May 17, 2018

Hosted by: Osteopathic Health Centre

Time: 9am – 5pm

CPD: Applied

Registration Fee: 

AED 1,260 (inclusive of VAT)

AED 840 for Emirates Osteopathic Conference participants  (inclusive of VAT)

To register, please send an email to ayesha@


This will be a highly interactive one-day lecture and practical workshop focused on chronic visceral pain, its epidemiology, mechanisms and osteopathic treatment.

Theoretical lecture

In the theoretical part of the day, Phil Austin will first present the often complex and multifactorial causes of visceral pain such as early life stress and altered gut microbiota composition. Second, he will talk about the unique and fascinating mechanisms of visceral pain that are quite different from that of somatic pain. Knowledge of these differences are essential not only for diagnosis, but importantly for clinical management. Third, he will present and discuss a number of multidisciplinary treatment options available to practitioners working in manual therapy settings.

Practical workshop

In addition to the demonstration of osteopathic techniques associated with treatment of the viscera, we shall also discuss how to integrate information relating to other types of treatment used for people with chronic visceral pain disorders.

About Dr Phil Austin

Phil Austin is a UK-trained osteopath and researcher who holds a PhD in pain medicine. His research interests include the assessment of endogenous pain modulation, the effect of virtual reality on neuropathic pain severity and painful chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathies. Phil’s clinical areas of interest include the effects of work-related stress on the severity and duration of musculoskeletal pain in computer-workers. Phil also works as an adjunct tutor for the M.Sc in Clinical Management of Pain at the University of Edinburgh and University of Sydney while also being involved in various areas of palliative care research at Greenwich Hospital in Sydney.