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Therapeutic stretching: a functional approach. An active, multidimensional approach to recovering range of movement - Dr. Eyal Lederman (UK)

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Duur 2 dagen Start 11/05/2017 Uiterste inschrijvingsdatum 28/04/2017
Prijs € 495 Artikelnummer IC_FS17
Docenten Eyal Lederman (GBR)
Adres Campus UZ Gent, De Pintelaan 185, 9000 Gent (inrit via Corneel Heymanslaan), gebouw B3

Course dates: 11/05/2017 and 13/05/2017, from 9h till 17h.

Location: Campus UZ Gent, De Pintelaan 185, 9000 Gent (inrit via Corneel Heymanslaan), building B3

Een hele dag cursus omvat ook 2 koffiepauzes en een lunch.


Therapeutic stretching: a functional approach

An active, multidimensional approach to recovering range of movement

All clinical stretching approaches including MET and  passive and dynamic stretching have limited contribution to recovery of movement range in many musculoskeletal conditions - Immediate: 30, short-term: 10, long-term: 00 (Cochrane Database, CD007455)

Find out why and how it can be resolved

After pain, stiffness and loss of ROM is the second most common complaint in musculoskeletal management. However, traditional stretching methods were shown to have a limited influence in improving range of movement (ROM) in conditions where there are pathological muscular and fascial/connective tissue changes. These modest outcomes were observed for all forms of stretching approaches.

Functional stretching has been developed over 10 years by Dr. 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 original doctoral research carried out by Dr. Lederman at the British School of Osteopathy. This approach is also informed by research in the areas of tissue adaptation, motor control and 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.

Learning outcome:

  • 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 functional 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

Suitability to attend:

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. 


Dr. Eyal Lederman is the director of CPDO, an international centre providing continuing professional development for manual and physical therapists. He graduated from the British School of Osteopathy and been in practice since 1986. Dr. Lederman completed his PhD in physiotherapy (PT) at King's College, London, where he researched the neurophysiology of manual therapy. He also researched and developed Harmonic Technique, Functional Neuromuscular Re-abilitation and Functional Stretching. He is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at UCL where is currently conducting research into therapeutic stretching. Apart from these activities Dr. Lederman regularly teaches manual therapy to various groups and universities in the UK and abroad. He has published several articles in the area of manual therapy and is the author of the books Harmonic TechniqueFundamentals of Manual TherapyThe Science and Practice of Manual Therapy,Neuromuscular Rehabilitation in Manual and Physical Therapy and Therapeutic Stretching: Towards a Functional Approach