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Manual and Exercise Therapy
for The Upper Quadrant

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Dubai - UAE
24-25 June, 2023

This two-day course introduces an integrated approach to treating the cervical and thoracic spine and shoulder musculoskeletal problems. The focus of examination and treatment is on the articular, neural, and motor systems. Essential background theory is covered, but the emphasis is on practical sessions, clinical reasoning, and real and paper case studies. The content draws on work by many key manual and exercise therapy schools of thought. Case studies are used to develop clinical reasoning and illustrate common clinical conditions.


The evidence informing clinical practice is highlighted throughout the course. The course follows a unique simple management approach that has been developed by the tutor over the years based on his clinical and academic experience where assessment always guides and informs the treatment selection and vice versa.

Please note that this course also runs in:
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22-23 June, 2023
Fully booked
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8-9 July, 2023
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7-8 October, 2023

Course Tutor

Mahmoud Saad

Saad qualified as a Physiotherapist in 1999. He started his academic career as a senior lecturer in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy at Sheffield Hallam University in 2005 and led the contemporary musculoskeletal rehabilitation module within the advanced M.Sc. program for many years. He has completed a master's in musculoskeletal Physiotherapy and Manual therapy Diploma (MACP route) from Sheffield Hallam University and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. with a focus on the role of Exercise and Physical activity in the management of Musculoskeletal problems.


Saad has taught extensively both nationally and internationally. This course is part of the popular Orthopaedic Manual and Exercise Therapy Certificate that has been delivered over 300 times in 17 countries.

The course is based on the following key concepts:

Subjective examination:

The MAIN 7 key questions.

Physical examination including:

The BIG 5 physical examination procedures.

Treatment strategies:


(Manual Therapy- Exercise Therapy – Pain Neurophysiology Education)

Manual therapy includes carefully-selected mobility and de-sensitization strategies Exercise therapy focuses on tailored evidence-based exercise prescription strategies

This course is aimed at physiotherapists, occupational therapists, chiropractors, and osteopaths of all levels who:

  1. Wish to update their manual and exercise therapy skills and increase the depth of clinical reasoning and decision-making.

  2. Aim to establish an organized evidence-based assessment approach.

  3. Aim to use a simple and effective treatment approach that combines both hands-on and hands-off strategies.

Indicative contents:

1.  Subjective and physical examination of upper quadrant.

2. Movement assessment to guide differential diagnosis for the upper quadrant.

3. Clinical neurodynamic and neurological examination application.

4. Red flags screening – be brave but keep it safe.

5. Manual therapy strategies for the cervical spine, thoracic spine, GHJ and ACJ.

6. Movement dissociation strategies to guide exercise prescription for cervical spine and GHJ motor control.


- Every minute in the course aims to develop your clinical reasoning and practical skills.

- Busy, clinically relevant, and interactive teaching style.

- Case study discussions, demonstration, practice, REPEAT.


Early bird registration: 1200 AED
(Early bird registration until June 1 , 2023 )
Normal  registration: 1400 AED

To register:

1-Fill the attached online form

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2-Submit the course fee:

A- Via bank transfer to the following bank account within the UAE:

Account Number: 12097145820001
IBAN: AE41 0030 0120 9714 5820 001
Bank Name: ADCB Bank (Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank)

B- Via Online Card

Early Bird registartion
(Until July 1, 2023)

1200 AED

3-Send a proof of payment (screenshot or payment acknowledgment receipt) to

  • or the official WhatsApp number: +971502051448

4-You will receive confirmation within 24 hours with details of online learning access.

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