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Pre-Conference Workshops

Ligamentous Articular Strain Technique for the leg and foot

Presented by Robert Libbey

Let’s simplify!

With all the different kinds of lower extremity cases that come into our offices, it can feel daunting to know where to start. Let’s help patients achieve a sense of lightness and let’s put some spring back into their step.

Join Robert in this preconference workshop and learn simple, subtle and effective treatment techniques to help your patients move and feel better. You’ll gain a better understanding of pain science and how the biopsychosocial model of care integrates seamlessly into manual treatment and improves outcomes.

Exercise for Health: moving beyond the headlines

Presented by Dr Shelley Keating

Is high intensity interval training the best type of exercise? What are ‘exercise snacks’ and should we be having them? Is sitting really the new smoking? Does stretching reduce the risk of injury?

In this workshop, Shelley will answer these questions and break down the evidence (or lack thereof) for common exercise myths and truths that often receive media hype. With a focus on practical applications (working up a sweat during the day is optional but encouraged!) and clinical case studies from her research, Shelley will unpack the evidence behind the current Australian Physical Activity Guidelines.

This workshop is ideal if you would like to revise and develop your knowledge of exercise physiology, experience common prescriptions of interval training, understand how to critically evaluate the quality of exercise-based research and establish referral pathways to an accredited exercise physiologist.

Conference Breakouts (3 hours)

Motivational interviewing

Presented by Alison Sim

In this practical, engaging and interactive workshop, you will learn the basics of the science of communication and why becoming better skilled in this area can help your clinical outcomes more than you might imagine. You will have the opportunity to practise in a safe and simulated environment, and learn skills that you can implement back in the clinic on Monday morning.

We will review:

Get off the table

Presented by Lida Fiddes

Humans come in different shapes and sizes, and we interact with them in different environments. However, the person we are treating may not be able to lie flat on a treatment table or the location may not allow for a table to be set up. Of course we know that our hands and our knowledge are the real tools of our trade so let’s look at adapting our skills to suit our settings and client needs. In this highly interactive workshop, you will explore the techniques used in treating seated, standing, and floor-based patients safely and effectively.

Ligamentous Articular Strain Techniques for the elbow and wrist

Presented by Robert Libbey

Carpals can be confusing. Let’s simplify the carpal chaos!

Join Robert in this 3-hour workshop where you will achieve a better understanding of the connections of the wrist and hand to the elbow and shoulder. You’ll learn simple and effective treatment techniques and have a better understanding of pain science and how the biopsychosocial model integrates seamlessly into manual treatment and improves outcomes.

Program design for manual therapy

Presented by Dan Wonnocott

With an ever-evolving array of new techniques promising to give you the “missing link”, an evidence base that is constantly debunking and challenging the rationales commonly offered up, and a population that is still actively seeking out manual therapy, it has never been a more confusing time to be a therapist. Amongst the mad rush to “fill toolboxes” with shiny things to post on social media, clinical reasoning and treatment planning have fallen by the wayside.

This workshop will explore the design of programming manual therapy intervention in a manner which uses clinical reasoning and respects the current evidence base. It will allow you to add value to clients from all walks of life without feeling like you are bending the truth or just hoping they get better before you run out of shiny tools to use.

We will explore all things roles, goals and timing of manual therapy intervention and help you and your clients better understand how, when, and why manual therapy very much has a place in the health and performance space.