3602 – Intro to Aquatic Spinal Manipulations

Advanced / 4-hour Workshop


Recorded in Sanibel, FL / Wednesday, June 28, 2017 – 8:00 am-12:00 pm

(Classroom: 8:00-10:00 am/ Pool: 10:00 am-12:00 pm)


Faculty: Michael Dufresne, BA, DO



The aim of this workshop is to familiarize the attendee with the major anatomical and neural interactions between the different spinal levels and their related organs. The importance of these organs and their implications in spinal dysfunctions, and in back pain in general, will be discussed. We will cover an anatomical review of the major links between major organs and their corresponding spinal levels. We will then cover SAFE and effective manual techniques to release myofascial and articular dysfunctions of these structures as they can interfere with the proper functioning of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine.



1)  Assess the cervical, thoracic, lumbar spine for differential diagnosis between, osteo-articular, myofascial or visceral dysfunctions.

2)  Determine spinal mobility tests: antero-posterior, side-bending, rotation.

3)  Examine the mobility of sacro-iliac joints.


FACULTY:  Michael Dufresne, DO, practices traditional and aquatic osteopathy and he is a professor at College d’Etudes Osteopathiques in Canada. He brings a practical approach to multiple health dysfunctions with the use of osteo-articular, visceral as well as cranial techniques. Michel has co-written a research thesis on the adaptation of therapeutic principles of osteopathy into the aquatic environment and does research in this area. He holds seminars and workshops on Aquatic Osteopathy internationally and has been a faculty instructor with the Aquatic Therapy & Rehab Institute since 2000.