Neurodynamics in the Upper Quarter - London

13 (Thu) and 14 (Fri) February 2020 09:00 - 17:00 (GMT)

Australian Physiotherapy & Pilates Institute (APPI)
The Chapel
Wellington Road
Kensal Rise
NW10 5LJ


Learn clinical Neurodynamic assessment, diagnosis and treatment techniques with Michael Shacklock. UPPER QUARTER 1 course focus on neurodynamics applied to the cervical spine, shoulder, elbow and wrist


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 upper quarter, including the cervical spine, shoulder/brachial plexus and other upper limb nerves at the elbow and wrist

  • 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 Concepts of neurodynamics - theory

  • Convergence, sliding, tensioning, neurodynamic sequencing, linking mechanics and physiology, neurodynamic tests, structural differentiation, contralateral neurodynamic tests

10.30 Morning tea

11.00 Nerve palpation - practical

  • Median nerve at wrist and elbow, motor branch median nerve
  • Ulnar nerve at wrist and elbow
  • Posterior interosseous nerve at elbow
  • Radial sensory nerve
  • Brachial plexus lower cervical spinal nerves

12.30 Lunch

13.30 Standard Neurodynamic Testing: - practical

  • Median nerve 1 and 2, brachial plexus and nerve roots
  • Ulnar neurodynamic test
  • Radial neurodynamic test

15.00 Coffee

15.20 Diagnosis with neurodynamic tests - theory/practical

  • Musculoskeletal, 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 - theory

  • Interface - reduced closing, reduced opening
  • Neural tension dysfunction and their causes
  • Mechanisms of pathophysiology

10.00 Method of treatment - theory

  • Pathophysiology
  • Pathomechanics
  • Progression system
  • Static openers, dynamic openers, dynamic closing techniques
  • Neural offloaders sliders, tensioners
  • Systematic of application and technique schema

10.30 Morning tea

11.00 Treatment - practical

  • Neck pain and cervical radiculopathy
  • Opening and closing dysfunctions
  • Combined opening and closing dysfunctions with neural tension - multistructural

12.30 Lunch

13.30 Treatment (cont) - practical

  • Cervical neural tension dysfunction, contralateral level 1 nerve root techniques
  • Level 2, 3 neurodynamic technique
  • Progressions from protect to mobilisation strategies- complete cervical spine dysfunctions

15.00 Afternoon tea

15.20 Treatment - practical

  • Lateral elbow pain (supinator tunnel syndrome) opening, closing sliders, tensioners
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome, openers and closers, sliders and tensioners, multi-structural

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

Australian Physiotherapy & Pilates Institute (APPI)

The Chapel

Wellington Road
Kensal Rise
NW10 5LJ

How to get there


Kensal Green Tube station (Bakerloo Line) is a seven minute walk from the venue

To check for work on the tube use the Transport for London journey planner please go to


Kensal Rise station is on the London Overground network on the Statford-Richmond/Stratford-Clapham Junction line. It is also a seven minute walk away.

Kensal Green Station (same as the tube station mentioned above) is also on the London Overground network on the London Euston-Watford Junction Line.


Bus Route 18: Sudbury and Harrow Road to Euston - Alight at Kilburn Lane and walk 2 minutes to Wellington Road.

Bus Route 52: Victoria station to Pound Lane - Alight at Harrow Road and walk 2 minutes to Wellington Road.

Bus Route 316: Mora road to White City bus station - Alight at Harrow Road/Kilburn Lane stop and walk 1 minute to Wellington Road.

Location Map

APPI Kensal Rise