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CPD Courses for Health Professionals

“We bring current evidence into practice”

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We provide a range of training courses for physiotherapist, osteopaths, sports therapists and other exercise professionals. Our course content is constantly evolving and being updated with new research findings. More than 500 therapists have attended our CPD courses, over the last 3 years in the UK and abroad.

Further details are available below, or please contact us for more details.

 

The Adult Hip Patient Level 1 and 2

Level 1: Differential Diagnosis and Manual Therapy

Level 2: Rehabilitation of Articular and Extra-articular Pathologies

img_0466The hip and groin area is often viewed as a “black box” because of the complex anatomy and overlapping pain referral patterns. Whether it is the weekend warrior, yoga enthusiast or the competing triathlete, accurate diagnosis and management of hip and groin pain can be challenging.

The Level 1 and 2 courses are designed for all therapists who work with physically active patients with anterior hip and groin pain. The aim of those courses is to provide a clear, honest and evidence based look, combined with more than 25 years of joint clinical experience of Benoy Mathew and Glen Robbins. You will learn what does and does not work in the assessment and management of the active hip patient. A key goal would be for you to leave with things that both simplify the hip for you and help differential diagnoses what is going on, in both articular and extra-articular pathologies of the hip.

Learning Outcomes
  • Overview of the complex interaction of the groin and the hip joint including femoro-acetabular impingement, labral lesions, extra-articular pathologies and tendinopathy.
  • A detailed and a systematic physical examination will be covered using a novel and evidence based tool (The layering concept) for the assessment of the adult hip patient and a solid understanding of differential diagnosis
  • Current conservative management of articular pathologies (FAI, Early OA, Labral tears, Dysplasia) and extra-articular pathologies (adductor related and iliopsoas related groin pain) and clinical insights on managing complex presentations in hip and groin
  • Overview of Rehab principles following Hip Arthroscopy and application of manual therapy in the management of hip and groin pain. Practical application of rehab exercises including progression of hip stabilisation exercises and dynamic mobility exercises for the hip

 

Evidence Based Injury Prevention in Runners

Day 1: Movement Screening and Running Re-training

Day 2: Running Re-training and Conditioning Strategies

img_0454This highly practical course provides a unique opportunity to integrate an evidence based approach to injury prevention and performance enhancement in the management of running injuries. There will be a particular focus on functional screening and movement analysis to guide exercise prescription and progression. Various training models and exercise regimes (Single leg training, Posterior Chain Strength, Hip Stabilisation, Dynamic Core Strength training) will be explored.

There will be a practical demonstration of running analysis to identify inefficient running patterns and develop interpretation skills and correct basic running technique if indicated. Particular emphasis will be placed on analysing running biomechanics using Video Analysis and then correcting movement dysfunction through movement re-education and movement re-patterning, utilising a variety of tools. The evidence behind and practical application of running retraining and adjunctive interventions are also explored.

Learning Outcomes
  • Develop practical skills for functional assessment and movement analysis in runners for risk stratification and to guide exercise progression.
  • Explore important strength training principles and safe exercise prescription of advanced exercises and integrate evidence based injury prevention tools as part of lower limb rehabilitation in runners. Practical application of conditioning strategies (Plyometrics, dynamic mobility, running drills) and progression in runners.
  • Learn to analyse running gait (treadmill-based) using video analysis and identify kinematic and kinetic variables, associated with injury.
  • Develop practical skills and clinical reasoning processes to apply running re-training interventions in the context of injury prevention and special focus on step rate (cadence) manipulation, mirror re-training, auditory cues and mobility drills to improve running economy.

 

Shockwave therapy in management of heel pain and chronic tendinopathy

Evening Lecture (3-4 hours)

Shockwave is a clinically proven treatment for chronic soft tissue injuries. Shockwave initiates a pro-inflammatory response in the treated tissues. Multiple Studies (including RCTs) has shown an improvement rate of 60 – 80 % improvement in chronic conditions that have not responded to conservative management. Reported side effects are minimal and it has been approved by NICE guidelines as effective treatment for refractory conditions such as plantar fasciitis, greater trochanteric pain syndrome and calcific tendinopathy of the shoulder. This evening lecture will explore the application of shockwave therapy in the current management of chronic tendinopathy and plantar heel pain.

Learning Outcomes
  • Overview of Shockwave therapy (Mechanisms, Indications and Contra-indications)
  • Practical application and demonstration of shockwave therapy equipment
  • Clinical reasoning in the management of chronic tendinopathy (Achilles, Patellar, gluteal, tennis elbow) and plantar heel pain.
  • Explore effectiveness and current evidence of shockwave and how to integrate into usual therapy management and loading programmes.

Upcoming Course Dates and Venues:

11 March 2017 (Running Course): Chelsea & Westminister Hospital, London. Details coming soon.

17 March 2017 (Running Course): Internal Event, Police Treatment Centre, Harrogate.

6 – 7 May 2017 (Hip Course): University College Hospital, London. Details and Bookings here

24 – 25 June 2017 (Hip Course): David Lloyd, Leicester. Details and Booking here

11 – 12 November 2017 (Hip Course): Remedy Physio, Sheffield. Details coming soon.

Evening Lectures on Shockwave Therapy – 2017  (In association with Venn HealthCare)

(London, Bristol, Loughborough, Sheffield). Details coming soon.

If you wish to discuss hosting your own course, please email us at function2fitness@gmail.com

Cheers,
Ben

 

Feedback from previous participants

Expert Tutors who were very approachable and helpful. The course content was extremely good and evidenced based. I believe my management of patients with hip pathology will be improved considerably as a result of attending the course.

Good presentation style and sufficient time given for questions and discussions. Loads of practical information, in fact, a good balance between theory and practice was given. Clear instructions & guidance to improve outcomes for this population of patients. Good encouragement to dig deeper into this topic.

Felt Benoy’s presentations very informative and evidence based. Practical sessions/manual therapy from Glen well structured and taught

Huge boost up the confidence tree for those who find hips tricky!

Well structured course with lots of practical elements to the day with informative course notes and access to great assessment videos and research papers to support the learning covered. Both Ben and Glen were great presenters and provided really useful clinical nudges

Very comprehensive course no time wasted! Tutors really knew what they were talking about. Very evidence based which I like.

Comprehensive evidence based platform for running assessment, treatment of running injury and methods for return to running

The course was pitched at the right level, with a good balance between theory and practical. The practical sessions were especially enjoyable and I fell that I have gained a lot of knowledge from the course in terms of risk factors for running injuries, assessment of dysfunction and gait, management of injury, rehabilitation, training for injury reduction/performance and gait re-education. A really well taught course with a lot of very valuable information that can be implemented in clinic immediately.

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Benoy Mathew, MSc, MCSP Ben is a UK Chartered Physiotherapist specializing in overuse lower limb injuries, has worked extensively in hospital, private practice and sporting settings within Asia, Middle East and the UK. A master’s graduate from the University of Hertfordshire, he’s currently working as an extended scope practitioner in London for the NHS. As an ESP physio, he is involved in assessment of complex cases and requesting investigations including MRI, Xrays and ultrasound and onward referral to orthopaedics or rheumatology, if appropriate. He also provides injection therapy and shockwave therapy for suitable patients as part of their rehabilitation. Benoy has more eighteen years of experience in the field of exercise therapy and rehabilitation and is also a clinical tutor on chronic Hip and Groin & Running courses in the UK for health care professionals and fitness trainers.

Glen Robbins, MSc MMACP MCSP Glen is the clinical director of Hemel Physio, based in Apsley. He has completed his Masters in Advanced Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy at University of Herts and is a skilled and experienced manual therapist. He uses a combined treatment approach to help his clients optimise their rehabilitation potential including manual techniques, specialist exercise programmes and strength and conditioning for clients at all sporting levels, particularly in endurance sports.