Physiotherapy Courses

  • Nova Scotia Physiotherapy Association

Movement Assessment and Palpation Course

Location: Coastal Sports and Wellness, Bedford, NS

Dates: Friday, November 16, 2018 - Sunday, November 18, 2018

Movement Assessment and Palpation Course

Course Sponsor/Host: Advanced Therapeutic Programs
Location: Coastal Sports and Wellness, Bedford, NS
Registration Dates: Open
Registration Fees: $845 early bird deadline of Aug 1st / $995 after Sept 1st
Registration Form: Download Form


Assessment is critical in directing treatment approaches for effective and efficient results. As we become more and more aware that Function is key, assessing functional capacity becomes critical, in particular since most of the assessment strategies taught to us is from a mechanistic, structure based approach.

The Movement Assessment & Palpation (MAP) course is designed to enhance your abilities to assess movement dysfunction and loss of functional capacity in order to guide treatment. 

Assessment, from a conventional model, approaches assessment from a finite box of tests per pathology. Sadly, this approach falls short in providing a clear picture of the manifestation of the pain problem. No orthopaedic test provides 100% specificity or sensitivity, nothing in our body can function in an isolated way to allow tests such as Speed's or Empty can to provide true clarity in the pathophysiology of an injury. 

The MAP course provides you with a set of principles to guide your assessment in discovering movement dysfunction by distinguishing aberrant fascial tension, loss of motor control and recruitment as well as neural dysfunction, all in an effort to provide a clear map of where to target treatment.

The MAP course will guide you through:

• Integrated movement analysis (Gait, Squat, Pushup, Scapulo-humeral motion)
• Neuromuscular testing & motor patterning testing
• Joint by joint functional capacity (in particular accessory motions)
• Palpation of peripheral nerve branches and their importance
• Palpation of abnormal fascial tension
• Sensory nerve distribution and how it contributes to pain presentation
• Differentials for different pain presentations
• Freshly embalmed cadaver videos to allow for improved learning


The art of palpation can provide fine details of dysfunction in the body. While in the course, you will learn to develop highly specific palpation skills of the accessible peripheral nerves. This will include a thorough understanding of why it is important to be able to palpate and assess the functioning of the peripheral nerves and their contribution to movement dysfunction and pain problems. As well, specific palpation strategies will be taught to allow you the ability to decipher minute changes in fascial tension and their contribution to movement dysfunction.

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