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Dr. Eyal Lederman

Clinical stretching has limited contribution to recovery of movement range in many musculoskeletal conditions - Immediate: 3°, short-term: 1°, long-term: 0° (Cochrane Database, CD007455)

Find out why and how it can be resolved

Traditional stretching methods were shown to have a limited influence in improving range of movement (ROM) in conditions where there are pathological tissue shortening. These modest outcomes were observed for all forms of stretching approaches.
Functional stretching has been developed over 10 years by Prof Lederman to provide a solution to the limitations of traditional stretching approaches. It focuses on active restoration of ROM, using task-specific, functional movement patterns. This approach is informed by research in the areas of tissue adaptation, motor control, pain and cognitive-behavioural sciences.
Functional stretching can be used to recover ROM losses in various musculoskeletal conditions including post-injury rehabilitation, immobilisation, surgery, frozen shoulder and central nervous system damage. Part of the course will also examine the potential use of functional stretching in pain alleviation and ROM desensitisation.

  • Understanding the biomechanical, biological, neurological and psychological-behavioural processes associated with loss of movement range
  • Understanding the processes associated with long-term length adaptation and recovery of movement range
  • Ability to identify the indications for therapeutic stretching
  • Ability to identify and develop a function ROM rehabilitation which is most suitable for your patients' conditions
  • Understanding the differences between therapeutic and recreational stretching
  • Review of various stretching approaches
  • Learning new functional stretching techniques to optimise therapeutic outcome in various musculoskeletal conditions
  • Understanding mechanisms in pain-sensitisation, ROM sensitisation and the approaches that could promote alleviation and ROM desensitisation

All manual and physical therapists (osteopaths, physiotherapists, chiropractors, massage and sports therapists, etc.), trainers and couches. Teachers of all exercise approaches, including Yoga, Pilates, martial arts, etc.

Dates: 4-5 Nov 2017  

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CPD hours: 14 • cost: £275 • deposit: £150
     Dr. Eyal Lederman has been practising osteopathy for over two decades. He completed his PhD in physiotherapy at King's College, where he researched the neurophysiology of manual therapy. He also researched and developed Harmonic Technique. He is involved in research examining the physiological effects of manual therapy and the development of Neuromuscular Re-abilitation. Prof. Lederman has been teaching manual therapy and the scientific basis of manual therapy in different schools in the UK and abroad. He has published articles in the area of manual therapy and is the author of the books "Harmonic Technique", "Fundamentals of Manual Therapy", "The Science and Practice of Manual Therapy", "Neuromuscular Rehabilitation in Manual and Physical Therapy" and "Therapeutic Stretching: Towards a Functional Approach".