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Disc Herniation

Osteopathic Manual Therapy and Pilates in the Rehabilitation Process for Disc Herniation and Degeneration

By Marliese Steyn

Prior to attending hands-on clinical training, Diploma in Osteopathic Manual Practice (DOMP) students are supported by LCO faculty in preparing a thesis dissertation based on a case study or literature review. As part of our ongoing effort to disseminate osteopathic research, we are proud to highlight selected student works.

In her thesis dissertation, LCO graduate, Marliese Steyn, examines the role that osteopathic techniques in combination with Pilates therapy can potentially play in the rehabilitation of disc herniation and degeneration.

Read more here: https://bit.ly/2XFFIj9

About Marliese Steyn

From a very young age Marliese participated in running and playing tennis.  By the end of her final school year, Marliese was forced to choose between the two. According to Marliese, “If you want to be the best in something you have to give it your full attention and focus.  I chose Athletics (100m and 200m sprinter).”

1989 * Marliese broke the long standing South African Record in the 100m for under 17 girls.  (11,64)

1992 * World Junior Championships in Athletics in Seoul Korea.

1996 * South African Champion in both 100m and 200m (11,30 * 23,08) (Politics prevented me from being chosen for the Olympic team for Atlanta 1996)

1998 * Second in South African Championships in both 100m and 200m (Politics prevented me from being chosen for the Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur)

From 1999 to 2006 injuries such as plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis and tightness in hamstrings got the better of Marliese.  She did rehab upon rehab, eventually relying on her own rehab and training program. As a result, Marliese became a Personal Trainer, Pilates Trainer, Massage therapist and Manual Osteopath.

Clinical Training in Barcelona 2016

Step Inside Our Clinical Training in Barcelona 2016!


From November 14-21, 2016, LCO held its first Clinical Training in beautiful Barcelona, Spain. Participants came from  Europe, North America, and even as far away as the island of Guam to attend the training at an osteopathic clinic, situated inside a 19th century modernist building in the heart of the city. The training was conducted by Jane Dominey, a European-trained osteopath and Canadian, Rita Shpilt (OMT, RMT), who imparted such techniques as muscle energy, balanced ligamentous tension, joint mobilization, facilitated positional release, strain-counterstrain, and cranio-sacral and lymphatic techniques.  During a business class, students had an opportunity to explore the latest developments in social media marketing and learn how to apply them to the specifics of their own practices.


Here is what Sigrid Graber, a naturopath from Germany, said about her clinical training experience,

“The material was absolute sufficient not to be overwhelmed. Rita and Jane are both very experienced therapists and passionate and kind teachers. Priority was always that we understand why we do certain things in a certain way. No question remained unanswered. We had real patients with real feedback. Rita and Jane gave us a lot of confidence in preparing all the different steps with us. Beginning with the moment the patient comes in, the questions we have to ask, the assessments that are important for the different conditions and finding the right treatment plan. I even had the possibility to talk to a real Website Pro to improve my homepage and am very thankful for that. We also had a great social time preparing real paella together. I can just say thank you for this unforgettable time.”