Title: Introduction to neurodynamics
Date: 29 February 2020
Course leader: Francesco Contiero
About the course
This one-day course will explore the application of neurodynamic principles to modern manual therapy practice.
The mobilisation of the nervous system is an integral part of manual medicine. It’s uses extend from assessment techniques, such as the Straight Leg Raise (SLR) test, to the treatment of mononeuropathies of mechanical aetiology.
Starting from a review of the 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.
Although the course is predominantly practical, there will be a strong focus on developing a critical understanding of the uses of neurodynamics, both in its application to the clinical assessment of the musculoskeletal patient and as an integrated part of conservative treatment in physical medicine.
Summary of Osteopathic Practice Standards (updated) covered in this course
A Communication and patient partnership A1, A2
B Knowledge, skills and performance B1, B2, B3
C Safety and quality in practice C1
Review the pathophysiological features of peripheral nerve dysfunction and the local biomechanical relationship
Introduction to the history and research aspects of Neurodynamics
Understand the principles of neurodynamic diagnosis and treatment
Practice diagnostic techniques and discuss their clinical value
Develop an understanding of neurodynamic techniques in the context of manual therapy, active-assisted and active treatments
Practice treatment techniques
This course is suitable for qualified osteopaths, physiotherapists, chiropractors and third and fourth year students.
09:00 – 09:30 Registration
09:30 – 10:30 Pathophysiological and biomechanical features of peripheral nerve dysfunction - lecture
10:30 – 11:00 Introduction to neurodynamics- lecture and practical session
11:00 – 11:30 Break
11:30 – 12:30 Neurodynamic assessment of the upper limb - lecture and practical session
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch break
13:30 – 14:00 Neurodynamic treatment of the upper limb - group discussion and practical session
14:00 – 15:00 Neurodynamic assessment of the lower limb - lecture and practical session
15:00 – 15:30 Short break
15:30 – 16:30 Neurodynamic treatment of the lower limb - group discussion and practical session
16:30 – 17:00 Neurodynamics considerations in active techniques - group discussion and practical session
17:00 – 17:30 Q&A and open discussion - group session
Please note that as this is predominantly a practical course delegates should wear sports attire for comfort when assessing, treating and modelling.
A series of articles and reviews will be provided prior to the course. It is suggested that delegates review the relevant neuroanatomy.
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 masters 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.