Orthopaedic Manual Therapy


Here is a fantastic opportunity to stimulate your clinical practice and enhance your career. This comprehensive four-week programme provides clinicians with intensive tuition in an integrated and thoroughly modern, evidence based approach to orthopaedic manual therapy of the spine, pelvis, as well as upper and lower limb. This programme is held at Curtin University in Perth Australia resuming in 2023. The course is also held in 4 modules in Italy through Newmaster (click here for details) and France through KPTEN (click for details). In Perth and Reunion Island (click for details) the course is held over 4-weeks and in Italy and France it is conducted in 4 five day blocks ( 2 spine and 2 peripheral). Please contact KPTEN, Newmaster, and ASSK for more details.

Through this course Manual Concepts and Curtin University are offering a partnership in post-graduate clinical education leading to higher education qualifications. Eligible participants, completing the 4-week Certificate in Orthopaedic Manual Therapy programme provided by Manual Concepts, have the opportunity to apply for credit for recognised learning when they enrol in the Master of Clinical Physiotherapy at Curtin University. After completing the 4-week programme, recognition of prior learning may be granted by the University, the equivalent of completing the Musculoskeletal Science Advanced Competencies (PHTY7005) unit. This then accelerates completion of the Masters of Clinical Physiotherapy course (Musculoskeletal or Sports Physiotherapy). Eligibility to undertake these Postgraduate courses at Curtin University depends on a number of factors including English language competency (IELTS score of 7.0) and a Bachelor’s degree in physiotherapy. For more details about further opportunities after competing Manual Concepts 4-week programme please visit Curtin University’s website for more details. Please understand that Curtin University’s website does not give information about recognition of prior learning for Manual Concepts courses, as each person is treated on an individual basis. If you are interested in undertaking Curtin University’s courses after taking Manual Concepts Certificate in Orthopaedic Manual Therapy programme then please contact Curtin University directly or email us so we can put you in touch with a contact person. Manual Concepts cannot determine eligibility for distance learning or other units.

This is a unique opportunity to be educated by our internationally respected team of clinical educators. Click here for more information about the presenters.

The primary aim of this intensive, evidence based programme is to develop broad state of the art knowledge and skills in the examination and management of disorders affecting the joint, muscle and neural systems. The emphasis is on understanding when and where to use physical treatments including a range of manual therapy concepts and exercise to provide a more functional and comprehensive approach to the management of a range of neuromusculoskeletal conditions. The syllabus encourages a bio-psychosocial approach, which integrates a range of manual therapy concepts into a comprehensive management plan. The core principle of the approach taken is sub-classification of pain disorders, including assessment for psychosocial issues. Management is based on identification of specific sub-groups amenable to manual therapy including movement impairment (articular dysfunction), motor control impairment, and neural tissue pain disorders. Assessment of articular dysfunction incorporates the Combined Movement approach, as well as segmental manual diagnosis. Treatment for the movement impairment articular dysfunction sub-group includes a range of mobilisation, manipulation (high velocity thrust) and mobilisation with movement techniques.

Evaluation and management of lumbopelvic motor control impairment is designed around Cognitive Functional Therapy presented by Professor Peter O’Sullivan in Perth, which has substantial evidence to supports its validity and efficacy in management. Evaluation and management of motor control impairment for the cervical spine is likewise based on current evidence based criteria.

Neural pain disorders are also sub-classified according to clinical examination findings into sensory hypersensitivity, compression neuropathy, and peripheral nerve sensitization. This sub-classification system is management driven and is backed up by supporting evidence for its validity and efficacy in management.

Kim Robinson and Dr Toby Hall are the coordinators and course developers. They have been awarded Fellowship’s of the Australian College of Physiotherapists, have collectively 60 years clinical experience and have each been teaching manual therapy for more than 30 years at a postgraduate university level. In addition for the last 25 years they have been teaching short manual therapy courses to physiotherapists around the world. Toby and Kim have established a leading team of educators with similar skills at the highest level of specialisation guiding participants through the comprehensive course content.

If you have any further questions then please email us at info@manualconcepts.com