Applied biomechanics of the lower limb, an osteopathic approach to rehabilitation
Dates: 1-2 February 2020
Course leader: Francesco Contierro
About the course
The biomechanics of the lower limb will be explored as applied to common function such as gait. The integrated nature of the body mechanics and its physiological components will inform an osteopathic approach to the evaluation and treatment of different conditions.
Starting from a review of relevant literature in the fields of fascial sciences and neurobiomechanics, the course will focus on the practical applications of this theoretical framework in everyday practice.
The biomechanical understanding of human movement is based on the concepts of Applied Functional Science® (Gray Institute, USA).
Osteopathic Practice Standards (updated) and other CPD elements covered
B) Knowledge, skills and performance - B1, B2, B3
C) Safety and quality in practice - C1
- Review of relevant lower limb anatomy and osteokinematic
- Understand the neurophysiological principles of myofascial biomechanics and their application in clinical practice
- Understand the biomechanics of gait
- Learn how to evaluate biomechanical patterns of function using functional testing
- Learn how to create specific functional contexts for the treatment of a range of dysfunctions
- Understand the role of orthotic prescription within clinical practice
09:30-10:00 Introduction to applied biomechanics - Lecture
10:00-11:00 General osteokinematics - Lecture and practical session
11:30-12:00 Osteokinematics of gait - Lecture
12:00-12:30 Myofascial mechanics and functional loading - Lecture
12:30-13:00 Chain reaction biomechanics and muscle function - Lecture
13:00-14:00 Lunch break
14:00-14:30 Functional loading examples - Practice
14:30-16:00 Assessment strategies - Lecture and practical session
16:00-16:15 Short break
16:15-17:30 Assessment techniques - Practice
17:30 End of day 1
09:30-10:45 Foot and ankle functional testing - Lecture and practical session
11:15-12:15 Hip complex functional testing - Lecture and practical session
12:15-13:00 Treatment strategies - Group session / tutorial
13:00-14:00 Lunch break
14:00-14:30 Case studies: functional testing and diagnosis - Group session / tutorial
14:30-15:45 Treatment techniques - Practice
15:45-16:00 Short break
16:00-16:30 Case studies: functional treatment - Group session / tutorial / practice
16:30-17:30 Q&A and open discussion - Group session
17:30 End of day 2
The course is suitable for osteopaths, physiotherapists, chiropractors and third and fourth year manual therapy students.
About the course leader
Francesco Contiero is a Physiotherapist and Osteopath based in London. Francesco started his career in Italy as a physiotherapist. He has completed a Diploma and a postgraduate Master degree in Osteopathy. In addition, he has completed an intensive training program in functional biomechanics developed through the Gray Institute and has earned the distinction of Fellow of Applied Functional Science (FAFS).
Francesco is the Neuroscience and Clinical Neurology Lecturer at the University College of Osteopathy. His academic areas of expertise are neurosciences, sports biomechanics and fascial sciences.
The UCO regrets that no refunds can be made for cancelled places unless a substitute participant can be found. The UCO cannot guarantee that any course will run. In the event of your course being cancelled, all paid fees and deposits will be refunded in full.