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Key Approach 4 Back Pain

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This series of workshops are presented by Josephine Key and offer novel insights to help clinicians deal with more complex and challenging cases - a unique, highly practical learning opportunity which integrates research with the insights of extensive clinical practice and enquiry.

The focus is upon healthy and impaired function of the torso – and how this relates to genesis and perpetuation of many pain syndromes – both peripheral and central. You will learn to recognise the common patterns of dysfunction and further develop your assessment and remedial skills with appropriate complementary manual and exercise therapy to better restore the clients function.

These are offered in 3 modules:

  • Module 1. The Lower Quadrant: The foundations of control. (2.5 day module)
  • Module 2. The Upper quadrant: An integrated model of torso movement (2.5 day module)
  • Module 3. Putting it all together. (2 day module)

These workshops are suitable for clinicians who wish to enlarge their scope of practice as both manual and movement therapists - settling the client’s pain and restoring joint and myofascial function – and encouraging self-reliance in their clients through an appropriately prescribed home exercise programme which restores spinal mobility and function.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will learn to examine and practically apply the science applicable to spinal pain. These workshops integrate the contemporary evidence in the fields of movement, fascia, pain and neuroscience with the practical insights gleaned from enquiring long-term clinical practice
  2. Students will be introduced to the Key Approach to treating spinal pain and the clinical reasoning processes contained within it
  3. Have a good understanding of the functional anatomy and physiology of the deep support/stabilisation system of the spine and the pelvic/hip complex
  4. Be introduced to a novel system of natural functional movement patterns – The Key Fundamental Patterns and the Key Moves which are ideal for constructing a stepwise spinal exercise rehabilitation programme to restore lost function. These can also be incorporated into exercise programmes in general to optimise functional performance in everyday activities, and during activities such as yoga, Pilates etc.
  5. Appreciate the common patterns of axial posturo-movement dysfunction which are commonly associated with lumbo-pelvic pain disorders and many so called ‘sports injuries’ and ‘……itises’. Be able to describe the ‘Inferior tethers’ and how they affect functional movement of the lumbar/pelvic/hip complex
  6. Be able to correlate the likely effect of the found altered movement strategies on the health of the joint and neuro-myofascial systems of the lumbo/pelvic/hip complex
  7. Develop refined manual palpation skills of the joints and myo-fascia of the lower spine/pelvis/hip complex – and identify the patterns of joint restriction and associated myofascial dysfunction which is likely causing the pain and symptoms
  8. Be able to logically construct an approach to manual treatment which redresses the found dysfunctions. What are the principal problems and which are secondary inputs?
  9. Be able to prescribe and teach the Axial and Pelvic Fundamental Patterns and address their interrelated function
  10. Be able to integrate the Axial  and Pelvic Fundamental Patterns into a suite of relevant exercises and stretches aimed at restoring functional movement of the lumbo-pelvis/hip

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