Neurovisceral integrative model and its application in osteopathy

Aeroparc Gilze-Rijen
Coffee / tea, lunch & syllabus
Pascal Grolaux and DO

€ 660.00



11 Nov until 13 Nov
09:00 - 17:00


Self-study not necessary


Accreditation NRO
21 hours / 21 points
Requested NOF
Requested GNRPO

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About Pascal Grolaux


Pascal Grolaux graduated in osteopathy from the John Wernham Academy of Classical Osteopathy (JWACO) (B) in association with the Maidstone College of Osteopathy (JWACO/MCO) (UK) (1995) and from the Ecole Suisse de Médecine Ostéopathique, Master Ost. in 1994. He was teacher in applied anatomy and applied neurology and clinic assistant at the JWACO clinic (B) and later in neuro anatomy, neuro semiology and neurology at the Institut pour la Formation en Ostéopathie Grand Avignon (IFOGA), France.

He was Member of the French Task Force (CEN/TC 414) (EN16686) for the European Directive on Osteopathic Education. He lectured in International conference and congress (OsEAN, Barcelona 2014, Berlin 2019 Osteopathic Congress) and at the ICO London Conference in 2018. Pascal Grolaux is specialized in neuroscience practicing and doing research in Canada. He is the only osteopath in Nova Scotia, Canada and in Europe who practice non-invasive vagus nerve stimulation in his daily clinic. He does research in non-invasive vagus nerve stimulation (nVNS) in association with Kinesis Associates Clinic, Dartmouth, NS (Canada) and Dalhousie University, Psychiatry Dpt, Halifax, NS (Canada) and in applied neurology with international co-authors.




The course will focus on the complex neuromodulation of the neurovisceral integrative model that intimately connects the brain to the heart, as enunciated more than 160 years ago by Claude Bernard and reviewed recently to detail the role of the central autonomic network described as an integrated functional unit through which the brain controls visceromotor, neuroendocrine, neuroimmune, behavioral and emotional responses that are critical for psychophysiological adaptability.

We will see how stressors (internal and external) affect the sympatho-vagal balance, modulates cognitive, behavioral, emotional, visceral and endocrino-immune processes, and disrupt the body homeostasis.

You will learn how to analyze the sympatho-vagal balance and why and how an osteopathic treatment could affect it in order to restore and maintain body homeostasis.


Organization of the course


Day 1:

  • Applied neuro anatomy and physiology of the central vagal complex
  • Applied neuro anatomy and physiology of the Central Autonomic network and the Limbic system
  • The autonomic anti-inflammatory pathways and introduction to cellular immunology
  • Discussion and resume of the day

Day 2:

  • Heart rate variability (HRV) as a biomarker of the sympatho-vagal balance
  • The neurovisceral integrative model and Heart Rate Variability
  • Analyzing Heart Rate Variability with portable ECG : normal ECG, arrhythmias, correction of ectopic beats and ECG derived respiration frequency to influence HRV results
  • Practicing short term HRV analysis according to the golden standard protocol
  • Discussion and resume of the day

Day 3:

  • Review of HRV analysis and practice
  • Osteopathic treatment guidelines and practice to mediate better self-regulation of the neurovisceral integrative model to improve the sympatho-vagal balance and visceromotor, neuroendocrine, neuroimmune, emotional and behavioral responses for a better adaptability and body homeostasis
  • Discussion and resume of the course

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