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2017 OPSO OMT Seminar - The Percussion Hammer
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9/15/2017 to 9/17/2017
Where: Downtown Portland Embassy Suites
319 SW Pine Street
Portland, Oregon  97204
United States

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Based on the life exploration, philosophy and osteopathic practice of Robert C. Fulford, DO, this course will present concepts and techniques provided by expert faculty to equip attendees with a mastery level of understanding. The course will focus on the use of the percussion hammer, which was pioneered by Dr. Fulford. In the mid 1990s an advanced course was developed to allow participants to grasp the far-reaching osteopathic healing concepts that were at the core of Dr. Fulford's original teachings. 




When Richard W. Koss, DO, completed his undergraduate degree at Springfield College in Massachusetts, he planned to teach physical education, but an encounter with Bertha Miller, DO, changed his focus to osteopathic medicine. In 1982, Dr. Koss graduated from what is now the A.T. Still University-Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSU-KCOM) in Missouri, after which he served in the U.S. Air Force Medical Corps for four years as a general medical officer, first at McChord Air Force Base near Tacoma, Washington, and then at Robins Air Force Base in Warner Robins, Georgia. Dr. Koss first attended a percussion course taught by Robert C. Fulford, DO, in 1987 when Dr. Koss was a resident in osteopathic manipulative medicine at ATSU-KCOM. Two years later, Dr. Fulford invited Dr. Koss to be a table trainer for a percussion course. Dr. Koss continued to assist Dr. Fulford until Dr. Fulford's death in 1997.




The host venue is the Embassy Suites located at 319 SW Pine, Portland OR. To receive the discount group lodging rate call 800-643-7892 or visit





Friday, September 15

7:30am-8:00:  Registration/Check In & Breakfast


8:00-9:00:  OMT Session | Introductory concepts: Dr. Still (pg 36), “Touch of Life,” Def. Doctor/physician | r. Fulford’s History of vibration and percussion. (Dr. Fulfords’s quote) | Video of Dr. Fulford, history (20 mins) | Comments and clarification.


9:00-9:15:  BREAK


9:15- 11:30:  Case Studies: Video of boy with chronic otitis media. (Dr.Weil ‘s video) | Dr. Fulford: Legacy paper | Steroid dependent  asthma in 8 year old female. | Tibial torsion in 2 ½  year old boy scheduled for serial casting | Fascia, bioelectric properties, trauma, life force, energy | LAB SESSION: Groups of two: general treatment of one leg (Dr.’s normal approach    to hip, knee, or ankle) | Diagnosis of subtle motion/energy |   Assess the delicate motion = “subtle energy” | Use of correct hand on the sensory side of body | Tube of water exercises: “Thoughts are things” | Think vs do (Mind) | Energy follows thought | Thoughts are energy which is vibration | Anatomy; quantum physics, solids vs energy | “Green Sky Osteopathy” | Magnet Exercises


11:30-12:15pm: LUNCH


12:15-2:15:  Vibration paper (Fulford Video): comments | Rhythmic balanced interchange paper: (Fulford video) | comments: polarity, neutral, Unity, creator, holograms,  Fulford’s fulcrum | LAB SESSION: Shock release | Percussion/ vibration technique without the percussor.


2:15-2:30:  BREAK


2:30-4:00:  Discussion of the Foredom Motor:  Basic technic in use on patient: Parts / Frequency | Care / Pad pressure | Grease / Vibration/resonance | Clean /  Thought/intention | Repair / Motor as extension of hands | LAB SESSION: “Raising your own vibrational /vital energy.” | Clearing/charging | For patients to keep treatment process going | Exercises (except breathing exercise)


4:00-6:00: OMT Clinical Pearls


Saturday, September 16

7:30-8:00: Breakfast


8:00-10:00: Life energy, E/M fields, Quantum physics |  Vibration, rhythmic balanced interchange | Thoughts are things, think vs do | Percussor as extension and amplifier of Dr’s hands | Law of specific intent/ focus (tension / restriction) | Perfection;  ATStill | Delivery of New Born: Birth process; Trauma to knee, Shoulder, head | LAB SESSION: Diagnosis 1) Traditional diagnosis as taught in school 2) Tube of water/ subtle energy 3) Tibial Tubercle | LAB SESSION: Treatment of knee | Location of percussor pad | Frequency | Pad pressure (rhythmic balanced interchange) | Vibrational resonance of restriction | Dr.’s focus of attention/thought | Bring to fulcrum | Feel release | Discussion


10:00-10:15: BREAK


10:15-12:30: LAB SESSION: Diagnosis and use of percussor on: Ankle | Foot | Trochanter | Technic to treat knee with hands


12:30-1:30: LUNCH


1:30-3:45: LAB SESSION: Diagosis and use of percussor on: Sacro-coccygeal junction | Sacrum | PSIS | L3


3:45-4:00: BREAK


4:00-6:00: Breath paper | LAB SESSION: Breathing exercise: Piston breath | Review and perform exercises from day one | Discussion/Questions | Case history: 35 year old man with scoliosis | 16day old, failure to thrive


Sunday, September 17

6:30am: Fit for LIfe Run or Walk


7:30-8:00: Breakfast


8:00-10:00: Treatment reactions | Common faults with the percussion hammer | Disclaimer: 4 months | LAB SESSION: diagnose and use percussor on: Lumbar | Thoracic (no higher than C7) | Manipulative procedures


10:00-10:15: BREAK


10:15-11:00: Legislative Update / OPSO Annual Meeting


11:00-12:30: LAB SESSION: Diagnose and use percussor on: Diaphragm( right to left) |  Cervical spine | Upper extremity: Shoulder | Elbow | Wrist/hand | Clavicle











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