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Orthopeadic Manual Therapy Assessment and Management for the The Cervical Spine


1-Day Practical Course



Wendy Scholten-Peeters         Peter Goossens                     Jan Pool








Cairo- Egypt



14th February 2019                                          

9:00 am- 4:00 pm

Part 1

'Safe manual therapy practice in the cervical spine: a practical workshop to improve diagnostic and therapeutic skills'

9:00 am -1:00 pm


Upon completion of this session, participants will be able to:

- Apply knowledge to reduce the probability of CAD in individual patients with neck pain

- Practice the clinical examination

- Practice safe cervical spine manipulation techniques

Wendy Scholten-Peeters

Wendy has a background in physiotherapy and received her Master degree in Manual Therapy (cum laude) at the free University of Brussels, Belgium in 1996. She did her PhD in 2004 on ‘Whiplash and its management’ at the Centre for Quality of Care Research, University Medical Centre, Catholic University of Nijmegen. Since 2014 she is studying patients with musculoskeletal pain, mainly focusing on underlying mechanisms of manual therapy, effectiveness studies, and safety of manual therapy interventions at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Her teaching focuses mainly on research methodology and physiotherapeutic diagnostics and management for Master and PhD students. Wendy has been involved in the development of various evidence-based guidelines in the field of back and neck pain, is chair of the educational committee of the Dutch Association for Manual Therapy and (co)authored about 40 scientific publications in international peer reviewed journals.

Peter Goossens

Peter Goossens works as a Manual Therapist in his private practices in The Netherlands and Belgium and is a lecturer for over 25 years at the SOMT University, department of Manual Therapy, Amersfoort The Netherlands, specialized in spinal disorders. He is lecturer for over 20 years in Germany (Münster and Kerpen), and Switzerland (Derendingen).

He is also connected as Scientific Cooperator with the VUB, Free University of Brussels, department of Experimental Anatomy and he is guest lecturer at the UA, University of Antwerp.

Peter Goossens has a background in Physiotherapy and graduated in Manual Therapy at the SOMT  (1990) and received his Master degree in Manual Therapy, Cum Laude, at the VUB, Free University of Brussels. 
Since 2015 he is PhD student at the VUB, on the subject of cervical artrokinematics


Part 2

Clinical Reasoning in Neck Pain Patients

1:30 -5:30 pm


Neck pain is a common musculoskeletal disorder. The main feature of neck pain is pain in the cervical region which is often accompanied by other complaints as restriction of the range of motion and/or functional limitations. Often the neck pain is precipitated or aggravated by neck movements or sustained positions. Besides pain and stiffness, headache, brachialgia, dizziness and other signs and symptoms may be present. There is no conclusive evidence regarding specific pathology in the majority of cases for acute or chronic neck pain. The pain can originate from many structures in the cervical region. Consequently, most cases are labelled as non-specific neck pain or neck pain of unknown origin. In this course, neck pain is defined as pain and disability in the cervical region, with or without radiating symptoms in the arms or head.

The assessment and the treatment of neck pain patients are still a challenge. Despite new information and reviews on all kind of topics concerning neck pain hard evidence is scarce. Still best evidence based practice, which includes clinical expertise, is of upmost importance.


In this masterclass two aspects will be discussed. Firstly the latest evidence in assessment and treatment of the cervical spine. Starting with a critically discussion on anatomy and biomechanics of the cervical spine, the clinimetrical properties of diagnostic tools, such as the validity, reproducibility and responsiveness, will be discussed in order to create a core set of instruments.

Furthermore, the use of classification system. To achieve more substantial results of treatment, matching groups of patients with the most appropriate treatment for their profile, i.e. stratified care, good be of great importance.

Jan Pool

After working in a physical therapy clinical practice Jan started a manual therapy practice in 1983 and moved on into part-time education in 1984. In 1989 he was appointed as a member of the board of the Dutch Association of Manual Therapy (NVMT). His mean interest was education and scientific development of manual therapy. 
Jan is currently program coordinator Master Manual Therapy at the University of Applied Science, Hogeschool Utrecht in the Netherlands. This programme is an approved route leading to membership of the Dutch Member Organisation of IFOMT, the Dutch Association of Manual Therapy (NVMT). Furthermore he is working part-time in a clinical practice, Medical Centre IMPACT, in Zoetermeer the Netherlands.

Learning Outcomes:


  • The student has knowledge of the variability in anatomy and kinesiology of the cervical spine


  • The student is capable of using evidence based or informed clinical assessment of the cervical spine with movement analysis, instruments and questionnaires.  


  • The student is capable to use the bio-psycho-social principles in the clinical reasoning and treatment strategies


Who can attend?

Physiotherapists and medical doctors



National Registration

Congress Attendees: 1500 LE

Attending only the course: 1800 LE

*Get 300 LE off for every extra course/master class that you want to attend


International Registration

Congress Attendees: 100 $

Attending only the course: 120 $

*Get 20 $ off for every extra course/master class that you want to attend

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