GRASTON technique

20151124_203239IMTA teaching assistant Paolo Bertacchini from Italy gives a short intro about a workshop of the GRASTON technique:

I attended a very intersting course in learning the GRASTON technique. It’s from USA and the participants have the possibility to use these special steel tools (6 types) to treat soft tissues (muscle, fascia ecc..). The care consists in  moving these tools (after having applyed a cream) on the skin in different ways and every tool is specific to treat a problem.

Very effective to decrease the pain and the resistance of the soft tissues. Nice to apply the maneuvers during exercises or neurodynamic techniques. Very powerful the association with the tape after having treated the tissues. Confortable for the patient and relieving for pain as soft touch.

Yours Paolo



Grieve’s Modern Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy

“The Grieve” is back!
Grieve’s Modern Manual Therapy has been a standard text for manual therapists / manipulative physiotherapists since its  first edition was published in 1986.
Advances in clinical practice and research si
nce the third edition of Grieve’s Modern Manual Therapy was published in 2005.
The original manual therapy or manipulative therapy approaches have transformed into musculoskeletal physiotherapy.
This is recognised by the change in title for the new fourth edition – Grieve’s Modern Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy (Churchill Livingstone).
Contributions from renowned clinical experts and researchers ensure a broad range of the most clinically relevant contemporary work within the field of musculoskeletal physiotherapy.

One of the authors is IMTA’s Professor Harry von Piekartz
Congratulations on your contribution Harry!

New IMTA Teacher Candidate 2015

IMTA TC Michael Brauer 2015Hy, my name is Michael Braeuer.

As a physiotherapist, my journey brought me from the beautiful saxony to
Kiel, where I live and work in a small practice.

Due to its close location to the sea, kitesurfing is a very popular sport
and became my new passion.

Since 2009, when I had my first maitland course, I just wanted to get
through the first week.

There were just too many new things. Now, 6 years later, I’m absolutely
happy to walked on this path and made it finally in the IMTA team, where I’m looking forward to an interesting future.

Get credits for your IMTA course at Sheffield Hallam University

Since February this year course members who have finished the Level 3 IMTA program and passed the final exam, can become credits and enrol in the MSc Manual Therapy Program at Sheffield Hallam University. Here is the report of Dick Bruin who is one of the first students, who started his MSc in Sheffield

Hi all,

My name is Dick Bruin, physio-/manual therapist from a small town in the Netherlands. I’ve finished the IMTA course in 2012. I was asked to tell you about my work at Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) where I do a MSc in Manual Therapy and have a huge advantage due to the IMTA course.

Because of new legislations, I need to have a MSc grade in Manual Therapy to keep my registration. In the Netherlands, there are several physiotherapy schools who offer a variation of a MSc grade, but, these aren’t the same as MSc titles, so I searched for something else.

In Holland, there is no beneficial effect of having IMTA qualifications on the existing Master programs; it’s even worse: it would take me two more years of study before I could start the MSc section. And, at regular Universities there are all sorts of subjects, which first need to be completed before one can start at the regular program.

So, why SHU?

It’s was in 2013 or so when I heard of the possibility for IMTA students to study at SHU. And, there are a lot of benefits for us, for SHU is something completely different:

Students need to obtain 180 credits to gain the MSc grade. You can earn some of these by handing in a portfolio. Within this portfolio there are several components: a personal analysis (work history, achievements, PT skills etc.). Then the “real” evidence: all of the former work must be handed in, for instance: IMTA documentation, assessments undertaken, case studies, documentation from clinical placements/internships, certificates, proof of knowledge on upper and lower quadrant and so on. Then this information needs to be structured and outlined in a specific manner. This is all done via an online program. The portfolio will give you a maximum of 90 points.

You can start directly at SHU. Because you’ve already finished the upper and lower quadrant and the internships to gain the IMTA certificate, you are able to choose elective modules. The modules I’m taking now are: musculoskeletal radiographic imaging (which is so cool and so difficult!!), Concepts of Learning and Teaching and Pain Management. Each module delivers 15 credits. To start the Project Planning and Dissertation, which is the last part of the study, you need to have 105 credits…

That’s right: if you manage to earn all the credits for your IMTA work, and complete one module of choice at SHU, then and you can start to finish your MSc.

All the modules are delivered via a Blackboard website, which works fine. Specific subjects are discussed by Power Point presentations and screencasts and relevant literature is provided.

Then the catch:
You need to show that your English is sufficient. There are multiple ways to do so, for instance taking an IELTS test. And it requires some self-discipline (a word I hate), to sit down and work through the material. It takes me around 10 to 15 hours a week.

The advantages:

Do your study in your own time. Go through the video shows again and again (there are some really interesting presentations done by Lorimer Moseley and David Butler), pause and restart when necessary. Of course there are deadlines, but it can be done. And gain the credits via your IMTA courses, which you’re about to complete!!

If you need more information, please let me know if I can help.


New article from 3 IMTA Ladies in “Manuelle Therapie Journal” (german only)

manuelletherapie 2015; 19(01): 45-51
DOI: 10.1055/s-0035-1545388

Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New York

Validität und Reliabilität der lumbalen PPIVM und PAIVM – Ist die Verwendung dieser Tests in der Praxis noch zeitgemäß? [1]

Validity and Reliability of Lumbar PPIVM and PAIVM – Is the Use of these Tests still Up to Date in Practice?
Michaela Neubauer12, E. Hengeveld1, G. Bucher-Dollenz1

  • 1International Maitland Teachers Association
  • 2FH St. Pölten, Österreich
Manualtherapeuten verwenden in der klinischen Praxis regelmäßig Gelenkmobilisationen wie PPIVM und PAIVM für die Untersuchung. Wegen ihrer widersprüchlichen Validitäts- und Reliabilitätswerte stehen sie im Fokus der wissenschaftlichen Kritik.

Dieser Review untersuchte die Praxisrelevanz der wissenschaftlichen Literatur zur Validität und Reliabilität von PPIVM sowie PAIVM und ging der Frage nach, ob diese Techniken aus dem klinischen Alltag entfernt werden sollten.

Im Allgemeinen war die Reliabilität für Symptomreproduktion höher als für intersegmentale Beweglichkeit und die Intratester- besser als die Intertester-Reliabilität. Aufgrund dieser Ergebnisse und der mangelnden Praxisrelevanz einiger Studien besteht kein Grund, lumbale PPIVM und PAIVM aus der Praxis zu entfernen. Zukünftige Untersuchungen sollten umfangreiche Test-Cluster beinhalten.


In clinical practice manual therapists regularly use joint mobilisations such as PPIVM and PAIVM during examination. Due to their inconclusive validity and reliability performance they are in the focus of scientific criticism.

This review investigated the practical relevance of the scientific literature concerning the validity and reliability of PPIVM and PAIVM and explored the question whether these techniques should be withdrawn from clinical practice.

In general, the reliability for symptom reproduction was higher than for intersegmental mobility. The intra tester reliability was better than the inter tester reliability. Based on these results and the missing practice relevance of several studies there is no reason to withdraw lumbar PPIVM and PAIVM from practice. Future investigations should include extensive test clusters.