Nordic Osteopathic Congress 2021 

October 30, 2021 @ 11:00 – October 31, 2021 @ 17:00 UTC+2



The 3rd Nordic Osteopathic Congress titled ‘Finding and Supporting Health 2.0’ will take place from the 30th until the 31st of October, 2021. The event is held and presented on-line from Helsinki, Finland. 

This outstanding event is being organized by the Finnish Osteopathic Association in the framework of the Nordic Osteopathic Alliance, NOA. The congresses have been organized since 2018, the Nordic associations taking turns in organizing the events.  

We will get together virtually to hear lectures related to osteopathy and different aspects of health. The congress will be streamed from a tv-studio in Helsinki. Being on-line enables osteopaths from all over the world to get together, learn and exchange ideas. 

Some of our lecturers will be present in the studio, others lecturing from their home countries. Each lecture will be followed by a Q&A-session led by presidents and board members of the different Nordic osteopathic associations.  

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Programme Saturday 30.10.2021


8.45 9.45 10.45 Connection opens – Helsinkivideo  
9.00 10.00 11.00 Welcome and opening words  
9.15 10.15 11.15 On the concept of health in osteopathy today Christian Fossum
10.15 11.15 12.15 Coffee break + meet fellow attendees  
10.45 11.45 12.45 Understanding people, practice and osteopathy through theory and research Oliver Thomson
11.45 12.45 13.45 Lunch break  
13.00 14.00 15.00 Psycho-Neuro-Endocrino-Immunology (PNEI) meets Osteopathy Monika Ebner
14.00 15.00 16.00 Nordic Osteopathic Congress Social  
14.30 15.30 16.30 End of Day 1  

 Programme Sunday 31.10.2021

8.45 9.45 10.45 Connection opens  
9.00 10.00 11.00 Opening of Day 2 – Nordic Morning Coffee  
9.30 10.30 11.30 Interoception’s contribution to health promotion: from theory to practice Francesco Cerritelli
10.30 11.30 12.30 Coffee break  
11.00 12.00 13.00 Contemporary osteopathy- supporting national future health needs Dawn Carnes
12.00 13.00 14.00 Coffee break  
12.30 13.30 14.30 Closing session  
13.00 14.00 15.00 End of Day 2  

The lecturers  

We are very happy to present the lecturers of our event, and their current topics. Each talk will be 45 minutes long. They will be followed by a 15 minute Q&A session, led by one of the presidents or board members of the Nordic associations. It will be possible to send in your questions via the chat function of the stream. 

The lecturers are presented here in the order of the presentation.  

Christian Fossum 

D.O., Associate Professor, School of Health Sciences, Kristiania University College, Norway

The Concept of Health in Osteopathy

The word “Health” in osteopathic usage is a very slippery word. “To find health” is a much-quoted axiomatic statement dating back to first being used by the founder of the profession, but mostly used without qualifying the content and intention. In this presentation, we will review the broader concept of health in osteopathy in the context of the principle of a person being a dynamic unit of functions through body, mind and spirit. 

Monica Ebner

MSc., D.O., PT 

Psycho-Neuro-Endocrino-Immunology (PNEI) meets Osteopathy

The idea of understanding the way the human body works is what osteopathy and PNEI have in common. So connecting the old (osteopathy) and the fairly new (PNEI) makes perfect sense. This keynote should give a little insight about how tissues react to certain triggers and how we as osteopaths can use this knowledge. 

Francesco Cerritelli

PhD in neuroscience, DO – President of Foundation COME Collaboration 

Interoception’s contribution to health promotion: from theory to practice

The lecture will introduce, discuss, and demonstrate how to apply the concept of interoception in clinical practice, with a particular emphasis on manual therapies, specifically osteopathy. Additionally, the lecture will discuss new evidence supporting the use of interoception as a tool for health promotion and maintenance. 

Oliver Thomson

PhD, Associate Professor/Osteopath and Host of The Words Matter Podcast 

Understanding people, practice and osteopathy through theory and research

This talk will present new ways to think with theory and qualitative research to better understand patients, ourselves and the practice of osteopathy.

Dawn Carnes

Trained osteopath, psychologist and health services researcher (B.Sc. (Hons) Psych, P.G.Dip. Hum. Res., B.Sc. (Hons) Ost., Ph.D) 

Contemporary osteopathy – Supporting national future health needs

In this talk we will cover global western trends in health and effective models of health service delivery. We will consider how we determine whether care is effective and present new trends in research and how this may impact osteopathy. We will then link together the information and consider the role of osteopathy and the role of the osteopath in meeting the health needs of a nation. I will present the idea of the ’contemporary osteopath’ who is capable of delivering care to meet those needs.