Jane Eliza Starck MSc, DO

Jane holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Guelph in Biology (1980) and a Master’s degree from Walden University in Clinical Research Administration (2014).

Faculty member del Collège d'Études Ostéopathiques de Montréal (Campus Hallifax y Vancouver).


She also holds diplomas from Sheridan College in Sports Injury Management (1990), the College D’études Superior in Somatotheraphy (2001), and the Canadian College of Osteopathy, in Osteopathy (2003). Atman College in Sophia France bestowed the honorary degree of Honoris Causa to Jane in 2008. Jane is an EVOST fellow.

Jane has been practicing as a certified Athletic Therapist since 1991, and as an Osteopathic Manual Practitioner since 2003. She is also Registered Kinesiologist. She currently serves on the faculty of three osteopathic colleges, the Japanese Traditional Osteopathic College in Kobe Japan, the Canadian College of Osteopathy with campuses in Toronto and Winnipeg and the Collège d'Études Ostéopathiques with campuses in Vancouver and Halifax. She has been the director of research at the Canadian College of Osteopathy since 2007 and is currently the Dean of Administration there. Jane has been on the 1996 Canadian Medical Team for the Paralympic Games in Atlanta and on the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur. As well, she was the team therapist for the Canadian Men’s Rugby Team between the years 1991-1995, retiring after the World Cup which was held in South Africa in 1995.

Jane is recognised internationally as an osteopathic historiographer, author, and workshop leader on the fluidic approach to treating connective tissue, Sutherland’s biography & early approach, and osteopathic history.

Description of the workshop

A Fluidic Approach to the Fascia

Using the iliotibial band as an example, this course almost completely ignores the fibres as they cannot be stretched manually unless they are firmly held and held for a very long period of time. It will be shown through actual dissections on animal tissue that when a stretching force is placed on collagen fibres they do not stretch, rather they are distorted and thus they appear to have stretched. In fact there is no net change in length. Instead, Jane instructs and guides participants to work the fluid component of the connective tissue and the loose connective tissue. This course challenges several commonly held paradigms regarding the nature and treatment of fascial tissue. It will be demonstrated how fascial tissue cannot be easily elongated and that the fluid component within the fasical tissue is vital to the behaviour of its fibers. Time permitting techniques for the clavi-coraco-axillary fascia and the inguinal ligament may also be demonstrated and practiced.