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Part A - The Lumbar Spine

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Part A - The Lumbar Spine

19.04.2024 - 21.04.2024


This four day (28 hour - three days face to face and one day online) course presents the theoretical aspects and concepts of the McKenzie Method in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy, as applied in the examination and treatment of patients with complaints of low back and related referred pain.  Through lectures and demonstrations the derangement, dysfunction and postural syndromes are described in detail and appropriate treatment plans are outlined with emphasis on the use of patient self-treatment procedures.  The clinical efficacy and limitations of the McKenzie approach as applied to the lumbar spine, are illustrated by examples and demonstrations. 

There is a self-learning online component to successfully complete at least one week before commencement of the rest of the course.  This online component is approximately 8 hours work and can be completed in smaller sections of time across multiple days.



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Date and time

Start: 9.00am Friday 19th April, 2024
End: 5.00pm Sunday 21st April, 2024

There is also an 8 hour online, SELF DIRECTED, learning module that will need to be completed prior to 12th April, 2024

Royal Stoke University Hospital
Therapies Outpatient Department, Trent Building
Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 6QG
United Kingdom


£225.00 if this is being taken as a refresher course


20 Spaces

Additional Information

This course is open to Physiotherapists, Chiropractors, GP's, Osteopaths and final year students . If you have a similar background to these specialisms, and can demonstrate that you have a sufficient education in anatomy, please contact us to see if you are eligible to attend.

You will need a reliable internet connection to attend this course.

Cancellation Policy:
Once you have enrolled on the course you will be sent an invoice for payment, which is due immediately. No refunds are available for cancellations so please ensure you are able to attend the course before you make your booking. In the event that the course is not able to go ahead on the specified dates, you will be transferred to a later date.

Lecturer profile

Dr Philomena Commons

PT, Dip. MDT

Dr Philomena Commons is a Senior lecturer in Physiotherapy and Sports therapy in Leeds Metropolitan University. She also works as a clinician in Neurophysiotherapy and St Georges Crypt in Leeds treating musculoskeletal disorders. She completed her Diploma in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy in Minnesota, USA in 1996 and became a Faculty member with the UK McKenzie branch in 2001.

She has presented McKenzie courses in UK and Bangladesh and introduced the McKenzie Method to physiotherapists and doctors in Afghanistan, Madagascar and New Delhi. Her particular interests lie in the area of exercise for health, wellbeing and fitness and in developing physiotherapy clinicians. She has a particular interest in disability and development and in improving services for marginalised groups. She is the research officer in ADAPT, the CSP Special Interest group for physiotherapists with an interest in overseas work.

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Royal Stoke University Hospital


Royal Stoke University Hospital
Therapies Outpatient Department, Trent Building
Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 6QG
United Kingdom