDEO - Myofascial Stretch of the Lateral Borders of the Diaphragm

    • Explanation - Using Vibration in a Seated Technique to Release the Abdominal Diaphragm

    • Training Video - Using Vibration in a Seated Technique to Release the Abdominal Diaphragm

  • 10

    Module 5. 2. Postural Causes of Ptosis of the Stomach

    • Gastric Ptosis & Prolonged Arm Posture

    • Other Causes of Gastic Irritative Syndromes

    • What is Gastric Ptosis?

  • 11

    Module 5. 3. The Stomach's Main Causes of Hiatal Hernia

    • Hiatal Hernias of the Stomach

    • The principal causes of hiatus hernias

    • Mechanical Syndromes in Hiatal Hernias & Reflux

  • 12

    Module 5. Section 4. Palpation & Treatment of the Stomach

    • Locating the Stomach on Yourself

    • Locating the Stomach on your Client in a Seated and Supine Position Olga

    • Evaluating Stomach Mobility & Motility in a Seated Position

    • Evaluating & Treating Stomach Motility in a Supine Position

    • Palpation & Treatment of mobility of the stomach in relation to the aesophagus

  • 13

    Module 6. Advanced Stomach Treatment Techniques

    • Introducing the Training Videos of Upper GI Visceral Treatment

    • Video Demonstration - Recoil Techniques to Release Adhesions & Rebalance Intra-Thoracic Volume Pressure

    • Video Demonstration - Stomach in a State of Ptosis - Treatment to Reduce Gastric Ptosis and restore elasticity & movement of the stomach

    • Stomach Being Pulled Upwards - Seated Technique for Treating Hiatal Hernia

  • 14

    Homework Assignments

    • How to Practice the techniques you learned and what is required of you for your homework assignments

  • 15

    About your Instructor

    • Maureen Norah Maher, BA, DO(Qc), DOMP Osteopath Practitioner and Educator

    • How to Contact us

About the instructor

Educational Director & Instructor

Maureen Hannah Maher

Since Maureen began teaching, she found that not only does she have a natural gift for it (her parents were both teachers, so let hear it for genetics!), she found that she also holds a great desire to give back to the community and a profession that has been so fulfilling to her, and share over fifteen years of acquired experience and knowledge.   Maureen brings extensive knowledge in Osteopathy  to her educational seminars.  Throughout her career, Maureen has been an accredited member in good standing in several provinces across Canada, as well as overseas, including being an Associate Overseas member of the Australian Osteopathic Association (AOA) since 2008.  After undergoing accreditation evaluation for foreign trained Osteopaths in Perth, WA, Maureen was offered a practice in one of Singapore's leading Osteopathic Clinics, giving her the distinction of having been the first Canadian trained Osteopath to be approved to practice  in South East Asia.   Right before the worldwide economic collapse, Maureen was offered a position in Shanghai China, which required accreditation with the GOSC, UK, which she underwent, but as prevailing economic conditions worsened, the position was put on hold, and Maureen then settled in Toronto, Canada, where after reluctantly accepting a poorly paid teaching contract, her students began asking her to design courses in more specialized subjects within Osteopathy.  It was not long after that Maureen founded the Center for Continuing Education where she continued to innovate every day!Maureen has collaborated in the curriculum design with various new Osteopathic schools, and teaches continuing education seminars across Canada and Europe.  Her students say that Maureen's teaching style is animated, engaging, but most importantly, informative.  Her gift lies in communicating complex theories in simple terms and analogies.  Her students come away with a clear grasp of Osteopathic concepts for treatment, and practical knowledge of how to apply them.  Students who enroll in any of our continuing education seminars can contact Maureen at any future date with clinical questions.  As a result, many Osteopaths worldwide still consult with her today regarding challenging Osteopathy cases.  

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