Title: Introduction to neurodynamics

Date: 26-27 September 2020

Cost: £109-£135

Course leader: Francesco Contiero


About the course

This online 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.

The first morning of the course will be lectures based on the pathophysiology, biomechanical features of nerve dysfunction and the principles of neurodynamics. 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.

The second morning of the course will predominantly be demonstrations of the practical application of these techniques. 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
  • Learn treatment techniques by observation


Course suitability

This course is suitable for qualified osteopaths, physiotherapists, chiropractors and third and fourth year students.




09.00 - 09:15 Introduction

09.15 -10:30 Pathophysiological and biomechanical features of peripheral nerve dysfunction - online lecture

10.30 - 11:00 Break

11.00 – 12:30 Neurodynamics principles - online lecture

12.30 – 13:00 Q&A


09.00 – 09:45 Neurodynamic assessment of the Upper Limb - Demo webinar

09.45 – 10:30 Neurodynamic treatment of the Upper Limb with active techniques - Demo webinar

10.30 – 11:00 break

11.00 – 11:45 Neurodynamic assessment of the Lower Limb - Demo webinar

11.45 – 12:30 Neurodynamic treatment of the Lower Limb with active techniques - Demo webinar

12.30 – 13:00 Q&A and conclusions 


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.