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IFOMPT Webinars

IFOMPT hosts up to four webinars per year with the purpose of sharing knowledge and adding value to individual members of the Member Organisations and Registered Interest Groups around the world. Webinars are presented at a small attendance fee and the income is used to further enhance the outputs of IFOMPT. The webinars are recorded and will be made available in a library on a user-pay basis shortly.

All recommendations about potental presenters are most welcome and can be sent to admin@ifompt.org.

IFOMPT Webinar Hall of Fame 
We have been honoured to have highly respected presenters involved in our webinars and acknowledge their contribution to reaching the IFOMPT objective of sharing knowledge for the advancement of OMPT practice worldwide.

Webinar 1:  Prof Chad Cook -  Manual Therapy and Pain Science - Two Brothers from Another Mother


Pain Science and Orthopedic Manual Therapy are both intervention methods that are designed to reduce pain and improve global outcomes of patients. Both interventions involve pain modulatory principles and both have been well studied in the literature. Recent social media chatter, clinical opinion, and an occasional publication, have pitted these two intervention methods as opposing constructs. This webinar discusses the key principles of each approach and compares and contrasts. Certainly, the methods are not the same, but interestingly, they have similar genetics that are worth discussion.

Webinar 2:  Emeritus Prof Gwendolen Jull - Non-Specific Neck Pain: The Case for Specific Treatment
Photo Prof Jull and Leanne Bissett
The burden of neck pain is rising. In recent times, the term non-specific neck pain has been advocated in some quarters in recognition of the difficulty in diagnosing a distinct pathological lesion either in the clinical examination or with current imaging practices. In tandem, generic non-specific management approaches of advice and activity are appearing. In this webinar, it will be argued, based on extensive research, that any prospect of reducing the burden of neck pain for the individual patient requires patient centred, specific care whether the management is, manipulative therapy, therapeutic exercise, education, or behaviour modification.

Note this webinar is available as an online course in partnership with Physiopedia - https://members.physio-pedia.com/course_tutor/international-federation-of-orthopaedic-manipulative-physical-therapists-ifompt/

Webinar 3:  Dr Toby Hall - Manual Therapy and Exercise for Headache
Toby Hall

Headache is a common and debilitating condition, which can be difficult to diagnose and manage as it is both a symptom and a disease. The International Headache Society lists more than 300 different forms of headache, many arising from serious pathology, and clearly not all can be managed through physical intervention such as manual therapy and exercise. However, physical treatments have been shown to be effective in the long-term management of specific headache forms, including cervicogenic and tension-type headache. This seminar clarified evidence-based classification and management of headache suitable for physical treatment including exercise to improve clinical management. 

Webinar 4:  Dr Annina Schmid - Getting on your Nerves: Clues and Pitfalls when Assessing and Managing Patients with Entrapment Neuropathies

Annia receiving gift from Paolo
Patients with entrapment neuropathies such as radiculopathies or carpal tunnel syndrome are frequently seen by physiotherapists. However, diagnosis and treatment often remain challenging. In this webinar, I will incorporate the latest evidence from both clinical and preclinical sciences which have significantly advanced our understanding of the diagnosis and treatment of entrapment neuropathies. Common believes will be challenged and clues and pitfalls in the assessment and management of patients with entrapment neuropathies highlighted. This webinar will help participants to

1.            understand the heterogeneity of patients with entrapment neuropathies

2.            know how to (or not to) interpret commonly used tests

3.            understand why a one-size-fits-all management for these patients has failed.

Webinar 5:   Diane Lee - The Role of the Thorax in Pelvic Girdle Pain & Dysfunction

Understanding the relationship between, and within, body regions and the consequences of impaired function of one region on another is complex. Many health practitioners specialize in body regions (low back, neck, knee) and treatment is often based on the practitioner’s training and experience. However, this reductionist approach may not be optimal in that each body region is also integrated, and interdependent, as part of the whole body/person.  No studies have correlated persistent pain anywhere in the body to a consistent impairment. Therefore, in persistent pain conditions such as low back pain, pelvic girdle, pain, plantar fasciitis, headache etc., understanding what body region, and system within that region, should be treated requires an individual clinical reasoning approach. This 45-minute lecture will introduce tests to determine when the thorax is playing a critical role for an individual with impaired function of the pelvic girdle (loss of mobility and/or control) with or without associated pelvic girdle pain. The role of manual therapy for articular, neural, myofascial and/or visceral system impairments impacting the various thoracic rings will be outlined as part of the individualized multi-modal treatment approach.

Webinar 6:   Prof  Jaap van Dieen - Motor Control cnanges on low-back pain


Pain and especially movement-related pain is a strong stimulus to change the way we move. Consequently, differences in motor control between patients with low-back pain and healthy controls can be expected. However, studies show that these changes are not very inconsistent; large variance exists in findings on motor control between studies and between patients within studies. The theoretical approach I take in my research is to consider changes in motor control in low-back pain as outcomes of a learning process under the influence of pain and pain-related cognitions. This theory yields quite specific predictions that are largely in line with empirical observations, but that require further testing. In this webinar, I will outline this theory, describe motor control changes that we and others have observed in patients with low-back pain and finally I will discuss clinical implications.


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