Muscle Function Course


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Muscle Function Course

Optimizing Your Ability to Use Osteopathic Manipulative Therapy to Improve the Medicine of the Body

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Optimizing Your Ability to Use Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment to Improve the Medicine of the Body

Six Sundays – April 25-May 9 and May 23-June 6
12 to 2 p.m. Eastern/ 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Pacific (Session 6 is 12:00-2:30/9:00-11:30)
Attendance limited to experienced Osteopathic Cranial Academy faculty along with physicians who have taken previous courses with Judy Lewis, DO, FAAO, FCA

This course is designed specially for experienced Osteopathic Cranial Academy faculty along with OCA members who have taken previous courses with Dr. Judy Lewis. Each session includes a 90-minute lecture plus a 30-minute lab using Qigong, the system of coordinated body posture and movement (Session 2 lecture is two hours).

Course Director: Judith L. Lewis, DO, FAAO, FCA


Members:   $599 ($499 by April 9)

Non-Members:  $799 ($699 by April 9)


This preliminary Zoom course covers basic concepts of ideal posture and movement for the human biped, with the intention of optimizing the physiology of the body.  The thought process behind this work is fundamentally based on the order in which Dr. Viola Frymann presented osteopathy as a medical science, both in lectures and in lunchtime weekly session of palpating for tissue quality. Since tissue respiration occurred in these soft tissues, it seemed appropriate to consider the maintenance of soft tissue quality as the most fundamental requirement of ideal posture.

The findings from this approach to posture are surprisingly different than that found in other models, including the tensegrity model. I have consistently experienced a fascial relationship between the Chapman points, one which alters the biomechanics of the system. This course will focus on finding and treating these Chapman lymphatic system points as a foundation for creating ideal posture.  Treatment requires that the PRM create the change. The Chapman control of the lymphatic system around the knee will address treatment of obstructions in fluid control including effusions and Baker’s cyst.

One week prior to the Zoom meeting, each session will be preceded by an email to participants, giving them an understanding of the principles of the session so they can explore this in their practice as they assess patients. Following the 90-minute lecture/demonstration, there will be a 30-minute lab of Qigong, a system of coordinated body posture and movement in which the head rises and body falls from the head. It will be taught by Ray Yueh, who has been teaching Qigong for Dr. Lewis’ patients for several years.

CME Credit and Registration Note

The Osteopathic Cranial Academy has requested that the AOA Council on Continuing Medical Education approve this program for 12.5 hours of Category 1-A AOA CME. Approval is currently pending.

PLEASE NOTE: If you register for this course and do not meet the eligibility requirements for it, your tuition payment will be refunded, minus a $25 processing fee. If you have any questions about your eligibility, please contact the OCA office before registering.

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You are eligible to register for the virtual conference if you are a:

  • Osteopathic Cranial Academy Faculty or prior participant in Dr. Judith Lewis’ Muscle Function Course.

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Course Schedule

Course Schedule

Session 1 (April 25)
Overview of posture and movement

Session 2 (May 2)
Impact of torque on soft myofascial system; ideal opposing muscle function

Session 3 (May 9)
Ideal mechanics of how the upper extremity deals with torque

(One-week break May 16)

Session 4 (May 23)
Ideal mechanics of secondary respiration—abdominal muscles that oppose the back

Session 5 (May 30)
Addressing treatment of viscerosomatic strains of thoracic vertebrae

Session 6 (June 6)
The posterior body of muscles—how the head rises; trapezius

About the Course Instructors

About the Course Instructors

Judy L. Lewis, DO, FAAO, FCA, has been in practice as an osteopathic physician in Seattle since 1986. She graduated from Reed College in 1965. After working in research in the medical field, she returned to osteopathic medical school to learn about the health and well-being of the whole person. She is a past president of the Osteopathic Cranial Academy and the Washington Osteopathic Medical Association. She served as director of the OCA Introductory Course from 1993–1995 and 2001–2005.

Ray Yueh is a lifelong student of Chinese martial arts and a teacher of Hunyuan Taiji and Qigong since 2016. He began his training in 2004 at the Taoist Studies Institute under the tutelage of Master Mo Zhicheng (Harrison Moretz), training in Hunyuan Taiji, Qigong, Bagua Zhang and Tuina (Chinese medical massage). Ray is currently a faculty member of Taoist Studies Institute and Seattle Institute of East Asian Medicine.



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