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  • 05 Oct, 2019
  • 9.00 - 17.30
Bon Secours Hospital

Presenter Name

Thomas Dekkers

Target Participant Level


Speciality Tag

Musculoskeletal Therapy, Orthopedics, Pain Management, Sports Medicine

Number Of Contact Hours


Are Refreshments Included On The Day ?


Cost to Attend

€160 (Standard)
( ISCP Member )
(ISCP Student Member )
( CIG/EG/Branch Member )

Learning Objectives

To understand the multifactorial nature of Low Back Pain and how physiotherapy management is ideally placed to target biological, psychological and social contributers using up to date evidence-based practice.

To integrate exercise medicine and pain neuroscience within this biopsychosocial approach.

To improve skills in educating patients about their back pain, hence empowering them to take an active role in self-management.

To develop clinically reasoned therapeutic exercise programmes, using a combination of functional rehabilitation, motor control and strength and conditioning principles.



Event Description

Low Back Pain is the greatest contributor to global disability. Although it is highly prevalent and extensive research has been conducted, Back Pain remains one of the most difficult conditions to manage for those working in musculoskeletal practice.  Non-specific diagnostic labels, complex psychosocial interactions and a plethora of treatment approaches all add to this difficulty.

In this one-day course, Thomas delivers a clear and simplified approach to managing Back Pain. Drawing on numerous schools of thought, up to date research and his own experience, he presents an evidenced based framework that will help clinicians make sense of the patient in front of them  and to choose effective management strategies. 

Throughout this highly practical course there is a strong emphasis on integrating Exercise Medicine and Neuroscience. Participants will learn how to deliver clear evidenced based Education, as a first major step to managing this patient group. Teaching then focuses on developing individualised therapeutic exercise programs, blending Motor Control and Strength & Conditioning principles. The course closes with a series of case studies demonstrating the real life application of the techniques, allowing participants to transfer skills directly into their existing clinical practice.

Presenter Profile

Thomas Dekkers is a Chartered Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Having completed a BSc degree in Physiology at University College Cork in 2005, Thomas went on to study Physiotherapy at the University of East Anglia. In 2013 he completed a Masters in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy with distinction from the University of Queensland, Australia. While living in the UK he worked in the National Health Service (NHS), private practice and with Team GB athletes at the English Institute of Sport. In this time he also held research and teaching roles at the Institute of Sport, Exercise & Health (ISEH) at University College London. In 2016 he returned to Ireland, co-founded Evolve Health and began working as a Physiotherapist with the mens Cork Senior Gaelic Football team. Thomas has had a career-long fascination with Back Pain and continues to manage a predominantly spinal caseload in his private practice, while also teaching internationally in the area. In addition, he is currently undertaking a PhD at Technological University Dublin, investigating Back Pain in elite sporting athletes.

Cost to Attend

This 1 day course costs €160 to attend.

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