Physiotherapy courses

WalK:BacK IV - Course description

WalK:BacK Level IV.- Back to Spinal Health in the Office* - (What it says on the label!)
*This course requires previous attendance on the Walk:BacK Workshops to Level II
A one day workshop analysing pathogenic movement patterns affecting the spine and pelvis with relation to Office and VDU tasks. The course will examine sitting and work related postures which can exacerbate upper-limb and spinal problems. Practical solutions based on improved postural control and walking as a powerful treatment tool will be examined. Participants (Max 16) will use digital video, movement dysfunction theory and Pilates principles to problem solve task related problems. Expanding on WalK:BacK level I & II, more time will be spent on delivering solutions for work specific tasks and recreational exercise.
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About the course
This is an ALL NEW workshop style course for physiotherapists, from the popular originator of the "Pilates 1:1 programme" John Stephenson MMACP MSc SRP MCSP. The original Pilates 1:1 workshops repeatedly sold out when first released back in 2000 and strong interest is anticipated again.

Presented exclusively to groups of 8-16 physiotherapists, the compact tutorial style allows for excellent hands on learning. The Walk:BacK Workshop series, brings together theory from the latest spinal stabilisation research (Richardson et al 2004) with the exercise systems of Joseph Pilates, adverse neural dynamics (Butler 1990) and gait analysis. Those attending the course will rapidly assimilate a practical knowledge base, that can be applied to solving spinal health and mobility problems. The course content is highly applicable to many common out-patient situations and is provided in a format that allows integration into clinical practice from day one. The Walk:BacK Workshop Programme builds, over five modules, to provide a clinical tool that can be used to restore normal function at many levels. The program is equally applicable to the client incapacitated by Back Pain, to the athlete wishing to add performance to Elite level.

Who is John Stephenson BSc Hons. MSc MMACP SRP MCSP
John Stephenson graduated in 1994, with a First Class Honours Degree in Physiotherapy, from UEL London. He also completed a Masters degree in Physiotherapy in 1997 at UCL.

Now specialising in stabilisation and performance programs for elite athletics and dance clients, John has gained extensive experience of Athletics, Pilates and the Performing Arts while working with some of the top names in the UK.

In 1991 he moved to Bristol to head up the Clinical team at the University of Bristol’s, Exercise and Sports Medicine Workshop, providing exercise and sports medicine clinics, to students, members and the general public. (See ). The emphasis of "The Workshop" concept for the Sports Medicine clinics, was for individuals to be expertly assessed and then put on a multi-disciplinary treatment pathway which takes them back to their chosen activity level. Still in Bristol, John worked with the Jonathan Webb Clinic and BUPA Bristol before moving to set up his own practice.

In addition to working clinically with sports people of all abilities, he also lectures, provides clinical workshops and writes web based resources for both clinicians and patients.
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How to Book
To check on availability:
Please call free on: 0800 015 0005 (10am-3pm M-F)
Ask for course secretary Carrie Stephenson
E:mail your enquiry

How to Pay
Please make your cheque payable to: for £120

Send to:
Carrie Stephenson (WalK:BacK Workshops),
35 Alexandra Park
Redland, BRISTOL

Course Admin. (10am-3pm M-F) 0800 015 0005