Neurodynamics in the Lower Quarter - London

15 (Sat) and 16 (Sun) February 2020 09:00 - 17:00 (GMT)

University College Hospital
Musculoskeletal Outpatient Therapy Service (Sport Gym)
Therapy and Rehabilitation Department, Lower Ground Floor
235 Euston Road
NW1 28U


Learn clinical Neurodynamic assessment, diagnosis and treatment techniques with Michael Shacklock

LOWER QUARTER 1 COURSE focuses on neurodynamics applied to the lumbar spine, hip and piriformis syndrome, hamstring injury and foot/heel pain


Michael Shacklock proposed the concept of neurodynamics in 1995 with his paper in the British Journal Physiotherapy in which various scientific cornerstones formed a key aspect of clinical practice in physiotherapy and physical therapy neurodynamics practice.

This has been developed on in his book Clinical Neurodynamics, 2005, Elsevier, Oxford in which the whole body is dealt with in diagnosis and treatment of many musculoskeletal syndromes with a neural component.

The courses by Neurodynamic Solutions are based on the philosophy of helping therapists develop their clinical skills and applying them to their patients. This course therefore contains approximately 65% practical and 35% theory.


This 2 days course will cover: concept of neurodynamics, sequencing of neurodynamic tests, neuropathodynamics, physical examination, diagnosis, treatment and treatment progressions for the upper limb.


  • General neurodynamic principles applied to the entire body and specifically the lower quarter, including the lumbar spine, hip and piriformis syndrome, hamstring injury and heel pain due to tibial and medial calcaneal nerve disorders

  • Classifications of structures and mechanisms for diagnosis and treatment

  • Neurodynamic sequencing - a mechanism that can be used to make neurodynamic technique more specific than in the past

  • How to differentiate nerve from other tissues with mechanical testing

  • How to make diagnosis and treatment more specific than before.

Day 1

08.45 Registration

09.00 Concept of neurodynamics - theory

  • Linking mechanics and physiology
  • Convergence, sliding
  • Tensioning
  • Neurodynamic sequencing
  • Neurodynamic tests
  • Structural differentiation
  • Contralateral neurodynamic tests

10.30 Coffee

11.00 Nerve palpation - practical

  • Sciatic nerve,
  • Tibial nerve
  • Fibular (peroneal) common, superficial and deep
  • Sural superficial fibular (peroneal)
  • Tibial nerve at ankle

12.30 Lunch

13.30 Neurodynamic testing - theory/practical

  • Straight let raise
  • Slump test
  • Tibial, peroneal and sural neurodynamic tests

15.00 Afternoon tea

15.20 Diagnosis with neurodynamic tests - normal, abnormal, covert and overt responses

Planning physical examination and treatment - levels/types 0, 1, 2, 3a, b, c

17.30 Finish

Day 2

09.00 Diagnostic categories and functional neurodynamic disorders - theory

  • Interface, reduced closing, reduced opening
  • Neural tension dysfunction and its causes
  • Neural sliding dysfunction
  • Mechanisms of pathophysiology

10.30 Morning tea

11.00 Method of treatment - theory

  • Treatment of pathophysiology
  • Treatment of pathomechanics
  • Progression system from neural protective to mobilisation strategies

12.30 Lunch

13.30 Treatment - practical

  • Low back pain and lumbar radiculopathy
  • Opening and closing dysfunctions
  • Neural tension dysfunction
  • Caudal neural sliding dysfunction

15.00 Afternoon tea

15.20 Treatment (cont) - practical

  • piriformis syndrome/hip pain
  • hamstring injury and sciatic nerve
  • foot/heel pain/tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • openers and closers, sliders and tensioners

17.30 Finish

Michael shacklock


Michael Shacklock DipPhysio, MAppSc, FACP

NDS Instructor, Founding director, Principal Australia

Michael received his graduate qualification at the Auckland School of Physiotherapy, New Zealand, in 1980. He worked in public hospitals in the medical, surgical, paediatrics, orthopaedics, geriatrics, intensive care and burns areas around New Zealand before being employed in private practices, treating spinal and sports injuries in Nelson with Michael Monaghan and Auckland with Margaret Franklin.

In 1985 he moved to Adelaide, Australia, working at the Royal Adelaide Hospital and private practices around Adelaide. He completed a Graduate Diploma in Advanced Manipulative Therapy in 1989 and converted this to a Masters degree at the University of South Australia in 1993.

He was awarded a Fellow of the Australian College of Physiotherapists (Australian Physiotherapy Association) for his monograph and international best-seller text book, Clinical Neurodynamics, Elsevier, Oxford, 2005. In addition to his neurodynamics book, he has published two other books, Moving in on Pain (Elsevier) and Biomechanics of the Nervous System: Breig Revisited. He also authored, co-authored and mentored numerous research studies, editorials, commentaries and clinical papers in international peer reviewed journals articles which have garnered many international awards, including Visiting Professor of the Faculty of Medicine, Barcelo University, Buenos Aires (see academic activities on ResearchGate).

He was a member of the International Advisory Board of the journal Musculoskeletal Theory and Practice (formerly Manual Therapy), United Kingdom and is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy, USA. Michael presents keynote addresses and invited conference lectures, trains staff at elite sports medicine facilities and sports clubs, universities, hospitals and private seminars around the world.

His special interests are neurodynamics, measurement of mechanical function of the nervous system, pain and the nervous system and musculoskeletal function. His most valued interest is how to synthesise science and clinical practice using evidence and reasoning. Michael is an active clinician, has 35 years of experience in treating patients and is recognised as an international leader in the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders with a neural aspect.

Click this link to Michael’s article and books publications and his biography

The course venue

University College Hospital

Musculoskeletal Outpatient Therapy Service (Sport Gym)

Therapy and Rehabilitation Department, Lower Ground Floor
235 Euston Road
NW1 28U

How to get there


Tottenham Court Road - Northbound (Warren Street station) - no's 10, 73, 24, 29, 134 Gower Street - Southbound (University Street) - no's 10, 24, 29, 73, 134 Euston Road - no's 18, 27, 30, 88

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By Tube:

Nearest tube stations are:

Warren Street (Northern / Victoria Lines) Euston Square (Circle / Hammersmith & City / Metropolitan Lines)

Euston ( Northern/ Victoria Lines )

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By Car:

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