Thomas Dekkers: THE REHABILITATION OF BACK PAIN (1 day course) October 5th 2019 Cork

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Thomas Dekkers: THE REHABILITATION OF BACK PAIN (1 day course) October 5th 2019 Cork


Location: Physiotherapy Outpatient Department, Bon Secours Hospital, Cork.


Dates & Times: Saturday October 5th 2019. 9am to 5.30pm


Eligible Participants: Chartered Physiotherapists (CORU Registered), Registered Doctors, OCI Registered Osteopaths, CAI Registered Chiropractors,

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 Course Description

Low Back Pain is the greatest contributor to global disability. Although it is highly prevalent and extensive research has been conducted, Low 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 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 course there is a strong emphasis on integrating Exercise Medicine and Neuroscience. The course is highly practical, with particular focus on developing individualised exercise programs for patients, drawing on Motor Control, Strength & Conditioning and Functional Training approaches. Therapists will learn to assess for “impairments” in posture, movement and muscle activation and determine whether these are relevant for the individual client. Strategies to enhance strength, endurance and physical performance, with a particular focus on the trunk, are then discussed. This allows participants to become flexible in their use of Exercise Medicine so that they can tailor programs to match the individual clients needs, rather than providing a “one-size fits all” approach for managing Back Pain.

Participants will also gain an in-depth understanding of developments in the field of Neuroscience and how these relate to patients with low back pain. In doing so clinicians will develop confidence in managing patients with complex pain presentations and will develop strategies to deliver clear evidenced based Education to manage this patient group. The result is that participants develop the theoretical and practical skills needed to manage Low Back Pain within a Biopsychosocial framework while at the same time (and very importantly!) enjoying their clinical practice.



“Amazing course- learned so much to try with my patients on Monday! “

“Really enjoyed the course- loads of rehab ideas….”

“Thanks so much- really feel more confident with managing back pain patients now! “

“Loved the Strength and Conditioning Workshop- Great to see how we can safely load the spine during exercise….”

Example of Course Outline 

8.30am: Registration

9.00am: Clinical Reasoning of the Lumbar Spine

10.00am: Neuroscience Workshop: Making Sense of pain and behaviour

11.00am: Morning Break

11.30am: Motor Control & Functional Training

1.30pm: Lunch

2.15pm: Strength and Conditioning Training I

3.15pm: Afternoon Break

3.30pm: Strength and Conditioning Training II

4.30pm : Putting it all together & Case Studies

5.00pm: Questions and Close

Course Tutor

Thomas Dekkers MPhty MSc BSc (Hons) MISCP

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 in the UK he worked in the National Health Service (NHS), private practice and with various elite sports. During his time in London he held both clinical and managerial roles at The Centre for Health and Human Performance on Harley Street. At this time he also worked at the English Institute of Sport with Team GB athletes and 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 worked as a Physiotherapist with the Mens Cork Senior Gaelic Football team. Thomas has had a career-long fascination with the spine and Back Pain. He continues to manage a predominantly spinal caseload in his private practice both in Ireland and the UK, teaches internationally in the area and is currently undertaking a PhD investigating Back Pain in Gaelic Football athletes at Technological University Dublin.


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