About the Therapist

FaceKent Osborn PT, MTC earned his physical therapy degree from the University of Florida in 1994. In 1996, while living on the west coast of the United States, he took his first osteopathic manual therapy(OMT) course with Loren Rex D.O.  He has accrued over 1000 hours of varied continuing education since then that including a 2 year program osteopathic manual therapy approaches and certifications in:

1. manual therapy certification from St. Augustine University

2. trigger point dry needling certification from Drs. Jan Dommerholt and Robert Gerwin 

3. fascial manipulation certification from the Associazione Manipolazione Fasciale of Luigi Stecco

His treatment approach integrates the evaluation and principles of osteopathic manual therapy with modern systems such as: trigger point dry needling, primal reflex release technique and viscero-somatic manipulation. The mix of approaches depends greatly on the problems and needs of each patient. Exercise makes up a very small portion of his Atlanta practice.

While most therapists focus entirely on muscles, joints and soft tissue(mechanical issues), this practice focuses on the nervous system’s role in maintaining pain and dysfunction. Muscle and joint tightness or pain are often just reflections of how the nervous system has adapted or of irritation of organ systems.  Why do many women complain of neck stiffness and headaches tied to the reproductive organs?  Because the nervous system is wired that way.  Simply focusing on the headache would be like focusing on a man’s left arm pain that arises whenever he runs. Most people would recognize that such a complaint is likely due to a heart attack. It would be malpractice to ignore this likelihood. Yet most PTs still view a frozen shoulder as a shoulder problem for example. If multiple professionals have tried and failed, they haven’t known where to look.  There are ‘handles’ through which to affect the nervous system.  They go far beyond massaging where it hurts or manipulating a joint in your back and hoping that the nervous system will react beneficially.

Here is a list of some of Kent Osborn’s continuing education highlights:

Loren Rex D.O.: URSA Foundation

  • URSA Silver Series(program in osteopathic approach) 2001-2003
  • Cranial Mobilization-Direct and Indirect Technique
  • 3 in 1 course-IT Band, T-9 Syndrome, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
  • Introduction to Chapman’s Reflexes
  • Chapman’s Reflexes for the Respiratory System
  • Evaluation and Treatment of the Cervical Spine and Cranial Base
  • Evaluation and Treatment of the Myalgia Patient
  • Introduction to Muscle Energy Technique: Lumbar,Sacrum,Pelvis—twice
  • Adaptations of the Body to Internal and External Injury
  • Assessment of the Walk Cycle for the Manual Therapist
  • Understanding Mechanical Adaptations in Acute and Chronic Conditions
  • The Role of the Vagus Nerve in Health and Disease
  • The Role of the Sympathetic Nervous System in Health & Disease

Edward G. Stiles D.O., FAAO: Stylized Osteopathic Seminars(Oklahoma)

  • Muscle Energy Techniques-lower half of the body
  • Muscle Energy Techniques-upper half of the body
  • Advanced Clinical Pearls
  • Functional Indirect Technique
  • Craniosacral Techniques

Mariano Rocabado DPT, Professor Universidad Andres Bello, Santiago de Chile

  • Beginning Cranio Facial (TMJ)
  • Intermediate Cranio Facial (TMJ)
  • Advanced Cranio Facial (TMJ)

Janet G. Travell MD Seminar Series-Trigger Point Dry Needling Certification instructed by: Robert Gerwin MD, FAAN, Jan Dommerholt, PT, DPT,MS/MPS, DAAPM

  • MPS-1: Foundations of Trigger Point Examination and Treatment
  • MPS-2: Head, Face, Neck and Shoulder Pain
  • MPS-3: Low back and Pelvic Pain
  • MPS-4: Extremity
  • MPS-5: Review and Examination-Certification

Associazione Manipolazione Fasciale(Fascial Manipulation Association) Luigi Stecco PT Padova Italy

Fascial Manipulation Level 1(A and B)

Fascial Manipulation Level 2(A and B)

Laurie Hartman D.O., PhD  Thrust: Theory and Technique for Spine and Extremity 2000

North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy 

  • NAIOMT 500 Level I
  • NAIOMT 720 Advanced Clinical Reasoning and Differential Diagnosis
  • NAIOMT 765 Functional Shoulder
  • NAIOMT 775 Headaches, Dizziness, & Chronic Neck Pain

Institute of Physical Art: 

  • PNF 1 A Functional & Biomechanical Approach to PNF
  • Functional Gait: Component Assessment and Treatment

Myofascial Release Seminars with John Barnes: 

  • Myofascial Release I
  • Myofascial Release II
  • Myofascial Unwinding

Manual Therapy Certification through the University of St. Augustine 1999

University of St. Augustine Manual Therapy Seminars: S1, S2, S3, S4, E1, MF1

Vladimir Janda: Functions of muscles in musculoskeletal pain syndromes

John Iams Pain Reflex Release Technology PRRT Seminar—twice

Barral Institute of Visceral Manipulation: Abdomen 1(VM1)

Tom Dalonzo-Baker Total Motion Release—twice

Brian Mulligan: Manual Therapy

Orofacial Pain: Introduction, History and Examination

The Eclectic Approach to TMD Part A and B

Functional Applications in Pelvic Rehabilitation: Part A and B

2 thoughts on “About the Therapist”

  1. Ronnie Shorenstein says:

    I am looking for an osteopath who will do manipulation for my lower back. I have gone to chiropractors who have helped, but most are too forceful. I need VERY GENTLE manipulation. After my joint is in place, I can swim and do exercises and walk to build up strength. I am 69 years old and want to have my spine adjusted when it goes out of place and then build up muscle strength. I want to exercise every day but I have had a problem for weeks, and all chiropractors were at a conference and I finally went to one who was about ten times too forceful and I am back on pain pills. All my MD can do is give me pain pills and cortisone and tell me to wait for a long time until the pain goes away.

    1. kentosborn1@gmail.com says:

      Ronnie, I don’t know where you live but there are therapists who use the gentler osteopathic techniques to deal with problems. I described some of them on other pages. Thrust techniques were used by osteopaths before chiropractors existed but those aren’t the only tool in the tool box. There aren’t that many osteopaths who do any manual therapy in the U.S. at this point.

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