Conference OSTEOPATHY & WHITE NIGHTS 2014: From the Origin up to the Present Days English version Русская версия

Adrian Barns


The ESO is sad to announce that Adrian passed away on Thursday February 6th 2014 after collapsing in the gym. The School sends its condolences to his wife Janet, Ian, Emma and the family.

Adrian became the Principal of the ESO in April 2007. He worked closely with the Board of Trustees, senior management team, staff and faculty to place the School in its current strong position, both educationally and financially. He worked to further develop the School’s reputation internationally as well as to ensure its position as one of the top osteopathic education institutions in the United Kingdom.

Adrian graduated from the British School of Osteopathy in 1978 and returned to teach osteopathic technique and clinic in the same year. He continued to combine a career in osteopathic education with his clinical practice throughout his working life. His osteopathic education career led him to teach at other osteopathic education institutions in the UK and Europe.

During his career, Adrian worked with a number of people from various institutions and organisations. The family are happy for everyone to attend the funeral, the details of which are:

Curriculum vitae:

Adrian Barnes graduated from the British School of Osteopathy in 1978. His MSc dissertation ‘Towards a model of osteopathic care’ was awarded a distinction. From 2001-2008, Adrian was a member of the European Society for Philosophy of Medicine and Healthcare (ESPMH). In 2004, he had a paper ‘Am I a carer and do I care?’ based on his MSc dissertation published in Medicine, Healthcare and Philosophy, the official journal of the ESPMH.

Mr. Barnes successfully combines teaching with private clinical practice. For many years he taught structural techniques there and at other OEIs in both the UK and Europe. He was Head of the Technique department at BSO from 1988-2004. Since being appointed Principal of the ESO (2007) time for teaching technique has been severely limited but he has contributed to the International Diploma programmes in Moscow, St Petersburg and Cairo. As well as being Principal of the ESO, Adrian is currently Chair of the Council of Osteopathic Educational Institutions; the representative body of the Osteopathic Educational Institutions accredited by the General Osteopathic Council (UK).

He is closely involved in the European Committee for Standardisation (CEN) project to develop a European Standard for Osteopathic Services (TC 414).

He is interested in comparing structural approaches to technique as taught and practiced in different osteopathic cultures.

Workshop of this lecturer:
Refining structural technique

Adrian Barnes and Jonathan Parsons have come from different conceptual backgrounds but as they have worked together and discussed why and how they do various techniques and treatments they have found that in fact that they are often doing very similar things even though their underpinning conceptual models appear different. Should the attendees have been exposed different conceptual models and their practical application, they hope to be able to explore the similarities rather than differences of the approaches, to talk with a more common osteopathic language.

As osteopathic practitioners we need to be competent in a range of treatment modalities including both direct and indirect approaches. The separation of these approaches is more an intellectual or pedagogic construct, aimed at assisting theoretical discussion of technique approaches. Clinically we assess the perceived needs of the patient and plan our management on this and not on an intellectual reductionist devise. In order to do this we need to be proficient in our ability to apply effective and appropriate techniques in a safe and pain free manner. Over the years of attending conferences and CPD events we (the presenters) have felt that structural approaches have been disproportionately poorly represented. As the essential element of the osteopathic armamentarium we have decided to run this workshop.

The aim of this workshop is help you refine the application of technique with particular regard to axial adjustment. We will particularly focus on specificity of technique, minimal/soft locking, and vectoral application of the thrust. We will explore a range of techniques for each of the regions, some of the commonly applied techniques and some less widely used. This is to be an interactive workshop where we want to explore your personal interests and concerns in the structural field and hope to help you further develop your skills and understanding of this exciting clinically essential osteopathic approach