Title: Introduction to neurodynamics

Date: 27 September 2020

Cost: £109-£135

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


Learning Outcomes

  • 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


Course suitability

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

17:30                    Finish

Please note that as this is predominantly a practical course delegates should wear sports attire for comfort when assessing, treating and modelling.


Pre-course reading

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.

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.