The Endo Enigma (Gold Coast) - Osteopathy

The Endo Enigma (Gold Coast)
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Endometriosis Affects So Much More Than The Pelvis and Pelvic Organs

Body tension, pain postures, inflammation and nerve sensitivity can all have far-reaching consequences. Endo can cause problems with the muscles, nerves, fascia and lymphatic drainage in the legs, back, ribs, shoulders and neck among other places.

Many courses present lots of knowledge but you leave unsure how to apply it. The Endo Enigma has taken a cutting-edge understanding of endometriosis, inflammation and pain science and combined it with traditional osteopathic principles and philosophy to develop a clinical reasoning framework you can easily apply to help people with endometriosis and persistent pelvic pain in your clinical practice.

In this one-day course participants will gain an understanding of what endometriosis REALLY is and what causes it - debunking many current myths. You will learn an individualized assessment and treatment plan for patients with suspected or diagnosed endo and how it fits within the context of an interdisciplinary team.

The Endo Enigma has a strong practical focus including treatment protocols that you can use to make a significant impact on your patients’ lives including myofascial, lymphatic, visceral and other external manual techniques for pelvic pain, how lifestyle changes such as diet and breathing exercises can help, pre- and post-surgical support, and much more.

Learning Objectives

  • What is endometriosis really? *Hint: It’s more than a pain in the uterus!
  • Learn the language to describe what endo is and isn’t, and what causes it
  • Understand the physiology of the pain generating mechanisms associated with endo
  • Discover a clinical framework for the individualized assessment and treatment of your patients with suspected or diagnosed endometriosis
  • Review the relevant, unique osteopathic treatment models for pain, lymphatics and central/peripheral sensitization and understand how osteopathy can fit into an endo management tool-kit
  • Learn myofascial, lymphatic and visceral techniques that help people with endometriosis
  • Learn to apply external approaches to pelvic floor release and external manual techniques for pelvic pain with informed consent in your practice
  • Learn to become a confident, communicating member of an interdisciplinary team managing people with endometriosis
  • Discover how lifestyle changes such as diet and breathing exercises can help with symptomatic endo
  • Learn how to support your endo patients both pre- and post-surgically

Course Details

The Endo Enigma course is applicable to all allied health manual therapy practitioners. You’ll leave with a framework for developing an assessment and treatment plan for patients with suspected or diagnosed endometriosis. Internal techniques will not be demonstrated.

The course will run from 8:30AM to 4PM. Places are limited to 20 attendees. It also includes morning and afternoon tea and an e-certificate of attendance for your CPD records. The course can be counted as 7 hours CPD.

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Course Fee (Incl. GST)$348Book
Contact Hours:

7.0 hrs


Sun, 04 June 2023

Start Time:

8:30 AM


1 Day






Southern Cross University, Gold Coast Campus

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Gold Coast Airport, Terminal Dr, Bilinga,
Gold Coast, Queensland,
Australia, 4225

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Sarah Dryburgh

B.App.Sci (Hum.Bio) M.Ost(Hons)

Sarah has been practicing as an Osteopath for over a decade and treated hundreds of people with endometriosis and pelvic pain. In conjuction with her colleague Rebbeca Malon she developed her CPD course The Endo Enigma inspired by osteopathy's whole-body approach and it's integration of body systems including the fascial system, lymphatic drainage and neural system.

Sarah completed her Bachelor of applied science (Human Biology) and Master of Osteopathy with honours in 2011. She completed her master’s thesis on chronic low back pain, focusing on the importance of education in chronic conditions. She has also completed additional studies in breathing through the BradCliff Method, women's health issues (particularly around chronic pelvic pain), pudendal neuralgia, endometriosis and extensive additional training in the neurobiology of pain, which is useful for many conditions.

Sarah currently runs Pivot Osteopthay based in Kelvin Grove, Brisbane and tutors in the Biomedical Sciences Department at the University of Queensland. She also has a fellowship in Lifestyle Medicine through the Australiasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine.

Sarah has been a frequent guest presenter on various women’s health panels and also created and ran a Women’s Health Symposium in Brisbane 2019. She is currently writing a book titled Whole Body Endo, focusing on the forgotten body, and looking beyond the pelvis for endo management, understanding how the body is integral to endometriosis management.

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Rebecca Malon

BAppSci.(Osteo) M.Ost. RMIT, BHSc.(NutDiet) EndevColl

Rebecca is based on the Sunshine Coast and has been practricing as an Osteopath for over 10 years. In clinic she primarily treats women's health issues focusing on pelvic pain, hormonal health, preconception, pregnancy and postpartum which led her to develop The Endo Enigma CPD course with her colleague Sarah Dryburgh.

She graduated RMIT with a Masters Degree in Osteopathy in 2010 and completed her Bachelor of Health Science (Nutritional and Dietetic Medicine) in 2019.

In addition to her clinical role Rebecca is a lecturer and Curriculum Facilitator in the Myotherapy Department at Endeavour College of Natural Health and is the Queensland practitioner member for the Osteopathy Board of Australia.

Rebecca has been a contributor to multiple women’s health and endometriosis panels including presenting for University of Melbourne, Hypnobirthing Australia and QENDO. She has contributed two articles to OsteoLife Magazine on endometriosis and how nutrition and osteopathy can play a crucial role in the endometriosis care plan. Rebecca has also held a volunteer position as a facilitator and educator for QENDO and has worked with Women’s Health and Equality Queensland providing osteopathic care in a trauma informed manner to abuse survivors and those suffering chronic pelvic pain.

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