Tom Waldron,
Biomechanics and Movement Therapy
Franklin Method Tutor
Just had a really inspiring and knowledge dump of a weekend at Movement Therapy Education!

We spent a day with elite track side therapists as they shared their knowledge, experience and skills on how to produce fast and effective results with athletes, even minutes before they go to compete/perform. One of the most valuable and educational days I've ever had for sure!
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Movement Therapy Diploma
Therapy education has, on the whole, been stuck in a period of explanations that are very mechanical. The human body is not a machine and can't be treated as such. Machines can’t adapt - humans can.  If you have heard these terms in your previous training or from therapists you’ve seen:

Breaking down scar tissue...
Postural alignment...Text neck...Upper Cross Syndrome...
Breaking down adhesions...

then our diploma is definitely for you. The days of teaching about perfect postural alignment and pronated feet and valgus knees causing pain should be a thing of the past. Unfortunately, these theories are still taught. Informing patients that their pain is due to a structural 'problems' can be very damaging to their prognosis and make them reliant on being 'fixed' by the therapist.

We ensure that you are taught the VERY LATEST RESEARCH on each and every training day to make sure that the reasoning behind your assessment and treatment decisions can be fully justified using the latest in therapy science.
Pain Science
Throughout the course we focus on the therapeutic relationship between you and your patient and how to build a therapeutic alliance so that you can enable your patient to UNDERSTAND their symptoms, UNDERSTAND the basics of pain science so that they can take CONTROL of their symptoms and you can help them move forward.

Being on your own can be daunting...

We provide a private Facebook group for all of our learners and graduates. We actively encourage our Movement Therapy Diploma learners across the UK to work together to form professional networks.
If you have a tricky patient, a condition you've never heard of or need some help with your marketing then this group, with its diverse range of people, can help guide you in the right direction. It can be daunting setting up on your own, but we make sure that you have someone to contact whilst studying and when graduating so that you feel part of a large multidisciplinary team.

Part of a team

The Movement Therapy Diploma is accredited by the Sports Therapy Association and upon completion of the diploma, you can register as a member of the STA. Throughout your studies, you can join as a student member where you also have access to the STA Facebook groups where there are hundreds of experienced and well-qualified therapists around the UK to help you during your studies and after graduating.

Insurance

As a member of the STA you will be able to apply for student insurance through Balens and then convert to full insurance once you have graduated

Advanced Insurance

When you reach phase 4 of the course you will learn techniques that, if you would would like to use them in practice, require a higher level of insurance. We have teamed up with BGi Insurance to insure you for these more advanced manipulative therapy skills

Industry alliance

We have teamed up with Sports Injury Fix to help give you the best possible start for your business from the very beginning. Sports Injury Fix is a cloud based software system that helps you with online booking, payment taking and note taking. You can create a profile and start advertising your new business as soon as you graduate.
Flexible learning

The diploma course is ENTIRELY flexible. Choose from our range of dates to build YOUR perfect course. The diploma course takes between 24 and 30 months to complete and we will help you find the information you need to make you a better therapist.
"It's a fab course I thoroughly enjoyed it,"
Karen Lillie
" You will always experience one hell of an amazing learning journey with Mike as your tutor!
One of the very best"
Rachel France
"Highly recommend"
Lindsay Wilcox-Reid
The Complete Course
Whether you are a complete beginner or experience practitioner, everyone will benefit from this course
Complete 
Beginner?
  • 100's of hours of lectures and video content covering the anatomy and physiology of sports therapy
  • All Level 3 content covered as revision for those already qualified or as a starting point for new practitioners
  •  Practical theory days to learn new hands on skills
  •  Small group learning sessions
  •  Experienced therapists support
  •  Social media support group
Already Level 
3/4 Qualified?
  • Degree Level Anatomy lectures to enhance your knowledge from Level 3/4
  • OSCE style case studies to enhance your clinical reasoning
  •  Comprehensive clinical assessments to compliment your soft tissue skills
  •  Red Flags - what they are - what to do
  •  Understand what the techniques you learn on level 3 and 4 actually do, when to use them and when not to use them
Experienced
(Level 5 +)?
  • Hone your soft tissue skills and add taping, IASTM, Cupping and joint manipulations to your repertoire
  •  Learn in depth regional pathology to enhance your differential skills
  •  Learn how to promote your business and grow your client base
  •  Apply up to date evidence based clinical and critical thinking to your practice 
  •  Neurological testing skills and what to do with the results
The Course Structure
The course will take approximately 2.5 years to complete. The course consists of 23 modules including pre-course learning from Level 3 and Level 4 course content to ensure any learners who don't already have these qualifications have access to the material beforehand. The course is split in to 4 phases:
Pre-Course Resources
(These resources are available throughout the duration of your course)
  • All Level 3 and 4 Sports Massage Resources including videos of lectures/techniques covering all aspects of the theory and practical elements of those courses (Please note - we also deliver this content throughout course and critically analyse the techniques that are taught at Level 3 and 4)
  • All Level 2 and 3 Anatomy and Physiology from the Level 2 and 3 Fitness and Personal Training Courses - Hours of lecture content to use as revision or as a starting point if you have only covered massage criteria previously
Example video - Knee Anatomy:
Example video - Shoulder Anatomy:
Example video - Skeletal Muscle:
Example video -
The Heart:
Phase One

Case History and Explain Pain (One Day)

Overview
• How to take a thorough case history
• How to identify potential red and yellow flags (serious ill health as opposed to common musculoskeletal problems)
• Professional practice - key points in starting your practice
• Regional contraindications
• What is pain?
• Causes of pain
• Communicating with patients

Tissue Healing and Therapeutic Interventions (One Day)

Overview
• The stages of recovery from soft tissue and bone injuries
• Classification and healing times/processes for ligament, muscle, tendon and bone injuries
• Appropriate therapuetic interventions in the early stage of injury
• Investigating the science behind manual therapy

Phase Two

Clinical Assessment and Early Exercise - Shoulder (Two Days)

Overview
• Structure of the shoulder
• Anatomy of all ligaments, bursa, muscles, connective tissue, nerves and blood supply to the shoulder
• Active, Passive, Active Resisted, and Clinical testing for the shoulder
• Evaluating the effectiveness of clinical testing including the validity, reliability, sensitivity and specificity of tests
• Manual therapy techniques for the shoulder
• Exercise intervention of the shoulder - muscular endurance, strength, proprioception and functional tasks
• All elements integrate the case history, pain science and tissue healing information and activities
covered in phase 1

Clinical Assessment and Early Exercise - Knee (Two Days)

Overview
• Structure of the knee
• Anatomy of all ligaments, bursa, muscles, connective tissue, nerves and blood supply to the knee
• Active, Passive, Active Resisted, and Clinical testing for the knee
• Evaluating the effectiveness of clinical testing including the validity, reliability, sensitivity and specificity of tests
• Manual therapy techniques for the knee region
• Exercise intervention of the knee- muscular endurance, strength, proprioception and functional tasks
• All elements integrate the case history, pain science and tissue healing information and activities covered in phase 1

Clinical Assessment and Early Exercise - Ankle and Foot (Two Days)

Overview
• Structure of the Ankle & Foot
• Anatomy of all ligaments, bursa, muscles, connective tissue, nerves and blood supply to the Ankle & Foot
• Active, Passive, Active Resisted, and Clinical testing for the knee
• Evaluating the effectiveness of clinical testing including the validity, reliability, sensitivity and specificity of tests
• Manual therapy techniques for the Ankle & Foot region
• Exercise intervention of the Ankle & Foot - muscular endurance, strength, proprioception and functional tasks
• All elements integrate the case history, pain science and tissue healing information and activities covered in phase 1

Clinical Assessment and Early Exercise - Spine (Two Days)

Overview
• Structure of the Spine
• Anatomy of all ligaments, bursa, muscles, connective tissue, nerves and blood supply to the Spine
• Active, Passive, Active Resisted, and Clinical testing for the shoulder
• Manual therapy techniques for the Spine
• Evaluating the effectiveness of clinical testing including the validity, reliability, sensitivity and specificity of tests
• Exercise intervention of the Spine - muscular endurance, strength, proprioception and functional tasks
• All elements integrate the case history, pain science and tissue healing information and activities covered in phase 1

Clinical Assessment and Early Exercise - Elbow/Wrist/Hand (Two Days)

Overview
• Structure of the Elbow, Wrist & Hand
• Anatomy of all ligaments, bursa, muscles, connective tissue, nerves and blood supply to the Elbow, Wrist & Hand
• Active, Passive, Active Resisted, and Clinical testing for the Elbow, Wrist & Hand
• Evaluating the effectiveness of clinical testing including the validity, reliability, sensitivity and specificity of tests
• Manual therapy techniques for the Elbow, Wrist & Hand
• Exercise intervention of the Elbow, Wrist & Hand - muscular endurance, strength, proprioception and functional tasks
• All elements integrate the case history, pain science and tissue healing information and activities covered in phase  1

Clinical Assessment and Early Exercise - Hip (Two Days)

Overview
• Structure of the Hip
• Anatomy of all ligaments, bursa, muscles, connective tissue, nerves and blood supply to the Hip
• Active, Passive, Active Resisted, and Clinical testing for the Hip
• Evaluating the effectiveness of clinical testing including the validity, reliability, sensitivity and specificity of tests
• Manual therapy techniques for the Hip
• Exercise intervention of the Hip - muscular endurance, strength, proprioception and functional tasks
• All elements integrate the case history, pain science and tissue healing information and activities covered in phase 1
Phase Three

Neurological Testing for Manual Therapists (One Day)

Overview
• Anatomy of the Cervical and Lumbar Spine
• Neuroanatomy of the upper and lower extremity
• Neurological examination of the upper and lower extremities including dermatomes, myotomes, reflexes and clinical tests
• This course builds on from the neuroanatomy in Phase 2

Functional Movement Screening (One Day)

Overview
• Key scientific research terms – Risk Ratio, Reliability, Validity
• Intrinsic Vs Extrinsic Biomechanical Injury Risk Factors
• Movement screening/Endurance and strength testing for the Foot/Ankle, Knee, Spine/
Trunk, Hamstrings, Hip
• Critical analysis of the Functional Movement Screen (FMS)
• Build your own movement screen

Introduction to Strength and Conditioning

Overview
• Introduction to key strength and conditioning concepts
• How to create a basic plan depending on the time of the season
• How to conduct basic strength and power tests
• Conducting a strength and conditioning session

Instrument Assisted Manual Therapy - RockBlade

Overview
• Explain the proposed physiological and physical benefits of Instrument
Assisted Manual Therapy
• Demonstration of how to use tools to change/enhance treatments for every
region of the body

Kinesio Taping - Rock Tape

Overview
• The Rocktape Kinesio Taping course is perfect for all types of physical therapists, coaches, first-aiders and even athletes who want to achieve quick, simple, safe effective relief from muscular strains and ligament/joint sprains.

Elite Trackside Therapy

Overview
• This course is aimed at those that are used to treating athletes or sports teams. Osteopaths, Chiropractors, Physiotherapists, Sports Therapists are all welcome.
• Techniques used just before athletes go out to compete

Sports First Aid

Overview
• This Sports First Aid course follows the HSE guidelines and has been tailored to meet the needs of any therapist. It is the minimum required for professional membership of the Sports Therapy Association, Sports Massage Association and the Institute of Sport & Remedial Massage. On successful completion of this one‑day course the student will receive a Certificate of Attendance.

Advanced Manual Therapy

Overview
• This course is a one-day hands on workshop exploring ‘advanced’ manual therapy techniques
• Neurophysiology of manual therapy techniques
• Learn a variety of ‘advanced’ manual therapy techniques
• Apply these techniques immediately alongside your existing range of movement and movement testing

Social Media Marketing

Overview
• How to advertsie your business on social media
• How to put together facebook/twitter and instagram promotions for your target audience
Phase Four

Fire Cupping

Overview
• This course is a two-day hands on workshop exploring the use of fire cups
• Neurophysiology of fire cupping
• Learn a variety of techniques that have been used in Premier League fotball

Joint Manipulations

Overview
• This course is a one-day hands on workshop
• Neurophysiology of joint manipulations
• Techniques for peripheral and spinal joints

Pharmacology

Overview
• This course is a an online module covering common medicines and their side effects

Research Methods

Overview
• This course is a an online module covering the basics of research methods.
• How to conduct a literature review and how critique a research paper

The course team

Mike Grice - Osteopath, Clinical Anatomist, Course Director

Mike is a Registered Osteopath with over 20 years experience in the Health and Fitness Industry. He started his own training company in 2003 specialising in Health, Fitness and manual therapy training (Movement Therapy Education) and also lecture's on the FdSc and BSc Sports Therapy programmes at University College Birmingham and throughout the world in Anatomy and Intrinsic Biomechanics Coaching. Mike has held lead tutor/instructor roles for Elite Therapy Education, Biomechanics Education, Oxford School of Sports Massage (OSSM), RockTape/RockBlade and NAQI and regularly teaches courses for Premier League and Championship football clubs alongside consultancy roles with Boots, Pera Products, Startrite, Brytespark and Convatec playing a key role in the research and development of new products and education systems. Mike regularly presents at conferences including Therapy Expo, FitPro, International Fitness Showcase, Good Health Show and the IOC world conference for Injury Prevention in Monaco.

Poora Singh - Osteopath

Clinical Director of The Edgbaston Performance Clinic, with over 17 years’ experience in elite sport and management of athletes. Heads a team of Osteopaths with special interests in Osteopathy, Sports Injuries, Orthopeadics and Strength & Conditioning.

The Senior Osteopath for British Athletics Team GB, Osteopath at the Rio Olympics 2016. Osteopath to the PGA European Tour for the last 10 years. Working with elite level Golfers worldwide. Also the Consultant Osteopath to Birmingham City Football Club and Aston Villa Football Club.

Derry Suter - Soft Tissue Therapist

Soft Tissue therapist for EIS and Team GB for the last 20 years. Derry provided treatment for Jess Ennis throughout her career and has attended 4 Olympic Games. Derry teaches on the Elite Therapy module on the Movement Therapy Education Diploma.

Alistair Cunningham

Alistair is a very experienced soft tissue therapist and has run his own clinic in Southport for the last 19 years. He has an MSC in Football Injury Rehabilitation from Edge Hill and previously worked at Liverpool Football club as a First Team Soft Tissue Therapist.  Alistair has a special interest in Chinese medicine and studied in China alongside the hospital staff in two hospitals in Beijing. Alistair is our main tutor for our Liverpool Courses.


Chris Kitson - Osteopath

Osteopath specialising in Sports Injuries and Sports Performance. Chris delivers the clinical modules on the Movement Therapy Education Diploma. Chris runs his own clinic, The Movement Hub, in Leeds and is the main tutor for our Leeds courses

Christo Koukoullis - Sports Rehabilitation

Christo Koukoullis has been a personal trainer for 9 years and has a degree in sports rehabilitation and injury prevention. Christo is also a personal trainer with the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and teaches on the Movement Therapy Education - Functional Movements Assessment module

Daniel Williams - Personal Trainer, Biomechanics Coach, Sports Therapist

Daniel has been part of the Movement Therapy Team for a number of years after building his sports therapy practice in Loughborough. He is an experienced practitioner with good links between therapy and fitness and delivers our taping and Instrument assisted module days

From the Course Director
We help you start your business...
Excellence in therapy

Our tutors range from experienced clinicians in Osteopathy, Physiotherapy, Sports Therapy, Sports Rehab, Manual Therapy. The mix of tutors makes for an exciting and diverse learning experience. We have worked with Olympic athletes, premier league football teams, Premiership rugby and have extensive experience in clinical environments working with 'everyday' patients with common aches and pains. We are experienced in running massage courses, sports massage courses, sports therapy degree programmes and Continued Professional Development courses in the therapy and fitness industry

Opportunities

Once you graduate with us you can open your own Movement Therapy Clinic with our full support. The hardest steps are starting out and with a combined 50 years of business experience in the team - we can help you start your own therapy business
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