This two day intensively practical course teaches a simplified assessment and treatment approach to a very biomechanically complex area of the ribs, thoracic spine and cervical spine.
The thoracic spine and particularly ribs can be a very complex and daunting biomechanical area to understand. A main objective of this course is to demystify the biomechanics, kinematics and treatment of this area. A clear 3 dimensional model to understand thoracic spine and rib function and the most common joint and muscular dysfunctions that occur in the region will be the basis of the assessment techniques taught. Treatment techniques taught for the ribs and thoracic spine follow a 3D biomechanical model to achieve optimal thoracic and rib function with easy to understand and practical techniques. The cervical spine assessment addresses in detail the functional anatomy, biomechanics and kinematics of C2-C7, including vascular, neural, ligamentous and muscular structure and function. A clear understanding of the 3 dimensional normal and common abnormal movement patterns is a clear objective of this course.
Treatment techniques for the cervical spine taught on the course also involves treatment in 3 dimensions to achieve maximal results with logical and simple to learn techniques. Retraining functional movement and stability in the cervical and thoracic spine is vital to maintain improvements from cervical and thoracic/rib treatment. The course will discuss how to commence retraining movement patterns in both the cervical and thoracic regions. Once joint movement has been optimised the course will provide you with assessment tools to identify where neural structures are compromised and treatment techniques to maximise neural mobility with unloading techniques.
Expressions of interest are now closed. Please contact the APA to be placed on a wait list should a space become available.
Expression of interest
For those practitioners who have already successfully completed the Vestibular Rehabilitation: Competency-Based Course, the APA are proud to be hosting Advances in vestibular rehabilitation: A competency based renewal course, created by Profs Susan Herdman, Rick Clendaniel and colleagues. This advanced level, evidence-based, three day course was developed in response to requests for an update on treatment and assessment of people with vestibular disorders.
Registration is via EOI where the applicant must provide proof of their successful completion of the Vestibular Rehabilitation: Competency-Based Course.
Completing the EOI does NOT mean you have a confirmed place in the course. You will be notified of the outcome of your application by email within a month of submitting.
If successful, you will be required to register and pay for the course through a separate registration process.
This course is now full. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to be placed on the waitlist.
Physiotherapists are increasingly using dry needling for pain management and thereby improving function in conjunction with other physiotherapy approaches. This structured course meets the national APA and AHPRA recommendations for physiotherapists to practice dry needling safely for musculoskeletal conditions and sports injuries. The sound knowledge of indications and contraindications for dry needling requires appropriate assessment and treatment skills. This course is designed to provide physiotherapists an opportunity to improve knowledge and skills of dry needling, and make them aware of guidelines for safe dry needling practices in a range of musculoskeletal conditions.