The essential elements of our lumbar, thoracic, cervical and upper cervical spine courses are brought together in this five-day course. The course comprises an integrated manual therapy approach to the treatment of back and neck related pain. The focus of examination and treatment is on the articular, neural, and motor systems. Relevant background theory is covered, but the emphasis is on practical sessions. The content draws on work by many key manual therapists including Maitland, Mulligan, Elvey, Jull and O'Sullivan. Brian Edwards' concept of combined movement examination and treatment is an important component of this course. The safe and effective application of high velocity thrust techniques is also covered. Case studies are used to develop clinical reasoning and illustrate common clinical conditions. The evidence informing clinical practice is highlighted throughout the course.
- Anatomy, pathoanatomy and biomechanics of the spine
- Classification of back and neck pain
- Subjective examination including consideration of red flags, masqueraders and psycho-social issues
- Physical examination including
- Postural assessment
- Active and passive movement testing (including combined movement examination) of the spine and rib cage
- Cervical arterial dysfunction screening
- Differential diagnosis of cervicogenic headache and dizziness
- Assessment of upper cervical instability
- Examination of the muscle system and motor control
- Neural tissue examination
- Mechanisms of action of spinal manipulative therapy
- Manual therapy (including high velocity thrust techniques) and therapeutic exercise in the treatment of articular, neural, and motor systems – clinical reasoning and practical.
This course is aimed at physiotherapists of all levels who wish to update and develop their ability to effectively examine and treat patients with spinal dysfunction.