This course will enable delegates to use hands-on detailed palpation in combination with a detailed history and active functional examination to find key areas of muscle dysfunction, focussing on lower back pain and sciatica.

Identifying the parts of a muscle that do not fully contract is key to knowing where to treat, but often the pain that patients report may be located in a different area. A combination of localised pressure and active resistance from the patient allows a focal point of tension to be established. Asking the patient to then contract and relax the area over a range of movement being guided carefully by the practitioner allows arcs of poor quality movement to be identified and gradually enhanced. The net effect is more supportive and stronger muscle that is also flexible and adaptable to perform its function where it is located in the body.

Some of the types of problem FAR may be able to help with include:

  • Hip stiffness that affects stride and balance
  • Recovery after a joint replacement (hip/knee)
  • Chronic postural spinal stiffness in the upper back associated with tension headaches
  • Shoulder stiffness and frozen shoulder
  • Long term recovery after accidents like whiplash
  • Lower back pain and stiffness and certain types of sciatica
  • Deep muscle stiffness associated with hypermobility

Benefits of FAR include:

  • Re-learning function patterns after injury
  • Re-education muscle groups after disuse
  • Re-integration of joint and muscle function after joint surgery
  • Reduction of psychological helplessness by fully incorporating patients with their treatment session
  • Feedback during treatment helps guide and make treatment individual
  • Effective in the quickest time with lasting effects when combined with prescribed exercise

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course delegates will have:

  • Gained an overview of Functional Active Release and its potential benefits for lower back pain and sciatica for both patient and practitioner
  • Completed practical examination, assessment and palpation sessions which can be incorporated into daily practice
  • Learnt how to form a treatment strategy and apply FAR to remedial and acute cases

Important information

As this course includes practical elements delegates should come prepared to dress down or wear loose-fitting gym clothes.

Delegates may also be interested in Functional Active Release: Thoracic-Outlet Syndrome and Shoulder Dysfunction.

Who is the course leader?

This course is designed and delivered by Robin Lansman. Robin teaches students about his approach to Osteopathic Rehabilitation & Sports Injury Management at the University College of Osteopathy and across Europe. He has also been on-hand at many London Marathons to help runners of Spinal Injuries Association (SIA) & Alzheimer's Charities.




£109 – £135

Cancellation policy

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.