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NDS - Lower Quarter

Presented by Michael Shacklock and based on his innovative and internationally acclaimed, best-selling text (Clinical Neurodynamics), these widely hosted hands-on courses have been running for 20 years and are offered globally at universities, elite sports centers, and hospitals. michael shacklock professional course presenter

These practical hands-on courses take the therapist from the old concepts of neural tension to a new concept of neurodynamics. Shacklock’s neurodynamic concept is presented clearly and methodically and offers the clinician new techniques for diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal problems with a neural component. The Shacklock concept helps the therapist select and perform new diagnostic and treatment techniques without provoking symptoms and progresses from the highly restricted patient to the athlete. These are illustrated with practical demonstrations and real-time imaging videos of neural movement techniques, collected exclusively by Michael Shacklock and the Neurodynamic Solutions (NDS) faculty.

Key features of the courses include:

  • Lab/practical sessions with demonstrations and practicing of techniques
  • New neural testing and treatment techniques
  • New systematic diagnosis and treatment approach
  • Integration of neural techniques with the musculoskeletal system
  • Systematic progressions from low to high levels of performance
  • Scientifically support with evidence-based research and real-time videos of nerve movement

This practical course offers Monday morning neurodynamic solutions for the therapist in musculoskeletal practice. 


  1. The concept of neurodynamics
  2. Neurodynamic sequencing system
  3. The phenomenon of convergence
  4. Specific neurodynamics of the lumbar spine and lower quarter
  5. Effect of bilateral neurodynamic testing on neurodynamics – slump test and SLR
  6. Neuropathodynamics – expanding the boundaries and classification of different dysfunctions
  7. Neurodynamic testing – SLR, slump, PKB, femoral slump, obturator slump, peroneal, sural and tibial neurodynamic tests and sensitisation techniques
  8. Planning the physical examination – how not to provoke pain but still treat the neurodynamic component. How to sensitise the examination and treatment for hidden neurodynamic problems, level 1,2 and type 3a, 3b, 3c and 3d examinations.
  9. Diagnosis of neurodynamic tests – differentiating neural tissue from neuromusculoskeletal tissues, establishing what is normal and abnormal
  10. Classification and diagnosis of specific dysfunctions – sliding dysfunction, tension dysfunction, pathophysiological dysfunction, mechanosensitivity dysfunction, mechanical interface dysfunctions, hyperactivity protective muscle dysfunction, innervated tissue dysfunctions.
  11. Method of treatment – system of technique progression, hypersensitivity problems, hidden neural component and sensitized examination
  12. Treatment progressions – from level 1 to 3c for the lumbar nerve root foraminal opening and closing dysfunctions, neural tension dysfunction, combined neural tension and reduced closing dysfunctions (level/type 3c), piriformis syndrome treatment combinations, heel pain syndrome and posterior tibial nerve disorders, peroneal and sural nerve disorders, specific neural siding dysfunctions.

Applied to Specific Disorders

  • Lumbar radiculopathy
  • Piriformis syndrome
  • Hamstring injury
  • Heel pain/tarsal tunnel syndrome

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