Programme details

The Maitland® Concept combines a clinical process of thorough, extensive, and methodical examination, focused treatment and evaluative assessment of movement related neuromusculoskeletal disorders by manipulative physiotherapy. It consists of a person-centred approach that integrates best research evidence, skilled hands-on techniques when appropriate and possible, targeted and carefully dosed exercise programs, and education, to optimize patient outcomes.

At the core of the concept are robust and flexible clinical reasoning strategies which prioritise the clinical evidence rather than a given diagnosis, supported by the application of theoretical knowledge and evidence from contemporary literature. 

The course consists of four modules and lasts 11 weeks with a total of 440 hours.

After successful completion of Level 2a and the certificate module at the DVMT (www.DVMT.org), German physiotherapists  may invoice the statutory medical insurance companies the extra sum for “manual therapy”.

Completion of the IMTA programme is equivalent to thirty (30) ECTS points and enables you to apply for 
IMTA´s Teacher training programme.

Level 1

Foundations of manual therapy

20 days 

REQUIREMENTS:

physiotherapists or doctors

Level 2a

Underpinning and developing skills

10 days

REQUIREMENTS:

IMTA certificate of attendence

Level 2b

Advanced skills and reasoning

10 days 

REQUIREMENTS:

IMTA Level 2a (proof of passing the exam at Level 2a) or DVMT 1e certificate

Level 3

Integrating approaches

15 days

REQUIREMENTS:

IMTA Level 2b certificate of attendence

Examination

IMTA Certificate of Competence in Advanced Neuromusculoskeletal Physiotherapy based on the Maitland® Concept

REQUIREMENTS:

IMTA Level 3 certificate of attendence

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Level 1

Equivalent to nine (9) ECTS points

  • Introduction to the Maitland® Concept within the framework of the biopsychological paradigm, clinical reasoning processes and evidence-based practice.
  • Analysis, interpretation and specific treatment of movement dysfunctions with particular focus on peripheral neurological mechanisms.
  • Examination and initial treatment of the spine and peripheral joints, including initial treatment of neural structures.
  • Application of Maitland® Concept when examining patients with movement system disorders.
  • Planning and implementing effective treatment.

Level 2a

Equivalent to six (6) ECTS points

Gap between Level 1 and 2a of no less than 6 months and no more than 4 years is recommended.

  • Consolidating knowledge gained on Level 1 course and providing deeper understanding of the Maitland® Concept.
  • Advanced skills in the examination and treatment of all peripheral joints and spine, including assessment of functional demonstration.
  • Application of differentiation tests, knowledge of the biomechanics of the spine and application of combined movements and compression.
  • Detailed examination and treatment of neurodynamic structures; providing theoretical background.
  • Examination and treatment of selected clinical syndromes.


After successful completion of Level 2a and the certificate module at the DVMT (www.DVMT.org). 

German physiotherapists may invoice the statutory medical insurance companies the extra sum for “manual therapy” .

Level 2b

Equivalent to six (6) ECTS points

Participants are recommended to have at least six months clinical experience between Level 2a and Level 2b.

  • Deeper understanding of knowledge gained on Level 1 and Level 2a courses.
  • Critical evaluation of the Maitland® Concept
  • Advanced skills in examination and treatment of movement system by adopting problem-orientated approach and making multiple hypotheses.
  • Manipulation technique (grade V) with indications and contra-indications.
  • Advanced examination and treatment of neurodynamic structures.
  • Introduction to the principles of dynamic stability of the spine.
  • Advanced understanding of neurophysiological pain mechanisms including chronic pain syndromes.
  • Further examination and treatment of selected clinical syndromes.
  • Advanced clinical reasoning.

Level 3

Equivalent to eight (8) ECTS points

Participants are recommended to have at least six months clinical experience between Level 2b and Level 3.

  • Further understanding of content of Level 1 and Level 2.
  • Advanced pain management and clinical reasoning, psychosocial aspects in examination and treatment.
  • Discussion of specific pathobiological risk factors.
  • Principles, examination and treatment of dynamic control defects around the pelvis, hips and knees.
  • Examination and treatment of craniomandibular dysfunctions together with associated pain syndromes.
  • Examination and treatment of clinical syndromes such as shoulder instability, shoulder impingement and lumbar stenosis.
  • Advanced management and modifications of cervical instability.
  • Modifications and revisions regarding manipulation (grade V) of the spine.
  • Advanced clinical reasoning, problem solving and pain management strategies.

Examination

Equivalent to one (1) ECTS points

  • Multiple-choice questions
  • Examination of techniques
  • Demonstration of satisfactory treatment approach. 

 

Completion of the entire IMTA programme is equivalent to thirty (30) ECTS points.

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