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Ms. Josephine Key

J Key

Josephine is a neuro-musculo-skeletal physiotherapist, educator and author. She established Edgecliff Physiotherapy Sports and Spinal Centre in Sydney in 1985. Her major interest has been in developing an improved understanding and more effective rehabilitation of spinal pain syndromes.

She has distilled the relevant research and integrated this into her practice. In pursuit of best practice she has also examined, road tested and both incorporated and discarded aspects of countless therapies and exercise systems - gradually evolving a clinical model of musculoskeletal function/dysfunction.

She has called this model the “Key Approach”. It’s a whole person, integrated systems approach which offers a different paradigm around functional movement and how changed spinal movement control, even during even the most simple every-day activities, is directly related to most spinal pain. This model is like a ‘blue print’ which can be help therapists better understand and manage most musculoskeletal pain syndromes. Clinically, disturbed control of the spine and proximal limb girdles always underlies the often complex pain presentations we commonly see in clinical practice.

She established the “Key Moves®” Programme of Therapeutic Exercise and Movement Classes in 2001. At the present time nearly 40 classes a week are conducted within her practice. This programme rests upon the tenets of the “Key Approach” and is constantly evolving as new clinical and research evidence comes to light. See 

She has presented at the International World Congress on Low Back and Pelvic Pain and the Fascia Congress a number of times and conducts workshops nationally and internationally for physiotherapists and multidisciplinary manual and movement therapists

Josephine has had a number of papers published in the international peer reviewed Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies. The most recent: “The Core: Understanding it and retraining its dysfunction” was one of the five most downloaded papers from that journal in 2014.

She is the author of the text book “Back Pain: A movement problem. A clinical approach incorporating relevant research and practice” published by Elsevier, Edinburgh, in 2010.

Her latest book “Freedom to move: Movement therapy for spinal pain and injuries” was published by Handspring, Edinburgh in 2018.