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Continuing education course: Cervical spine. Assessment, manual treatment and therapeutic exercise

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FCS-FC- cervi
  • Modality
  • Languages
  • Duration
    3 sessions / 20 in-person hours
  • Planning

    October 21, 22 and 23, 2022

    Friday and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and from 3:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

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    Blanquerna School of Health Sciences

Cervical spine. Assessment, manual treatment and therapeutic exercise

It is estimated that up to 54% of individuals have experienced neck pain in the last 6 months and that up to 70% of the population will have neck pain at some point in their lives. Prevalence clearly increases with age.

Although the predictable natural history of neck pain is favorable, the rate of relapse and chronicity is very high. Up to 30% of patients with neck pain will present with chronic symptoms.

In view of this data, physiotherapists must have the capacity to carry out a proper assessment of the patient's clinical presentation, both of the cervical spine and of the areas of most direct influence, such as the pectoral girdle and the thoracic spine.

This course presents strategies based on current methods and concepts of neuromusculoskeletal physiotherapy that enable the orderly and reasoned assessment of the cervical spine and related structures. This capacity should include the identification of alarm signals and consideration of all aspects related to the patient’s psychosocial environment.

Given the epidemiological characteristics of neck pain, it will be as important to have skills and techniques for direct treatment as it is to have the capacity to instruct the patient in health education, self-treatment, and the prevention of future episodes.

This course is aimed at physiotherapists and physiotherapy students interested in incorporating an approach to the cervical spine based on understanding the pathological process, a thorough exploration and assessment of the different structures involved and a therapeutic approach proposal based on manual therapy and the most suitable therapeutic exercise based on findings and clinical reasoning in physiotherapy.


Identify the common signs and symptoms in neuromusculoskeletal dysfunctions of the cervical spine.

Acquire skills to thoroughly explore the structures involved in the different dysfunctions, based on the symptoms, the physical examination and the compression of the case.

Interpret and apply the specific tools of clinical reasoning in physiotherapy to solve the simplicity or complexity of different cases.

Reasonably apply the most suitable therapeutic approach techniques according to the established therapeutic objectives.

Who is it for?

Graduates in Physiotherapy and 4th year students of the Degree in Physiotherapy.


Contents of the program

  • Introduction and key aspects.
  • Clinical reasoning in musculoskeletal physiotherapy.
  • Subjective assessment of the cervical spine.
  • Objective assessment of the cervical spine.
  • Therapeutic approach through active movement combined with mobility work.
  • Therapeutic approach through mechanical therapy.
  • Therapeutic approach using passive techniques.
  • Proposal for assessment and non-manipulative mobility and automation techniques.
  • Therapeutic approach through therapeutic exercise.


Xavier Vericat Matamoros.
Physiotherapist. Official University Master's Degree in Nutrition and Health.
Graduate studies in manual therapy. Trained in different concepts and methods of musculoskeletal physiotherapy. Private practice.
Associate Professor of the Undergraduate Degree in Physiotherapy, FCS "Blanquerna". Ramon Llull University.
Collaborating Professor of the Undergraduate Degree in Physiotherapy. FCS-FUB. Central University of Catalonia, Manresa campus.

Més informació

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Enroll in the course

Click on the following link and follow the steps to enroll. On the first screen, if you do not have Blanquerna credentials (username and password), you will need to register.

The application will ask you for the following documents during the enrollment process:

- ID card

- Undergraduate degree certificate or enrollment in the 4th year of the Undergraduate Degree.


Tuition fee

Academic tuition
Facultat de Ciències de la Salut FCS


Descompte (no acumulatiu) del 15% en el preu de la matrícula a: alumni, estudiants de la Facultat de Ciències de la Salut Blanquerna-URL i membres del CFC*, COIB* i CODINUCAT*.
*Cal aportar l'últim rebut d'aquest any.

Certificate of attendance

Course participants will receive a certificate of attendance. Attendance to 80% or more of the sessions is required to obtain it.


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