Upper Cervical Spine

This two day course gives participants the practical skills needed to safely and effectively examine and treat upper cervical spine (O-C2) dysfunction. The approach integrates concepts developed by Maitland, Edwards, Mulligan, and Jull amongst others. Case studies are used to develop reasoning in clinical diagnosis and treatment planning. The evidence base supporting manual therapy in the treatment of upper cervical spinal dysfunction is outlined.

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

Indicative Content

  • Clinical anatomy and biomechanics of the upper cervical spine Combined movement examination & treatment of O/C1 & C1/2
  • Mulligan approach to cervicogenic headache
  • Assessment of cervical artery dysfunction
  • Differential investigation of cervicogenic dizziness
  • Mulligan approach to cervicogenic dizziness
  • Assessment of upper cervical instability
  • Manipulation (HVT) theory & practical
  • Muscle system dysfunction and control
  • Neural tissue issues

This course is of value to all physiotherapists with basic manual therapy skills who wish to develop their ability to effectively examine and treat patients with upper neck pain and headache.

Comments from previous course participants:

Very approachable and patient tutor who explained concepts very well.

Small group and lots of supervision.

Good mixture of practical and theory.

Content was clinically relevant.

Liked multi-concept approach to assessment and treatment of neck related headache.