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Pre-Conference Workshops

Working with Posture: A Biopsychological Perspective

Presented by Robert Libbey

This interactive workshop will present evidence-informed research supporting Ligamentous Articular Strain Techniques, through a combination of demonstration and hands-on practical application and feedback.

If you are looking to challenge your perceptions on posture; change how you communicate with your patients; incorporate mechanoreceptor specific techniques in your work; and engage with the research pertaining to posture and how to incorporate that research into your practice, then this is the workshop for you.

Together we’ll look at the biopsychosocial model and how it applies to posture. We will challenge the preconceived negative perceptions and communication pertaining to posture, start positively cultivating body awareness and improve functional positioning, and promote strength and adaptability.

Not only will you walk away thinking and communicating differently about posture but you will learn strategic manual techniques focused on changing habitual positions, targeting the nervous system with mechanoreceptor specific techniques for the ligamentous and tendinous structures.

Key concepts in getting to the nub of your client’s back pain

Presented by Josephine Keys

This workshop will briefly review healthy spinal support and control mechanisms, and provide some new insights into postural control and aligning the thorax. It will also examine some of the myths around ‘core control’ and ‘deep breathing’. A clinical working model of posturo-movement dysfunction and a simple clinical subgroup classification system will be presented. This guides patient assessment and patient-tailored interventions – both manual and movement therapy - to address dysfunction which may underpin the client’s pain.

In the practical component, we will cover the common observable changes seen in postural assessment, and the specific testing and re-education of effective control of the deep spinal stabilisation system. We will also discuss complementary manual therapy approaches and workshop a series of suitable and appropriately staged home exercises which care for the spine and re-establish effective control of the deep axial support and stabilisation system.

Conference Breakouts (3 hours)

Trauma informed care

Presented by Mirna Tarabay

This 3-hour introductory workshop will assist participants to recognise the impact of abuse, neglect and other interpersonal trauma on people accessing their service. It is an ideal introduction to mental health, recovery and trauma concepts for practitioners who do not work in the mental health field.

You will learn about a range of topics including: trauma; how trauma relates to the stress response; understanding flashbacks, triggers and dissociation; developing trauma-informed responses by exploring safety in relationships; and understanding vicarious trauma and vicarious resilience.

The workshop will increase your confidence in responding to people who have experienced interpersonal trauma and develop trauma-informed responses to increase safety within your work environment.

Knowing thyself: the importance of self-awareness for massage therapists

Presented by Tim Clark

We all like to think we’re pretty self-aware but even the most introspective of massage therapists can be tripped up by their unconscious material. This interactive session looks at how we can recognise our blind spots so they don’t come between us and our clients. It promises to be an enlightening and refreshingly honest exploration of who we really are and how self-awareness can make us better therapists.

Ligamentous Articular Strain Techniques for the Shoulder

Presented by Robert Libbey

In this interactive workshop, we will cover specific assessment and innovative treatment techniques to effectively treat neurofascial force-coupling dysfunctions of the shoulder to improve treatment outcomes. It combines demonstration with hands-on practical application and feedback. You will learn ligament pain referral patterns for the shoulder supported by the Neurophysiological Model for referred pain.

By the end of the 3-hour workshop, you will be able to:

A unique look at the pelvis in health and its dis-ease

Presented by Josephine Keys

The pelvis is a busy cross roads of function between the legs and the spinal column. It is one of the main agents of weight shift through the body and the initiator of much spinal posturo-movement yet its healthy function is generally little appreciated, let alone its dysfunction as a cause and perpetuator of spinal pain syndromes.

This workshop will briefly cover healthy pelvic function and introduce the pelvic fundamental patterns of control. We will proffer a working model of pelvic dysfunction commonly seen in low back pain and pelvic pain disorders. The practical aspect will cover the common observable changes in pelvic postural and movement assessment, and discuss appropriate manual therapy avenues to redress pelvic joint and myofascial dysfunction.

We will then look at complementary movement therapy and its incorporation into a few simple mindful related exercises that can be adopted as part of activities of daily living.

Building for Success

Presented by Derek Zorzit

This highly interactive and fun workshop will cover how to improve relationship with GPs and health care providers to increase business; how to deal effectively with Comcare and other insurance agencies; keeping client retention rates high; using your spare time well for marketing; and using AMT marketing resources and available research data successfully. It’s there for a reason! You will learn how to maintain and build a client base ethically and professionally, without creating dependence or relying on rebooking clients without a sound therapeutic rationale.