2017 Mid Week Mastery Soft Tissue Mini Conference

We Invite you to begin 2017 in the best way possible by attending the 3rd ACSTT Mid Week Mastery Soft Tissue Mini-Conference

“The Triple Bill” 3 Presentations from 2 Outstanding Leaders. Joanne Elphinston & Ebonie Rio.

Joanne Elphinston from the UK & Ebonie Rio from our wonderful Melbourne.

Joanne Elphinston presenting on: “Low Back Pain – Movements’ Critical Role in Clinical Reasoning” AND “Global Integration for Sustainable Shoulders” and

Ebonie Rio presenting on: “Tendinopathy Research – The Good The Bad & The Ugly”

When: Tuesday Evening February 21st 2017

6.00pm – 9.30pm

Where: Melbourne University Hawthorn Campus

Cost: $125

Full Program and registration details can be downloaded here:


Full Program: 

Lecture 1: Joanne Elphinston. Extension related Low Back Pain “One size fits all” OR Movement’s Critical Role in Clinical Reasoning

Three elite level performers in very different disciplines: golf, Olympic weight lifting & ballet with extension related low back pain, all of whom have “overuse” diagnoses.

Do they have enough in common to be able to treat them similarly? And what happens when the rehabilitation evidence base doesn’t meet your patient’s needs & appears to leave you stranded?

Too frequently “overuse” is accepted as an adequate explanation for injury. Although training & performing volume & loading play their part, we will see through these patient cases that they are far from the whole story & that movement provides a key to understanding why & how localised areas can be subjected to amplified stress. Without this understanding, treatment becomes a blunt instrument, management has a fragile dependence upon training & performance schedules & the opportunity to prevent recurrence is lost.

This lecture illustrates how an appreciation of fundamental movement principles, the concept of functional force management®, patient context & direction of movement impulse can help us firstly to identify & understand the factors contributing to the injury presentation & then to develop a reasoned, individually & functionally relevant pathway to return them to elite performance in their chosen discipline.

Lecture 2 Ebonie Rio: Tendinopathy Research: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

Tendons, tendons, tendons – where to start? 

They can be one of the trickest things to manage so this presentation will focus on some key clinical tips for recognising if the tendon is giving symptoms (or a sneaky masquerade)

This presentation will also give a snapshot of the latest research that should influence your practise immediately. 

Come along to learn about how doughnuts and ice cubes change how you treat tendons….  

It will also cover 3 top tips for recognising good research

Emerging areas of neuroplasiticity and what we need to know as clinicians treating people with tendon pain will be covered as well as allowing plenty of time to ask tricky tendon questions.

Lecture 3: Joanne Elphinston Global Integration for Sustainable Shoulders: Giving Them Wings.

 The shoulder presents a challenge in rehabilitation – it is structurally designed for extraordinary mobility, yet we also demand that it withstand high loads requiring great stability. How can we reconcile this dilemma in rehabilitation?

The shoulder depends upon the coordinated & well-timed connections through the trunk and pelvis to create the supportive foundation it needs to minimise load & maximise effective upper limb function. 

Functional force management® makes it possible to understand how biomechanical, neuromuscular & myofascial concepts can be integrated in a logical fashion which supports clinical assessment & programme planning.

This lecture illustrates the application of Functional force management® with respect to the shoulder & introduces JEMS cues and concepts for easy patient communication & immediate implementation.

Program and registration details can be downloaded here:MWMBrochureV1.6.pdf