Dr. Eyal Lederman

Dates: 27 Jan 2022 (Zoom 7-9pm) & 29 Jan 2022 F2F (practical) workshop (9:30-17:00 h)  
Venue: LIEF HOUSE • 3 Sumpter Close • NW3 5HR


CPD hours: 10  •  cost: £145
• What is the source of pain and stiffness in back pain?
• What is the difference between acute and chronic back pain?
• What is spinal stiffness and how is it different in acute and chronic conditions?
• Is there a difference in the treatment of acute and chronic presentations?
• Do back exercises exist?
• Do posture and handling matter?

A highly practical workshop exploring the management of a wide range of acute and chronic low back pain and stiffness presentations, including disc and nerve root irritation, post-surgery management and more.
In this workshop Dr Lederman will explore the management of back pain and stiffness from a functional movement and process approach perspective. The aim is to provide a management which is personalised and condition-specific. The workshop is modelled on a functional approach in which the movement challenges are derived from the individual’s own movement repertoire found in daily activities and sports. A process approach is used to identify the dominant recovery processes associated with the patient’s complaint and to provide a management that supports this process. There are three primary processes underlying recovery from all musculoskeletal and pain conditions – repair, adaptation and modulation of symptoms. In the workshop the participants will learn how to support these processes within a physical therapy setting.

During the workshop participants will be introduced to a Process Approach to manage the patient’s condition; to provide the support for the processes associated with functional recovery; in particular, the repair and adaptive processes associated with spinal tissue healing and motor recovery, and the processes associated with the alleviation of pain/sensitisation. There will be also a discussion about the shortcomings of the structural/biomechanical model for explaining the causes and treatment of spinal conditions.

In the practical sessions the participants will be able to explore their own manual approaches and how they can be specifically applied for effective management. They will learn new manual approaches for treating the spine that would allow them to expand their scope of practice. The workshop will also address self-care management for the patient. The participants will be introduced to functional movement approach in which normal daily activities are attenuated or amplified to provide the physical challenges/exercise necessary for recovery. There will a discussion of current research findings and how they can be integrated into a manual/physical therapy practice to manage various spinal presentations.

  • Understand the processes underlying acute and chronic spinal conditions including pain and stiffness presentations
  • Understand the processes underlying recovery and how they can be supported
  • Understand the role of sensitisation and how to support pain and stiffness alleviation
  • Understand the tissue-related processes associated in acute and chronic spinal conditions
  • Gain insights into motor control and its implications for management
  • Be able to explore the psychological factors associated with the patient’s condition and how it impacts management
  • Understand the behavioural factors that maintain the condition and those that support recovery, including avoidance and recovery behaviour
  • Be able to create with the patient exercise and activities that will support their recovery
  • Be able to provide comprehensive self-care management for the patient
  • Simplify your clinical reasoning and management

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Dr. Eyal Lederman graduated from the British School of Osteopathy and has been in practice since 1986. He is the director of CPDO, an international centre providing continuing professional development for manual and physical therapists. Dr. Lederman completed his PhD at King's College, London, where he researched the neurophysiology of manual therapy. He also researched and developed Osteopathic Harmonic Technique, Osteopathic Functional Neuromuscular Rehabilitation and Osteopathic Functional Stretching. He has been an Honorary Senior Lecturer at University College London (UCL), Institute of Orthopaedics and Musculoskeletal Science UCL where has conducted research into functional movement rehabilitation. He has also been a visiting professor at Unitec, NZ.

Apart from these activities, Dr. Lederman regularly teaches osteopathy and manual therapy to various groups and universities in the UK and abroad. He has published several articles in the area of manual and physical 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'. His latest book 'Functional Exercise Prescription: Supporting rehabilitation in Movement and Sport' is due to be published in March 2022.

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

10 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.