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University Expert Certificate in Maxillofacial Physiotherapy

Pre-enrollment open

  • Modality
  • Languages
  • Duration
    1 academic year
  • Credits
  • Date
    October 26, 2024
  • Location

    Blanquerna-URL - Carrer Padilla, 326-332. 08025 Barcelona

  • Faculty

    Blanquerna School of Health Sciences

Who is it for?

The university expert certificate in Maxillofacial Physiotherapy is designed for physiotherapists or dentists who wish to broaden their skills in the evaluation, design and application of specific interventions for the treatment of maxillofacial disorders, understood as a functional unit.


A program that incorporates new models of maxillofacial approaches

The presence of the physiotherapist within the neurology, maxillofacial, dentistry and ENT units is more common, where the conservative approach to the different dysfunctions and pathologies is absolutely necessary. The clinical aspect, the scientific nature and the person-based approach make this an innovative postgraduate training program within the international training panorama.

The new University Expert Certificate in Maxillofacial Physiotherapy is a professional program, designed to train physiotherapists in the knowledge, skills and aptitudes for the maxillofacial approach.

Academic information

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  • Introduction. Musculoskeletal physiotherapy. Clinical reasoning.
  • Anamnesis and formulation of working hypotheses.
  • Research methodology. Scientific method. Critical thinking. Translational research.
  • Functional anatomy of the head, mouth and neck.

  • Medical Pathology: disc dislocation with reduction, disc dislocation without reduction, TMJ OA, condylar hypermobility. Sinusitis, serous otitis, fractures, soft tissue and cancer.
  • Introduction to craniomandibular dysfunction
  • Exploration and diagnosis of craniomandibular dysfunction:
    • Articular: Physiology of normal motion TMJ, disc dislocation with reduction, disc dislocation without reduction, articular OA, condylar hypermobility.
    • Neurodynamics: Trigeminal nerve test, facial nerve test, Arnold's nerve or greater occipital nerve test
    • Functional:
    • Clinical reasoning and diagnostic algorithm. Differential diagnosis. Structural differentiation. Progression of forces. Evolution of treatment plan.
  • Anatomy. Biomechanics. Radiology of the TMJ
  • Occlusion and Malocclusion
  • Orofacial functions and dysfunctions:
    • Global clinical examination and treatment
    • Multidisciplinary project
  • Bruxism

  • Cadaver dissection practice.
  • Myofascial pain syndrome (MPS) and trigger points. Diagnostic criteria.
  • Conservative and invasive treatment. Dry puncture techniques. Indications, precautions and contraindications.
  • Treatment of myofascial trigger points of the masticatory and cranicervical musculature.

  • Pain neurobiology. Desensitizing central sensitization.
  • Mechanisms of pain. Chronic pain. Yellow flags. Central sensitization. Advanced management of complex patients.
  • Desensitizing central sensitization. Bottom-up actions. Top-down actions.
  • Pain education. Strategies for the complex patient.

Craniofacial sphere:

  • Anatomy. Radiology.
  • Medical pathology, clinical presentations: atypical facial pain, trigeminal neuralgia.
  • Cranial physiotherapy: sinusitis, serous otitis, trauma
  • Oral respiration and obstructive apneas
  • Atypical swallowing and tongue disorders

Craniocephalic sphere:

  • Anatomy. Radiology.
  • Medical pathology, clinical presentations: tension headache, migraine.
  • Assessment and exploration (Articular: neurocranium, Neurodynamics: Arnold's nerve, cephalic dura mater.
  • ENT physiotherapy: Tinnitus.
  • General introduction to tinnitus
  • Prevalence of somatosensory tinnitus, etiology and diagnosis
  • Treatment of somatosensory tinnitus
  • Other therapeutic options for tinnitus

  • Medical pathology, clinical presentations: Cervical instability, facet syndrome, tumors, cervical myelopathy, Arnold-Chiari.
  • Functional assessment and exploration: suboccipital musculature, scapulocervical muscles, superficial and deep cervical musculature.
  • Neurodynamics: Arnold's nerve, cervical dura mater, cervical plexus.
  • Evidence-based manual therapy.
  • Therapeutic exercise.

  • Physiology of postural control.
  • Anatomy and physiology of the vestibular system (otolithic and canalicular systems).
  • Exploration of the patient with instability and/or vertigo.
  • Central and peripheral vertigo differentiation.
  • Exploration of spontaneous and provoked nystagmus.
  • Complementary tests in the diagnosis of vestibular pathology.
  • Main clinical entities of vestibular dysfunction (peripheral and central pathology).
  • Principles of vestibular reeducation and treatment of the patient with instability and/or vertigo.

  • Seminar from Dr Dean Watson.

  • Osteopathic vision of the cranial, mandibular and facial sphere. Whole body. Postural relationships with mandibular disorders. Osteopathic treatment.
  • Posturological vision: eyes/proprioception - mouth/feet and swallowing. Postural treatment.
  • Occlusion assessment. Angle classes. Bite open, cross, deep. Michigan plate. Splints, types and records.
  • Odontoposturology. Clinical cases and practice.
  • Prescription and referral of patients. When is it necessary to refer? How do we request it? Practice.
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Javier Bara, Phd. Doctor of Medicine and Surgery. Degree in Dentistry. Specialist in Maxillofacial Surgery. Director of the Maxillofacial Institute of the Hospital Universitari del Sagrat Cor. Director of the Maxillofacial Surgery Service at the Policlínica Altaragó. Member of the Catalan Society of Odontostomatology.

Xavier Bardina. Physiotherapist and osteopath. Private practice. Teaching experience at EU Gimbernat.

Roberto Belvís, PhD. Neurologist. Doctor of Medicine. Spanish representative of the IHS. SEN headache officer. Headache Unit Director at the Hospital de Sant Pau - Barcelona.

Enrique Ferrer, PhD. Neurosurgeon. Doctor of Medicine and Surgery. UB Professor. Professor of the Education Committee of the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies. Former head of the Neurosurgery Service at Hospital Clínic de Barcelona. Vice President of the International Society of Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery. Former President of the Spanish Society of Neurosurgery (SEN) and the National Commission of Neurosurgery. Spanish delegate in the EANS and the WFNS (World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies).

Juan José García Tirado, PhD. Physiotherapist and professor at the Tecnocampus-UPF School of Health Sciences. Specialist in craniomandibular dysfunction and vestibular reeducation. Inter-university diploma in vestibular reeducation, Pierre Marie Curie School of Medicine (Paris VI). Master in Physiotherapy and Scientific Evidence, International University of Catalonia.

Almudena Gil. Physiotherapist and osteopath. Expert in face, head and neck physiotherapy.

Marc Gil. Degree in Medicine and Surgery. Degree in Dentistry. Director of the Postgraduate Course on Practical Occlusion. Private practice.

Javier González-Lagunas, PhD. Doctor of Medicine (UB). Specialist in oral and maxillofacial surgery. Specialist in stomatology (UB). DSIS diploma from ESADE. Former president of SECMAX. Director of the Maxillofacial Unit, Hospital Quirón - Barcelona. AQU and ANECA accredited doctor.

Dídac Guirao. Physiotherapist and osteopath. RPGn expert. Professor and specialist in occlusion and prosthesis on implants. UCAM.

Cristian Justribó. Physiotherapist and osteopath. Private practice at the CTM Medical Therapeutic Center, Barcelona. Specialist teacher in craniomandibular approach.

Fran Martín. Physiotherapist. Specialist in therapeutic exercise planning. Master Degree in Physical Therapy, Blanquerna-URL. Professor and coordinator of the Master Degree in Physical Therapy at the Blanquerna-URL School of Health Sciences (FCS).

Alexandre Merí. Degree in Philosophy from the UB. Diploma in Physiotherapy. Postgraduate in Biomechanics of the Locomotor System from the UB. Postgraduate in Sports Medicine from the UB. Doctoral course and DEA in Organogenesis and Applied Clinical Anatomy. Professor at the Blanquerna-URL School of Health Sciences and the UPF. Member of the SAE (Spanish Anatomical Society).

Anna Montmany. Physiotherapist, osteopath, pedagogue. Professor and coordinator of the graduate studies in the Blanquerna-URL School of Health Sciences.

Jo Nijs, PhD. Doctor in Rehabilitation. Master in rehabilitation and manual therapy. Associate professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium. Chair of Immunological Exercise and Chronic Fatigue. Global specialist in chronic pain research. Founder of Pain in Motion.

Fernando Ruiz. Physiotherapist. Expert in maxillofacial physiotherapy. Private practice.

Luis Sánchez Villavecchia. Physiotherapist. Osteopath. Specialist in vestibular reeducation. Inter-university diploma in vestibular reeducation, Pierre Marie Curie School of Medicine. University Diploma in Anatomy Applied to Clinical Examination and Radiology. Practice at the LSV Osteopathic Center.

Mercè Sitjà, PhD. Physiotherapist. Clinical psychologist. Professor at the Blanquerna-URL School of Health Sciences. Accreditation as a research professor by the National Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation (ANECA) and by the Agency for the Quality of the University System of Catalonia (AQU).

Xavier Vericat. Physiotherapist with expertise in manual therapy. Professor at the Blanquerna-URL School of Health Sciences and the UVic-Ucc IMTA. Certificate of competence in Maitland Concept. Master Degree in Nutrition and Health. Postgraduate in Manual Therapy (URL). Trained in different methods and concepts of neuromusculoskeletal physiotherapy. Private consultation practice.

Eduard Vilar. Physiotherapist and osteopath. Professor at the Blanquerna-URL School of Health Sciences.

Dean Watson, PhD. Physiotherapist. Doctorate in Physiotherapy. Diploma in Advanced Manipulative Physiotherapy (University of South Australia). Master in Applied Sciences (Research in Manipulative Therapy) (University of South Australia). Director of The Headache Clinic Pty Ltd Watson Headache Clinic - Adelaide. Director of Watson Headache Institute Pty Ltd Watson Headache Institute – International. Assistant professor of the Master's Program, School of Health Sciences, University of South Australia. Speaker from Watson Headache®.

Pieter Westerhuis. Physiotherapist. Maitland International Senior Professor. Scientific Director, Maitland International. Private practice.


Application process

To access the master degree and/or university specialization diplomas, you must hold an official Spanish university degree, or a degree from another country in the European Higher Education Area. These studies are also open to students with a degree issued by an education system outside the European Higher Education Area, who do not need to have it approved, provided that the level of training is equivalent to that of an official Spanish degree and that, in the country of origin, the degree gives access to graduate studies. However, admission does not in any case imply the convalidation of the degree or any other type of recognition beyond allowing the student to access master and graduate studies at the University.

Furthermore, these courses are open to people who do not have a degree but who, due to their professional or personal background, are considered qualified to take them. In these cases, the degree they will obtain will be a university extension.

The application process consists of two parts:




Students can pre-enroll online (by accessing Pre-enrollment | Blanquerna or the pre-enrollment option for each course). It can also be done in person at the School.

During the process, the candidate must submit the requested documentation:

  • ID card, passport or NIE residence card.
  • Certified photocopy of the qualification that gives the student access to the course or documentary proof that the relevant document has been requested.
  • Copy of the official academic transcript with grades for the courses taken and the average mark of the qualification justifying admission.
  • Students with studies qualifying them for access completed outside Spain: certificate issued by the relevant body (university, embassy, consulate) confirming that the studies qualify the student to undertake master degree or graduate studies in the country of issue. Students who come from a foreign university must provide details of the grading system used at their university, as well as the aforementioned documentation, which must comply with the requirements for translation and legalization established in current regulations.
  • Payment of €100 in terms of pre-registration fee. The amount of the application will only be returned in case of cancellation of the course by the center. The amount will be returned during the course in which pre-registration has been made, upon presentation of the corresponding receipt. Payment is by credit or debit card using a secure and confidential process.

Once pre-enrollment is complete, the documentation will be assessed, and the student will be informed of the result and how to enroll, if applicable.


Enrollment is the final step in the procedure to access the master degree or graduate studies. Each student will be informed in the letter of admission of his/her enrollment date. When enrollment is complete, with payment of the corresponding fee, the student will have definitively secured a place. If the student leaves the course, the enrollment fee will not be refunded in any case. The School reserves the right to cancel any courses for which the required minimum number of enrolled students has not been reached. In this case, the amount paid for enrollment will be refunded in full.

Documentation to be provided:

  • Certified photocopy of the degree certificate or certified photocopy of the university studies completed.
  • Official academic certification (list of subjects studied with their grade).
  • Current account number for direct debit in case of payment by installments.

When students enroll, they will have two business days to pay the total cost of enrollment, by bank transfer, credit card or barcode. Studies can be paid in full or in installments, without any interest, by bank transfer.

If payment by installment is selected, students will have two business days following completion of enrollment to pay 33.3% of the total cost of the enrolled credits, using their chosen form of payment; this payment cannot be made by direct debit. The remaining 66.4% is split into two monthly installments, in January and March, payable by direct debit using the bank account number provided upon enrollment.

School alumni are given a 15% discount on the enrollment fee (non-cumulative discount). Distinctions obtained in the fourth academic year of the bachelor degree are not eligible for a discount in own master degrees and graduate studies. Prices are updated each academic year. Once enrollment is complete, the amount paid will not be refunded under any circumstances.​

When a student enrolls, a contract for the provision of teaching services is formalized between the student and the Blanquerna Foundation, which is legally binding from the time of payment. Payment includes the corresponding insurance and, for students under the age of twenty-eight, compulsory academic insurance. If a student declines to take up a place, he/she will lose in full any amount he/she has paid.

The student accepts the rules for the use of computer services established by the Blanquerna Foundation. The student's personal data will be included in an automated file under the responsibility of the Blanquerna Foundation, so that this contract can be maintained and fulfilled. Students should note that their data may also be used to inform them about the future activities of the Foundation, or for the institution to send them publications.

In accordance with the provisions of Organic Law 15/1999 on the protection of personal data, students have the right to access their data to update, rectify or cancel them, or object to their use, by sending a letter, indicating which right they want to exercise.

This section is a summary of the general conditions for enrollment. It is only for guidance and therefore has no contractual value. In the event of any discrepancy, the provisions of the general conditions for enrollment specified in the receipt generated at the time of enrollment will prevail; this receipt formalizes the contract between the student and the Blanquerna Foundation; students can consult it on the intranet whenever they wish.

Foreign students

The School reserves the right to ask candidates with qualifications outside the EES for a letter from their university, embassy or consulate to certify that their studies enable them to pursue a master degree or graduate studies.

Students are responsible for having all the official documentation necessary for their stay in Spain while studying at the School. Applicants can ask for a pre-acceptance document attached to the pre-enrollment receipt to initiate applications for visas or scholarships or carry out any other administrative procedure. Under no circumstances does this document guarantee a place if all the access and admission requirements are not met. Once applicants have been accepted and enrollment is complete, they can request a letter of admission from the Academic Secretary, if required, by paying the corresponding fees.

Contact us

For more information, please contact the prospective students department.
[email protected]

Academic year 2022-2023

Admissions application: €100 pre-enrollment fee. If you are not admitted or the graduate course is cancelled by the Blanquerna School of Health Sciences, the amount will be refunded during the academic year in which you pre-enrolled, subject to the presentation of the corresponding receipt.

Tuition fee per credit
Tuition fee for one academic year
€ 3.237,85

La matrícula es fracciona en tres pagaments:

  • Pagament inicial: 34% en el moment de formalitzar la matrícula.
  • Gener: 33%
  • Març: 33%

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10% - Descompte a institucions universitàries

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