Higher Diploma in Neuromuscular Therapy™

Study with renowned world leaders on the H. Dip. NMT

NTC’s Higher Diploma in Neuromuscular Therapy™ is a must for therapists wishing to establish a flourishing career in this specialist field. It is a unique course providing advanced knowledge and skills centered around the model of Biotensegrity.
Our world renowned tutors include Joanne Avison, John Sharkey, Kevin Prunty, Don Kelley, Judith DeLaney and Dr William Elliot.
This course is open to qualified bodywork professionals who want to advance their clinical knowledge and skills to offer advanced intervention procedures for patients with chronic soft tissue pain, muscle and nerve pain. 

The course has been carefully designed to maximise the potential for interaction between the tutors and learners in a very friendly and non intimidating atmosphere. With most tutorials recorded on video learners need have no fear of failing.  Students have access to our amazing student learning portal  where they can watch the tutorials on video as often as they like until they perfect a skill or truly understand a theory.  

This course will interest students who are serious about making a life time career in physical therapy in Ireland or overseas. Learners will acquire advanced knowledge and skills supported by the Biotensegrity model providing all they need for a successful career treating chronic pain. In 2015 the Higher diploma course underwent an extensive programme review leading to several exciting changes and additions to the programme for 2016. Our learners will enjoy webinars and videos that they can watch at home in their own time or on the move, on their tablet, smartphone or other device.

Learning from world recognised leaders our learners will discard outdated notions, gain an appreciation for the latest accepted models and theories and develop insights that will create fresh perspectives in clinical reasoning and activity. Learners will complete the course with a tremendous reserve of strategic thinking that they can put to immediate use as contingencies demand.

We are excited to announce that NTC is bringing Structural Integration to Ireland as a formal module of the Higher Diploma. Students will learn the Art of Structural Integrity which is a series of lessons designed to integrate seeing and assessment skills with advanced whole-body soft tissue manipulation techniques. A particular focus will be on the specific aspects of the body-wide architecture in the context of Biotensegrity and how it is integrated at every level of fascia, form and functional movement, as a whole. Techniques will include integrated client motion and specific depth adjustment with client movement techniques to enhance self-regulation.

In addition the European  Neuromuscular Therapy™ student will also be exposed to american influences including Neuromuscular techniques which will provide students with a wonderful tool box of techniques suitable for multiple pain management scenarios. 

We use close up video recording of the hands-on aspects for large screen viewing during each class with online access to a library of current and previous videos through the NTC student learning portal at any time during the course. 

If you are interested and would like to know more about this neuromuscular therapy™ training course, please call us now on 01 882 7777 or fill out the registration form to book a place now.

The Higher Diploma in Neuromuscular Therapy™ course is exclusively available to qualified bodywork therapists. Qualifying individuals include:

  • Doctors
  • Dentists
  • Rolfers
  • Osteopaths
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Certificate Level Neuromuscular Therapists
  • Orthopaedic Sports Massage Therapists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Chiropractors

All applications are considered on an individual basis.

Current certificate Level Neuromuscular Physical Therapy™ students are encouraged to apply for a place on the next Higher Diploma in Neuromuscular Therapy™ programme.  Please note that the Higher Diploma will only be issued once students have successfully completed the Certificate level course and  have obtained the National Qualification in Neuromuscular Physical Therapy™. 

The Higher Diploma is an advanced complementary medical educational (CME) course involving sports massage and soft tissue manipulation techniques based on the model of Biotensegrity including:

  • Advanced functional anatomy based on BioTensegrity and Four Bar Kinematics

  • Pathophysiology of chronic pain

  • Arthrokinematics - A new explanation of human movement

  • Cranial manipulation and Intra-oral tissue release for effective treatment of chronic pain problems including; head / neck pain, dizziness (Vertigo), Otalgia (ear pain), impaired hearing, change of sensations in the ear, double or blurred vision, jaw joint noises, sinus pain, migraines and headaches

  • TMJ Treatment - effective interventions for TMJ pain and associated symptoms including ear fullness / pressure, ear pain, tinnitus, dizziness, and hyperacusis

  • Spinal Mobilisation (using mobilisation with movement (MWM)- passive mobilisation with additional active movement

  • Breathing patterns disorders and chronic pelvic pain 

  • The Art of Structural integrity to include Biotensegrity, the art of seeing, structural isolation v’s structural integration

  • The superficial and deep architecture and the Four Series Protocol. 

  • Advanced management of fascial dysfunction 

  • Rehabilitation Sequencing - neurodynamic stabilisation and efficiency

  • Laws of European Neuromuscular Therapy™ and their implications in effective NMT interventions

  • Medical Exercise Science - exploring the science of safe, effective and appropriate physical activities to restore neuromuscular efficiency and chronic pain resolutions 

  • Advanced neurodynamic stress assessment and ENMT resolutions to restore normal nerve function

  • Fascia, skin and myokinetic chains and links

  • The science and clinical applications of Neuromuscular Techniques - European and American influences. 

  • Nutrition and biochemical factors that positively influence or help manage chronic pain & dysfunction

The educational investment for obtaining the Higher Diploma in Neuromuscular Therapy™ course is €7,880.00. 

Fees can be paid by means of a deposit of €800.00 and the balance twenty four monthly installments of €295.00

A total discount of €930.00 is available when you pay full fees of €6,950.00 (either a single payment or deposit plus balance) on or before the course start date. Places are available on a first come first served basis.

The next Higher Diploma in Neuromuscular Therapy™ course runs at the National Training Centre, 15-16 Saint Joseph's Parade, Dorset Street, Dublin 7 and will start on March 2020 - 28th, 29th.

Full schedule of dates will be available soon. 

NTC reserve the right to make changes to the course content, tutors or any aspect of the programme at any stage if deemed necessary


Do I need to hold any other qualification in order to participate on this programme?
Yes. The course is exclusively available to qualified bodywork therapists including: 

  • Doctors
  • Dentists
  • Rolfers
  • Osteopaths
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Certificate Level Neuromuscular Therapists
  • Orthopaedic Sports Massage Therapists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Chiropractors

All applications will be considered on an individual basis.
Current certificate Level Neuromuscular Physical Therapy™ students are encouraged to apply for a place on the next Higher Diploma in Neuromuscular Therapy™ programme.

What will I be qualified to do when I complete this course successfully ?
Students of the Higher Diploma course are recognised as advanced practitioners with a wide knowledge of advanced clinical applications for a variety of soft tissue assessment and manipulation techniques. These are incorporated into a focus on myofascial pain, advanced myofascial trigger point syndromes and general musculoskeletal problems. Successful completion opens a wide range of additional opportunities. Graduates will be the first point of call for referral from certificate level therapists and general medical practitioners, whose patients will report back on the success of their therapeutic interventions. Until recently many of those suffering a wide variety of painful conditions had no where to turn for realistic and practical non surgical intervention. As an advanced Neuromuscular Therapist you will have the unique skills of cranial manipulation, intra-oral tissue release, and advanced hands on skills for the effective resolution of these painful conditions. Neuromuscular Therapists (NMTs) are experts in the area of Myofascial Trigger Point treatment and combine neuromuscular reactive training for appropriate rehabilitation of injured tissues and the treatment of myofascial trigger points. 

Will I be able to get a job in a sports injury clinic or in a hospital ?
Graduates of the Higher Diploma course often work within multi-disciplinary injury clinics where therapists such as chiropractors, osteopaths, physiotherapists, neuromuscular therapists etc. offer a variety of pain and injury solutions. This multi-disciplinary model normally consists of a great deal of cross referral between therapists depending on their individual areas of expertise. Graduates can communicate on an advanced level and establish a G.P. referral scheme in conjunction with a local medical practitioner. Graduates who hold an existing medical qualification may be able to combine advanced neuromuscular therapy™ with their existing skill set within the hospital environment. 

Are there many jobs available for qualified Neuromuscular Therapists in Ireland at present ?
Most advanced neuromuscular 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 with many people increasingly looking beyond traditional medical disciplines for solutions to their health and injury problems. As neuromuscular therapy™ is science based, its appeal is broad.

How much will I earn as an advanced Neuromuscular Therapist ?
The recommended fee for each 45 minute advanced treatment session is €80.00. The number of sessions you decide to complete each week will be determined by your own commitment and the results you achieve. 

Will I need to get insurance ?
The National Training Centre's code of ethics requires that all graduates who are actively working in their chosen 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 with an annual premium of approx. €100.00.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 UK/Ireland 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- info@balens.co.uk

Is this qualification accepted internationally ?
Yes. As this programme is based on both the European and American models of NMT, and is delivered by educational experts from both the EU and the US, advanced neuromuscular therapists are free to offer their services worldwide. In some US states therapists are required to sit and pass a state licencing examination before being licenced to practice. 

Is this course validated by HETAC ? 
The Higher Diploma in Neuromuscular Therapy™ course, 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 www.hetac.ie or by clicking here.

How long does this course last ?
The Higher Diploma course runs for 17 tutorial weekends which take place approximately every second month, although in some cases weekends will be scheduled for consecutive months.

Are there grants available to cover tuition fees ?
Many students receive funding for part 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.

Where is this course available ?
The Higher Diploma in Neuromuscular Therapy™ course is available at the National Training Centre in Dublin.

How will I be assessed ?
Assessment is carried out through both written and practical examination at the end of the course plus continual assessment throughout the programme via a Learner Workbook which contains specified tasks which must be submitted at various dates throughout the course.

What age group participate on this course ?
Students of all ages participate on the Higher Diploma in Neuromuscular Therapy™.

How much of the course is practical and how much is theory ?
The Higher Diploma in Neuromuscular Therapy™ course is primarily based around practical hands-on sessions with a theoretical element within each class.

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