Pre-Conference Workshops on Friday 26 May 2023

Simplifying the Knee and Ankle – Aubrey Gowing
In this very special knee and ankle pre-conference workshop, you will learn practical and effective approaches for identifying and treating the cause of many chronic ankle and knee pain problems. The corrective manual therapy approach combines pain-free soft tissue work with gentle and effective joint mobilisation routines that positively influence the brain's sensory receptor system. By down-regulating noxious input to the central nervous system, the client experiences less protective muscle guarding, enhanced pain relief and quicker results. Aubrey will provide participants with an ’easy to grasp’ formula for assessing and treating common conditions such as meniscus issues, simple tendon and ligament pain, muscle imbalance patterns and talar dysfunction.

Ortho-Bionomy Structural Techniques for Shoulder Pain and Dysfunction – Bruce Stark
Shoulder problems and injuries are highly disruptive in our clients’ lives. The complex interrelationships of the musculoskeletal, fascial and neurological structures contribute to the experiences of pain, movement restriction and postural imbalances which can be especially challenging to address. Using the gentle, non-invasive structural techniques of Ortho-Bionomy you can focus on specific mechanisms to affect significant changes for your clients. This workshop will provide you with the structural skills to assess and treat common and complex shoulder issues. These structural techniques can be applied immediately and confidently in your practice.

  National Conference Sessions on 27–28 May 2023
  Keynote Speakers

Common Challenges and Potential Solutions  Aubrey Gowing
In his keynote presentation, Aubrey will discuss some of the common issues and concerns voiced by therapists around the world. He will then outline some suggestions on how we might best resolve these concerns and look towards creating a new golden age of bodywork!

Smart Strategies for Self-care – for you and your business  Virginia Shaw
Working in a profession that looks after others is a gift, and very rewarding. Nothing is more exciting than seeing a client move more freely, be without pain and smile. But how do you look after and care for yourself? Something that we easily forget is that just as our clients need to be looked after, we need to look after ourselves which in turn will allow our business to flourish.

  Main Presentation  

Pelvic Torsion and Back Pain  Aubrey Gowing
Back pain is multifaceted and can sometimes seem difficult to treat. But in reality, there is a finite number of structures likely contributing to your client's back pain. In this demonstration, Aubrey will discuss some of the most common causes and provide practical instruction on how to recognise these common factors and how to treat them.

  Breakout Sessions  

Structural Techniques for Knee Dysfunction – Bruce Stark
The knee joint is one of the most complex joints in the body. Overuse, injury and instability have significant functional implications which often lead to pain and movement restrictions. The gentle, non-invasive structural techniques of Ortho-Bionomy are highly effective in addressing many of the dysfunctions associated with knee issues.

An Ecological-Dynamics Approach to Assessing and Designing Therapeutic Interventions – Roger Gooch and Joe Rowley
This session will begin with an overview of contemporary theories of motor learning and skill acquisition. It will then discuss how joint motion, muscle activity and neural control interact to produce task-oriented movement. Practical activities will be used to convey how these concepts can be applied to create movement-oriented assessments and interventions. Finally, soft tissue techniques will be taught and considered in relation to the above framework.

Treatment Options for the Neck and TMJ Conditions – Lily Chiu
Lily will present a review of the anatomy and the biomechanics of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and discuss some of the different pathologies to consider when assessing for TMJ pain. This session will include the assessment of the cervical spine and its significant influence its posture has on the TMJ movement and pain. Demonstrations of some soft tissue techniques will be shown to guide to the management of neck and TMJ pain, including intraoral techniques.