Neuromuscular Physical Therapy Course

A 15 month part-time course for the treatment of soft tissue and muscular chronic pain and injury.

Course overview Play video

Successful completion of this neuromuscular physical therapy course will offer you the opportunity to offer safe and effective treatment for soft tissue and muscular pain, injury and dysfunction to the general public on an individual basis either as part of a multi disciplinary team or within your own private practice.

Graduates will have the knowledge and skills to diagnose acute and chronic pain and injury and offer effective treatment to their patients.

The primary focus of this course is the skill required to locate the source of pain, as opposed to the area where the pain presents (as these are usually different), and the appropriate treatment models.

Treatments offered by graduates who are based in the Republic of Ireland and who are members of the Association of Neuromuscular Physical Therapists ( to customers of Laya Healthcare and AVIVA Health are covered in line with the policies which they offer.


If you are interested and would like to know more about this physical therapy training course, please call us now in Dublin on 018827777, in Cork on 0214301222, in Limerick on 061512810, in Galway on 091530888,in Waterford on 051364409 or fill out the registration form to book a place now.

"Since I completed the course I have had massive success and progression. I had several private clients that I attained from advertising in the gym that I was working in, and also worked on a refferal basis with physiotherapist David Gardiner owner of physiotherapyworks in Naas Co.Kildare.

In August 2012  I moved to Perth WA where I have  enjoyed even more success. I spent 8 months working at Subiaco Sports Massage here in Perth. While working in this clinic I had the privilege of treating several Olympic athletes including Sir Chris Hoy of the GB cycling team and also Western Force rugby team of the super 15s competition.

Since I finished your course I have had some great opportunities and the tools that I gained on the NMT course have been invaluable in my professional development." 
Colin Cassidy 

Course details

The Neuromuscular Physical Therapy course is open to applicants who have a keen interest in the treatment of pain, injury and soft tissue dysfunction. Students need to offer commitment to participation on this course which has been designed to fit in with busy schedules.

There are no formal education requirements for participation on these physical therapy courses. Individuals with a prior qualification are free to enrol on any of the programmes. The content is delivered to facilitate adult learners of mixed ability. 

The National Qualification in Neuromuscular Physical therapy course covers all relevant areas of massage therapy, sports therapy, neuromuscular therapy and physical therapy including:

  • Functional Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology   
  • The Skeletal System
  • Arthrokinematics
  • The Muscular System
  • The Blood and Circulatory System
  • The Respiratory System
  • The Nervous and Endocrine System
  • Fascia and Myokinetic Chains and Links
  • Overview of all other major systems applied to Physical Therapy
  • Laws of European Neuromuscular Therapy
  • Orthopaedic Sports Massage Techniques
  • Postural Assessment and Range of Motion testing.
  • Soft Tissue Release
  • Myofascial Release
  • Event Massage including pre and post event
  • Positional Release
  • Strain Counterstrain
  • Muscle Energy Techniques
  • Etiology, Formation and Treatment of Myofascial Trigger Points.
  • Neuromuscular Techniques
  • Bodywork Nutrition
  • Full Body Kinetic Chain Assessment
  • Injury Scenarios and Differential Diagnosis
  • Role of the therapist including professional conduct, ethical practice and setting up professional practice.
  • Physical Therapy as a profession (Includes aspects of Clinical Practice) 

The cost of obtaining the this Neuromuscular Physical Therapy course is €3,520.00. Fees can be paid by means of a deposit of €800.00 followed by eight monthly installments of €340.00. If the deposit is paid at least one calendar month prior to the course start date, the monthly installments are reduced to €310.00 per month, a discount of €240.00 .

A discount of €420.00 is available to individuals paying fees of €3,100.00 in full up to the course start date. Places are available on a first come first served basis. Examination fees are included within the course fee.

Schedule and Locations

The next weekend course in Galway runs at the Pillo Hotel, Headford Road, Galway on the following dates and times

SEPTEMBER 2015 - One weekend per month for fifteen months
09:00 to 17:00 Saturday and Sunday

  • September 2015 - 26th, 27th
  • October 2015 - 24th, 25th
  • November 2015 - 21st, 22nd
  • December 2015 - 12th, 13th
  • January 2016 - 16th, 17th
  • February 2016 - 20th, 21st
  • March 2016 - 19th, 20th
  • April 2016 - 16th, 17th
  • May 2016 - 14th, 15th
  • June 2016 - 18th, 19th
  • July 2016 - 23rd, 24th
  • August 2016 - 20th, 21st
  • September 2016 - 17th, 18th
  • October 2016 - 15th, 16th 
  • November 2016 - 12th, 13th 

The next Dublin weekend course runs at the National Training Centre, 15-16 Saint Joseph's Parade, Dorset Street, Dublin 7 on the following dates and times:

OCTOBER 2015 - One weekend per month for fifteen months
09:00 to 17:00 Saturday and Sunday

  • October 2015 - 17th, 18th
  • November 2015 - 14th, 15th
  • December 2015 - 12th, 13th
  • January 2016 - 16th, 17th
  • February 2016 - 20th, 21st
  • March 2016 - 19th, 20th
  • April 2016 - 16th, 17th
  • May 2016 - 14th, 15th
  • June 2016 - 18th, 19th
  • July 2016 - 16th, 17th
  • August 2016 - 13th, 14th
  • September 2016 - 10th, 11th
  • October 2016 - 8th, 9th
  • November 2016 - 5th, 6th
  • December 2016 - 3rd, 4th

The next Dublin evening course runs at the National Training Centre, 15-16 Saint Joseph's Parade, Dorset Street, Dublin 7 on the following dates and times:

OCTOBER 2015 - One evening per week for fifteen months
Wednesday - 19:00 to 22:00

  • October 2015 - 21st, 28th
  • November 2015 - 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th
  • December 2015 - 2nd, 9th, 16th
  • January 2016 - 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th
  • February 2016 - 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th
  • March 2016 - 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th
  • April 2016 - 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th
  • June 2016 - 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th
  • July 2016 - 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th
  • August 2016 - 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st
  • September 2016 - 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th
  • October 2016 - 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th
  • November 2016 - 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd

The next Cork weekend course runs at the Mardyke Arena, UCC, Western Road, Cork, on the following dates and times:

OCTOBER 2015 - One weekend per month for fifteen months
Saturday from 09:30 to 17:30
Sunday from 10:00 to 18:00

  • October 2015 - 24th, 25th
  • November 2015 - 21st, 22nd
  • December 2015 - 13th, 14th
  • January 2016 - 9th, 10th
  • February 2016 - 6th, 7th
  • March 2016 - 12th, 13th
  • April 2016 - 9th, 10th
  • May 2016 - 7th, 8th
  • June 2016 - 4th, 5th
  • July 2016 - 2nd, 3rd
  • August 2016 - 6th, 7th
  • September 2016 - 3rd, 4th
  • October 2016 - 1st, 2nd
  • November 2016 - 5th, 6th
  • December 2016 - 10th, 11th 

The next weekend course in Limerick runs at the Limerick Strand Hotel, Ennis Road, Limerick  on the following dates and times

NOVEMBER 2015 - One weekend per month for fifteen months
09:00 to 17:00 Saturday and Sunday

  • November 2015 - 21st, 22nd
  • December 2015 - 5th, 6th
  • January 2016 - 9th, 10th
  • February 2016 - 13th, 14th
  • March 2016 - 12th, 13th
  • April 2016 - 9th, 10th
  • May 2016 - 14th, 15th
  • June 2016 - 11th, 12th
  • July 2016 -  9th,10th
  • August 2016 - 6th, 7th
  • September 2016 - 3rd, 4th
  • October 2016 - 1st, 2nd
  • November 2016 - 12th, 13th
  • December 2016 - 10th, 11th 
  • January 2017 - 7th, 8th

The next weekend course in Waterford runs at the NAS Training Centre, Cleaboy Business Park, Waterford  on the following dates and times:

JANUARY 2016 - One weekend per month for fifteen months
09:00 to 17:00 Saturday and Sunday

  • January 2016 - 30th, 31st
  • February 2016 - 27th, 28th
  • March 2016 - 19th, 20th
  • April 2016 - 23rd, 24th
  • May 2016 - 28th, 29th
  • June 2016 - 25th, 26th
  • July 2016 - 23rd, 24th
  • August 2016 - 27th, 28th
  • September 2016 - 24th, 25th
  • October 2016 - 22nd, 23rd
  • November 2016 - 19th, 20th
  • December 2016 - 17th, 18th
  • January 2017 - 14th, 15th
  • February 2017 - 11th, 12th
  • March 2017 - 11th, 12th



Do I need to hold any other qualification in order to participate on this physical therapy course ?
No. The National Qualification in Neuromuscular Physical Therapy course is open to all individuals.

What will I be qualified to do when I complete this course successfully ?
On successful completion you will be able to offer treatment to relieve and eliminate pain, injury and dysfunction in muscle and soft tissue. Typically Neuromuscular Physical Therapists will treat the type of everyday pain and injury many people experience at some stage of their lives such as back ache, restricted range of movement, chronic pain and muscular discomfort. Many graduates also work in a professional capacity with a variety of sporting teams.

What is the difference between Neuromuscular Physical Therapy and Physiotherapy ?
Physiotherapy is a broad based health care profession that has a special focus on acute musculoskeletal care of the physically active and also deals with a number of diverse medical fields, including oncology, obstetrics, gynaecology, paediatrics, rheumatology, respiratory and neurological illnesses and burn injury. Neuromuscular Physical Therapy offers a special focus on chronic pain and injury including musculoskeletal injuries related to physical activity but, unlike Physiotherapy, Neuromuscular Physical Therapy has a focus on the pathophysiology, aetiology and treatment of Myofascial Trigger Points. Such specialisation allows students of Neuromuscular Physical Therapy to examine these areas in much greater detail than a student of physiotherapy.

How does this programme differ from other massage therapy courses ?
There are many different massage therapy courses available in the Irish market, however many of these would relate to the relaxation element of massage as opposed to massage therapy. For example the type of massage course which a beautician may take would generally relate to the relaxation experience of their clients and would not usually relate to therapeutic intervention in relation to pain, injury and disfunction. Other people may take a massage course that does deal with injury somewhat. It is therefore advisable that you ensure that any programme you enrol on will give you the desired results. A good place to start is to ask the question of yourself "What do I want to do after I qualify ?". Once you have answered this question you can ensure that any course you wish to consider will actually lead to your desired outcome.

What are the differences between a Neuromuscular Physical Therapist and other physical therapists such as Osteopaths or Chiropractors ? 
Practitioners of every stripe will have their own specific focus and a specific model for the treatment of pain and injuries, acute or chronic. Osteopaths will have a focus on osteopathic principals and will offer, similar to a chiropractor, treatments such as high velocity thrusts. The Neuromuscular Physical Therapist will utilise a sound knowledge of human anatomy (our director of studies is himself a gross anatomist) as a solid foundation for understanding pain with a special focus on chronic long standing injuries.

Is this course validated by HETAC ? 
The National Qualification in Neuromuscular Physical Therapy, in common with all complementary therapy programmes of education, is not validated by HETAC. The latest situation regarding validation of programmes in complementary therapies is available on the HETAC website at or by clicking here.

Will I be able to get a job in a pain or sports injury clinic or in a hospital ?
Qualified Neuromuscular Physical Therapists often work within multi-disciplinary injury clinics where therapists such as chiropractors, osteopaths, physiotherapists, neuromuscular physical therapists etc. offer a variety of pain and injury solutions. This multi-disciplinary model normally consists of a great deal of cross referral whereby therapists refer patients to each other, depending on the therapists individual area of expertise, and, having determined which treatment model is likely to offer the best solution, decide collectively on the best approach. Individual therapists can establish a G.P. referral scheme in conjunction with a local medical practitioner whereby the doctor may refer patients with appropriate symptoms to the therapist and using the contra-indication skills gained through the qualification process, the therapist can refer their patients to the doctor when Neuromuscular Physical Therapy is not appropriate. Graduates who hold an existing medical qualification, in nursing for example, may find that they can combine their new skills with their existing skill set within the hospital environment.

Are there many jobs available for graduates at present ?
Most Neuromuscular Physical Therapists operate in a self employed capacity either as sole traders, as part of a multi-disciplinary clinical team, or with a variety of sporting teams. There are many opportunities for qualified therapists as individuals increasingly look outside of traditional medical disciplines for solutions to their health problems and, as Neuromuscular Physical Therapy is a complementary discipline and 100% science based, its appeal is broad. It should be noted that as with all professional qualifications at all levels, graduate appeal to patients will be result driven and their success from a business viewpoint will be in proportion to the time, effort and dedication they are prepared to offer their profession. Many National Training Centre graduates have started their careers on a part-time basis and have seen this aspect of their professional life overtake their full time career to become their primary or only occupation and source of income.

How much will I earn as a qualified therapist ?
The recommended fee for each 45 minute treatment session is €60.00. The number of sessions you decide to complete each week will be determined by your own commitment and the results you achieve. One of the best things about qualifying as a therapist is that you can decide how many hours a day you want to work and therefore regulate your own earning potential.

Will I need to get insurance ?
The National Training Centre's code of ethics insists that all Neuromuscular Physical Therapy graduates who are actively working in the profession, hold a professional indemnity insurance policy which covers the therapist against legal action taken by a patient as a result of an injury received during treatment. Therapists who are working on private premises may also need to hold public liability insurance. The Association of Neuromuscular Physical Therapists (ANMPT), which all of our NMT graduates are entitled to join, has negotiated a very attractive professional indemnity block insurance policy which offers extensive cover at a low cost. The policy is one of the broadest available including many important features that other policies may not offer. The policy has been arranged through Balens Ltd and the insurer for the scheme is the Zurich and DAS Legal Expenses. Balens are a very well established, fourth generation family-run business dedicated to looking after health professionals. They are built on solid roots going back to 1950 and are pioneers in the development of top quality cover for all types of health professionals with special rates and industry leading cover that has been developing and improving over 22 years in this speciality. The scheme will cover thousands of other therapies/activities you may require cover for and many at no extra premium subject to suitable qualification held. Some of the features covered in the policy consist of Medical Malpractice, Professional Indemnity, Public Liability, Product Liability, Loss of Reputation, Breach of Intellectual Property, Client Confidentiality Protection, Loss of Documents cover, First Aid cover as well as Good Samaritan Acts. The indemnity limit is €4,000,000 per claim for the Republic of  Ireland. Unlike some other policies on the market, an unlimited number of claims may be made for any year and unlimited legal defence costs are also included. Also included, at no extra charge, is retroactive cover to pick up any previous insured work. Temporary cover abroad (excluding USA/Canada(although available on request)) is available with no time restrictions and at no additional premium as long as you are a Ireland or UK resident. If you cease to practice Balens include unlimited run off cover which means the policy will always be in place if a claim was made after you stop the policy running and this is also free of charge. For further information or proposal form, please contact Balens directly on 00441684 580771 or e-mail- 

Is this qualification accepted internationally ?
Yes. Neuromuscular Therapists are free to offer their services in many countries worldwide. If you have a specific country in mind you should ensure that you check with the relevant authority in that country before embarking an any programme of education. In some US states therapists are required to sit and pass a state licencing examination before being allowed to practice. The term Physical Therapist is a protected title by the Health Professions Council in the U.K. and can only be used by qualified Physiotherapists in that jurisdiction.

How long does this course last ?
The National Qualification in Neuromuscular and Physical Therapy course is available as either a weekend or evening study option. Due to holidays, bank holidays etc. the length of time between starting and finishing dates varies from course to course, however every weekend programme consists of fourteen tutorial weekends with an additional weekend for examinations. Tutorial weekends take place once a month. The Dublin evening course consists of forty-eight tutorial sessions, one evening each week and four examination sessions.

How much does this course cost ?
The Neuromuscular Physical Therapy course costs €3,520.00. There are no additional fees for exams, oils, towels, course notes etc. There is a €420.00 discount available to students who pay course fees in full prior to the course start date.

Can I pay by installments ?
Yes - students can opt to pay a deposit of €800.00 and eight installments of €340.00 if booking within one month of the course start date. If booking more than one month before the course start date the installments reduce to €310.00 per month.

Are there grants available to cover tuition fees ?
Many students receive funding for part or all of their course fees through the Department of Social Protection and local Employment and Development projects through TESG funding. Individual students must contact their local office to enquire about eligibility.

Do I have to participate in work experience ?
No. There is no requirement for work experience participation.

Can I move between evening and weekend courses and between venues ?
As the structuring of tutorial schedules contains differences between evening and weekend courses it is not possible to interchange. It may be possible to change between venues, subject to availability. Any requests for changes in venue or schedule must be made in writing to the Educational Committee of the National Training Centre and their decision is final.

Where is this course available ?
The course is available in Dublin, Cork, Galway, Limerick and Waterford.

How will I be assessed ?
Students of the National Qualification in Neuromuscular Physical Therapy course are assessed through both written and practical examination at the end of each course. A small amount of final examination marks are achieved through continual assessment throughout the course.

What age group participate on this course ?
Students of all ages participate on the course.

What is the success rate ?
80% - to 90% of students participating on the course will successfully complete all of their final examinations on the first attempt. Of the remainder most will need to repeat one exam with a small number having to repeat more than one exam. Every individual's ability to succeed will be in direct proportion to the number of tutorials attended and the commitment and time and effort they are prepared to commit to their studies.


Book your place
Neuromuscular Physical Therapy Course