manual therapy courses

Post-graduate musculoskeletal courses
for physiotherapists

Lumbar Spine - an integrated manual therapy approach

This two-day lumbar spine course comprises an integrated manual therapy approach to the treatment of low-back pain. The focus of examination and treatment is on the articular, neural, and motor systems whilst psycho-social issues are also considered. Essential theory is covered, but the emphasis is on practical sessions. The content draws on work by many key manual therapists including Maitland, Edwards, McKenzie, Mulligan, Elvey and O'Sullivan. Case studies are used to develop clinical reasoning and illustrate common clinical conditions. The evidence informing clinical practice is highlighted throughout the course.

The ratio of participants to tutors is kept low (maximum of 12:1) to ensure a high level of supervision and feedback.

Indicative Content

  • Lumbar spine anatomy, pathoanatomy, age related changes and biomechanics
  • Subjective examination including consideration of red flags and masqueraders
  • Physical examination including
    • Posture assessment
    • Active and passive movement testing including combined movement examination
    • Examination of the muscle system and motor control
    • Neural tissue examination
  • Classification of low-back pain
  • Mechanisms of action of manipulative physiotherapy
  • Manipulative therapy (including high velocity thrust techniques)and therapeutic exercise in the treatment of articular, neural, and motor systems
This course is aimed at physiotherapists of all levels who wish to update their manual therapy skills.

Comments from previous course participants:
  • "Good balance between theory and practical"
  • "Content was spot on"
  • "Integrates a variety of treatment approaches"
  • "Very knowledgable presenter who communicated clearly"
  • "Good pace"

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