Training and Education

Education at The O Lab

We have worked with world leading clinicians, therapists and researchers to develop a simple classification system that enables practitioners to effectively diagnose temporomandibular disorder (TMD). Our system is based on the gold standard for assessment and treatment – the Research Diagnostic Criteria for TMD – which currently classifies the Biomechanical and Biopsychosocial aspects of this condition, but we have added a third, and equally important, Biochemical component.

We have also blended cutting edge digital programming, design and manufacturing to develop a range of innovative appliances for each category of TMD, ensuring patients receive the correct device for their specific diagnosis.

Our primary educational aims, are to inform the healthcare industry about TMD and to encourage a common approach to therapy. We do this by continuing to train clinicians, while we build a referral network of O Lab clinics and practitioners across the UK, and beyond.

Our philosophy

To provide the best quality training in the industry.

Our commitment to you

  • High quality training material
  • Constructive assessment and feedback
  • Ongoing guidance and support
  • Complimentary website listing*
  • A website forum
  • Innovative specialist training options
  • Continual developments in training
  • Worldwide practitioner base representing all continents
  • Recognition by prestigious training organisations throughout the world

* On satisfactory completion of The O Lab ‘Core’ programme

Our Training

We provide quality TMD training programmes across three levels: Core, Specialist and Masters.


Kick start your training with this six-day Core programme – available to health practitioners of all modalities, especially those in the dental and bodywork fields. Upon satisfactory completion of the six Core modules, you will be eligible to be listed as a preferred practitioner on The O Lab website.

Module 1: Foundation (8 hours)

  • Craniosacral theory
  • Stomatognathic system
  • Assessment of the TMJ
  • Introduction to applied kinesiology muscle testing
  • Stabilisation
  • Causative factors
  • Effects on the body
  • Ideal jaw position

Soft tissue therapy

Module 2: Fundamentals (8 hours)

  • Review of foundation principles
  • 3D adaptive range assessment and treatment protocols
  • Mudra testing
  • Atlas evaluation and correction technique
  • Sphenoid /Temporal balance

Module 3: Fundamentals (Repeat) (8 hours)

  • A review of the Fundamentals module is a prerequisite for attending the Practitioner course.

Module 4: Practitioner (8 hours)

  • TMD classifications
  • Risk analysis factors (Red Flags)
  • Clinical assessment format
  • Functional patterning (tongue dynamics, breathing, and resting postures)
  • Pauselock technique
  • Introduction to Radionics

Module 5: Review (8 hours)

  • Review of all courses and case studies

Module 6: Certification (8 hours)

  • Case studies review
  • Introduction and application of the ‘boil and bite’ guard
  • Overview of The O Lab appliances – application, process and referring
  • One hour theory and practical
  • Scheduling of Modules

For effective learning, the modules are run in pairs over consecutive days as follows:

  1. Foundation and Fundamentals
  2. Fundamentals and Practitioner
  3. Review and Certification
  4. Specialist Interest

    You can enhance your knowledge with our Specialist programme, attending any one of the modules, in any order (based on availability), as long as you have successfully completed the Core programme.

    The Specialist programme aims to expand on the Core knowledge areas by exploring, in greater depth, some of the less common etiologies behind TMD and their related treatment, and to introduce new facets of the disorder, including how to identify and treat these causative and often misunderstood aspects.

    Module 1: Biomechanical (16 hours)

    • Fascial and muscle, disc, ligament, capsule, osseous, skeletal
    • Postural analysis and assessment (stabliometry)
    • Muscle paths (weight bearing, postural, profile, gait)
    • Teeth/muscle (GP)
    • Orthopedic implications (joint stability, biotensegrity, scoliosis)

    Module 2: Biochemical (16 hours)

    • CVS and immunology
    • Digestive and nutritional
    • Neurofascial and CNS
    • Genetic predisposition
    • Infections (viral, autoimmune, environmental)
    • Immunology
    • Digestive
    • Nutritional
    • Neurotransmitters
    • Inflammation
    • Detoxification (respiratory/breathing)
    • The liver
    • Blood tests (lactates, triglycerides, glucose, cholesterol etc.)
    • Urine tests (urobilinogen, glucose, ketones, bilirubin, protein, nitrite, pH, blood, specific gravity, leukocytes etc.)

    Module 3: Biopsychosocial (16 hours)

    • Stress
    • Depression
    • Sleep disorder
    • Trauma
    • Physiological adaptive range
    • Socioeconomic, cultural/familial and religious/spiritual aspects
    • Self-worth, emotions and addictions
    • Environmental

    Module 4: Craniofacial Pain (16 hours)

    • TMD craniofacial pain
    • Etiology of TMD
    • Craniofacial reflexes
    • The 4D adaptive range
    • Axial spinal considerations
    • Cranial rhythm balancing
    • ME, MS, Parkinson’s, Tourette syndrome, Migraine, Bell’s Palsy, trigeminal neuralgia and sleep apnoea
    • Craniofacial dynamics
    • Cranial motion (bone movement)

    Module 5: Hormonal/Lymphatics (16 hours)

    • Testing techniques
    • Tongue diagnostics
    • Alder Langer points
    • Tonsils
    • Hormonal (adrenal fatigue, progesterone, oestrogen, the thyroid etc.)
    • Blood, urine and saliva tests
    • Pituitary gland
    • Circadian rhythms, the pineal gland and vitamin D3

    Module 6: Sleep (16 hours)

    • Breathing
    • Resting posture and functional patterning
    • Interdisciplinary risk assessment
    • Embryology and divine proportions
    • Embryology and craniofacial alignment
    • TMJ biodynamics and oral appliance design
    • Biochemistry and triggers

    Module 7: Paediatrics (16 hours)

    • Birthing
    • Primitive reflexes
    • Developmental reflexes of feeding

    Tongue and breathing

    Module 8: Sports (16 hours)

    • Assessments
    • Stabliometrics
    • Prevention, protection and performance
    • Concussion protocol
    • Vision – reaction times
    • Balance
    • Technique
    • Jump test
    • Non-contact and contact sports
    • Cortisol and lactate in sport
    • VO2 max
    • Importance of sports dentistry

    Module 9: Cranio Sacral Technique (16 hours)

    • The principles and history of Craniosacral Therapy and Cranial Osteopathy
    • Practitioner centering techniques
    • Palpation of the three tides – Cranial Rhythmic Impulse, the Mid-Tide and the Long Tide
    • Palpation of Temporal, Sphenoid and Parietal bones, and treatment approaches
    • An overview of the Sphenobasilar Junction (SBS) and its importance
    • The reciprocal relationship between the sacrum and occiput
    • Overview of the dura and venous sinuses
    • Stillpoints – their function and how to work with them
    • Palpation and craniosacral treatment approaches to TMD

    Module 10: Optodontics Course (16 hours)

    • Under review

    MASTERS (Dental practitioners only)

    We are currently reviewing and developing the Masters postgraduate degree programme, which will be open to suitably qualified dentists who have successfully completed the minimum level Core programme. This Masters stems from nearly 30 years of dental experience in conjunction with extensive knowledge gained from an array of modalities.

    Each module will be designed to either expand the depth of understanding of TMD or enable the practitioner to address specific functional areas.

    We are continually developing new techniques and workshops.

    Student testimonials

    Most important development

    “The single most important development in Bowen in the past 20 years!”
    Dr Manon Bolliger, Bowen College, Canada.

    A worthwhile one to attend

    “After having done hundreds of courses (literally) this one does stand out as being a worthwhile one to attend. I can’t say this for many other tutors.”
    Dr Neil Milliken (Edinburgh) MBChB, LDS, BDS(Ed) BTAA, BCST, Dip CNM, Dip AK – Doctor, Dentist and Nutritionist.

    The results are amazing

    “Ron’s TMD courses this weekend, in Liskeard, were life changing for me. My right eye has always turned in slightly and after having a TMD procedure performed Ron’s way, I had a fairly large reaction as my body processed the new information. The results are amazing and not least because my eye no longer turns in. Thank you Ron, not just for the information you taught me to help my practice but also what you have changed in me!”
    Ms. Jules Wilson, England

    Quite transformational

    “I’ve taken a TMD course and it’s amazing; quite transformational.”
    Karen Pasquini, USA.

    Meet the O Lab Training Team

    Dr GP Visser

    Dr Visser qualified as a dentist in 1992, in Stellenbosch, South Africa. In 2003, he moved to Poole in Dorset, where he set up his own private practice. He is also co-founder of The O Lab and consults at other O Lab locations in Oxford and London.

    His major clinical and research interests include: diagnosis and management of temporomandibular disorders (TMD), orofacial pain, head or neck pain from a full body perspective, and interaction of the dental occlusion in musculoskeletal dysfunction.

    As well as TMD, Dr Visser also works on conditions in sports dentistry, orthodontics and oromyofacial dysfunction, as well as serving as a consultant on sleep disorder related to bruxism and sleep apnoea.

    Mr Ron Phelan

    Ron is a structural integration therapist and international trainer who has been involved in the Australian health industry for over 25 years. Inspired by the 2004 work of Dr Stack, he has given TMD presentations at conferences around the world.

    Ron is the director and leading instructor for O Lab Education. He has developed and introduced workshops for practitioners that are specifically related to TMD, and these have been taught in over ten countries. He continues to be involved in treating and developing new approaches to TMD.

    Miss Eva Tanner

    Eva comes from a dental background and is the founder of MyoDynamics. Over the last 24 years, she has studied the form and function of faces, and worked closely with many professionals in this area, including orthodontists, oral surgeons, cranial chiropractors, Bowen Integrative Therapy practitioners, respiratory specialists, nutritionists, cell biologists, immunologists and neurologists.

    Eva qualified as a dental hygienist and dental therapist from St Bartholomew’s and the Royal London School of Medicine and Dentistry, in 1997. Since then, she has worked in a private practice, where her approach to client care incorporates Prevention, Education and Minimal intervention (PEMi) and she has also been involved in Biodynamic Occlusion principles.

    Jihan Adem

    Jihan has been involved in practising and teaching Bowen and associate courses since 2003. She has attended many related health courses and has a special interest in anatomy dissections, especially of the TMJ. Jihan is a competent and experienced practitioner and trainer who actively engages with her students, providing a unique learning experience.

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