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John O’Brien

May 16, 2015 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

ANNOUNCING: John O’Brien visiting the CICO for a ONE-DAY EVENT on Saturday May 16 from 10am to 4pm

This event will discuss three areas:

Still and Littlejohn

  • How they shaped early osteopathy. The rise of reform groups intent on procuring full medical licences and aftermath of the Flexner type reforms in the mid 1930s.

The development and evolution of osteopathy in Europe, its different emphasis to the US model.

  • In 1926, ostracised by their American trained colleagues, significant groups from the North, West and London united at the British School of Osteopathy to become UK trained osteopaths under the tutelage of J Martin Littlejohn. After his death in 1947, Five persons at the British School of Osteopathy decided to drastically amend the school curriculum. Through judgement and some luck, they changed osteopathy’s direction in the UK and successive generations of graduates expanded its influence to Europe, the Antipodes, Canada and South America.

Osteopathic principles; practical aspects of interpreting osteopathic principles within 21st century clinical studies

  • Although each generation must interpret principles to suit their communities, we are in exciting times where we can offer an alternative ethos and influence patients to address a different perception based on personal responsibility, being at the heart of health. Many attend our clinics assuming that their physical problem is central and immediate but often, underlying dysfunction, less apparent, needs our attention as well. This lecture suggests we can be more clinically effective by applying osteopathic principles. Significantly, not only combining strategy to alleviate both, symptomatic pain and dysfunction but also making a substantial difference to people’s lives.


John O’Brien graduated from the British School of Osteopathy (BSO) in 1966. He practised as an Osteopath in Oxford from 1966 to 2006.

O’Brien was a lecturer in Minor Surgery at the BSO (1966-69); Research Officer & Council member of the Osteopathic Association of Great Britain (1967-1970); Lecturer: Osteopathic History and Principles of Osteopathy and Principal Tutor for the Department of Clinical studies at the BSO (1987-1992). O’Brien taught History, Principles of Osteopathy, Surface Anatomy & Palpation at Oxford School of Osteopathy, Oxford Brookes University

John O’Brien held the position of Moderator and final clinical competence examiner for the General Council and Register of Osteopaths and General Osteopathic Council (1986-2007).

He was the Final Clinical Examiner in Belgium & Holland (1986-1999) . He won a Merit award for his 2007 dissertation titled UK Osteopathy: The First Fifty Years.

John O’Brien is a Founder of National Osteopathic Archive History Society (2009- present).

He was Co-founder of National Osteopathic Archive (2011); Co-archivist at the National Osteopathic Archive (2011-2012) and Sole archivist National Osteopathic Archive (2012-present).

During the past eight years, John O’Brien has been traveling throughout the United Kingdom collecting material from institutions and individuals but also, accumulating oral history interviews with senior members of the profession. His new book, J Martin Littlejohn: pioneer in osteopathic functional medicine will be out this year.

Registration form is attached. Payment must be made at time of registration to hold your spot.


May 16, 2015
10:00 am - 4:00 pm


Canadian Institute of Classical Osteopathy
1 (866) 320-9898


Canadian Academy of Osteopathy
66 Ottawa Street North
Hamilton, Ontario L8H 3Z1 Canada
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1 (866) 320-9898