Prof. Gary Fryer

Dates: 26-27 Sept 2020  


CPD hours: 14  •  cost: £345  •  Registration 9:15, start 9:30 and finish 17:00

This workshop will extend your understanding and skills in the practice of muscle energy technique. The emphasis of this workshop will be to develop your skills in the use of muscle energy for pain and dysfunction of the spine and associated musculature. It will explore variations of muscle energy technique aimed to emphasis different physiological processes based on a scientific rationale. The workshop will cover the most up-to-date explanations for the therapeutic principles underpinning muscle energy and how this information impacts the use of technique and patient management in practice. It will introduce the principles of biopsychosocial management and how to most effectively manage common patient conditions such as neck and low back.


  • Develop your technical skills in the use of muscle energy techniques applied to the spine, pelvis and myofascial structures
  • Understand the scientific evidence for the application of muscle energy to spine, pelvis and myofascial pain and dysfunction
  • Apply knowledge of biopsychosocial therapeutic mechanisms in clinical reasoning for the choice of treatment techniques for different patient conditions
  • Apply an evidence-informed approach to treating neck and back pain incorporating muscle energy technique
  • Explore variations of muscle energy for effective application and to emphasize specific physiological effects


  • Essentials of evidence-informed practice and a biopsychosocial approach to treatment
  • Therapeutic physiological mechanisms of muscle energy technique
  • Principles of application for muscle energy technique (MET)
  • Practical - cervical spine technique
  • Research evidence for MET application to myofascial dysfunction
  • Practical - upper body myofascial MET
  • Integrating osteopathic techniques (OMT) based on bio-psychosocial therapeutic mechanisms
  • Neck pain patient - evidence guidelines and osteopathic approach to treatment
  • Practical - neck pain patient
  • Low back & pelvic pain patient - evidence guidelines and osteopathic approach to treatment
  • Muscle energy approaches for treatment of the pelvis and SIJ
  • Practical - low back & pelvic pain patient

      Gary Fryer is an Associate Professor and Course Chair in Osteopathic Medicine at Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia. Gary completed his osteopathic training in 1991 and practiced osteopathy in Melbourne, Brisbane, and currently in rural Victoria. Gary has been extensively involved in osteopathic education and research, having taught osteopathic principles, technique, and research methods at Victoria University since 1997. His research interests have been diverse and include the reliability of palpation, the use of osteopathic techniques by the international profession, the biomechanical effects of spinal manipulation, and the neurophysiological mechanisms of manipulative treatment. Gary has been an advocate of an evidence-informed approach to teaching and practicing osteopathy. After completing his PhD in 2007, Gary moved to Kirksville, Missouri, for a two-year period where he conducted research with the A.T. Still Research Institute and taught osteopathic manipulative medicine at Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. He has authored over 60 articles in peer-reviewed journals, several book chapters, and has been an invited speaker at osteopathic conferences in Australia, the United States, United Kingdom, Europe and Brazil.

    The course will provide for OSTEOPATHIC PRACTICE STANDARDS CPD requirements in the following areas:

    14 hours Learning with Others

    OPS CPD RequirementsLearning include
    Communication and patient partnershipListening, respecting patient's concerns and preferences, dignity and modesty, effective communication, providing information, consent, patient partnership.
    Knowledge, skills and performance Having sufficient knowledge and skills, working within training and competence, keeping up to date, analysing and reflecting on information to enhance patient care.
    Safety and quality in practicePatient evaluation, management, safeguarding, wider role in enhancing patients' health and wellbeing.