Higher Diploma in Neuromuscular Therapy Course

Study with internationally renowned pain and injury experts.

The Higher Diploma in Neuromuscular Therapy is a unique course providing advanced knowledge and skills centred around the model of Biotensegrity.

Course Content

The Higher Diploma in Neuromuscular Therapy, with a focus on Biotensegrity, covers all relevant areas to ensure your status as an advanced pain and injury specialist.

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History

NTC’s Higher Diploma in Neuromuscular Therapy was originally written in 2003 by John Sharkey, MSc, Leon Chaitow, DO and Judith DeLany, LMT.

The programme has undergone several reviews in the intervening years, always focusing on cutting edge research in the bodywork arena.

The National Training Centre will continue to honour Leon Chaitow’s legacy by passing on the spirit and essence of his work through the world’s leading bodywork authorities on the Higher Diploma in Neuromuscular Therapy.

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Overview

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 for 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 Neuromuscular 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, and again in 2018, the Higher diploma course underwent an extensive programme review leading to several exciting changes and additions to the programme.

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 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.

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Fees

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 with the balance via twenty four monthly instalments of €295.00 each.

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.

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Eligibility

The Higher Diploma in Neuromuscular Therapy programme 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.

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Syllabus

The Higher Diploma in Neuromuscular Therapy 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 versus 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 and dysfunction
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Support

The Higher Diploma in Neuromuscular Therapy utilises 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 (sample below) through the NTC student Learning Portal at any time during the course.

HISTORY

NTC’s Higher Diploma in Neuromuscular Therapy was originally written in 2003 by John Sharkey, MSc, Leon Chaitow, DO and Judith DeLany, LMT.

The programme has undergone several reviews in the intervening years, always focusing on cutting edge research in the bodywork arena.

The National Training Centre will continue to honour Leon Chaitow’s legacy by passing on the spirit and essence of his work through the world’s leading bodywork authorities on the Higher Diploma in Neuromuscular Therapy.

OVERVIEW

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 for 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 Neuromuscular 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, and again in 2018, the Higher diploma course underwent an extensive programme review leading to several exciting changes and additions to the programme.

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 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.

FEES

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 with the balance via twenty four monthly instalments of €295.00 each.

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.

ELIGIBILITY

The Higher Diploma in Neuromuscular Therapy programme 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.

SYLLABUS

The Higher Diploma in Neuromuscular Therapy 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 versus 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 and dysfunction

SUPPORT

The Higher Diploma in Neuromuscular Therapy utilises 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 (sample below) through the NTC student Learning Portal at any time during the course.

Schedule and Location

This Higher Diploma in Neuromuscular Therapy is available as a part-time weekend course in Dublin at the National Training Centre in Dublin’s city centre. This course only runs once every two and a half years.

2020
March 28th, 29th
May 22nd, 23rd, 24th
July 17th, 18th, 19th
September 4th, 5th, 6th
October 30th, 31st and November 1st

2021
January 8th, 9th, 10th
March 5th, 6th, 7th
May 7th, 8th, 9th
July 2nd, 3rd, 4th
September 3rd, 4th, 5th
November 5th, 6th, 7th

2022
January 7th, 8th, 9th
March 4th, 5th, 6th
May 6th, 7th, 8th
July 1st, 2nd, 3rd
September 2nd, 3rd, 4th
November 4th, 5th, 6th

CourseDurationStart DateTimesVenueAvailabilityBOOKING
DUBLIN

Weekend Course

27 Months (approx.)

March 28th 2020

Friday Evening 7pm to 10pm
Saturday & Sunday 9am to 5pm

NTC
Dublin

Good Availability

DUBLINWeekend Course

Our Higher Diploma Team

This programme is delivered by an internationally renowned team of bodywork experts.

John Sharkey, MSc.

John Sharkey is an international educator, author and authority in the areas of Clinical Anatomy, Exercise Physiology, human movement and the manual treatment of chronic pain using European Neuromuscular Therapy. John is a graduate of the University of Dundee, University of Liverpool and University of Chester. He completed undergraduate and post-graduate studies in the areas of Exercise Physiology, Clinical Anatomy and holds a post-graduate certificate in education. He is currently a senior lecturer within the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Life Sciences, University of Chester/NTC, Dublin and is the programme leader of the Biotensegrity focused Thiel soft fix cadaver dissection courses department of anatomy and human identification, Dundee University, Scotland.

John has been delivering human anatomy dissection courses for many years teaching the geometry of anatomy and movement from the unique Biotensegrity-Anatomy for the 21st Century perspective. His presentations are respectful, dynamic, entertaining, educational and insightful.

John promotes his model of “Biotensegrity-Anatomy for the 21st century” integrating the pioneering work of his mentor Dr. Stephen Levin MD. John has been teaching European Neuromuscular Therapy using living anatomy and specialising in chronic pain conditions. He is recognised as one of the worlds leading authorities on fascia and Biotensegrity. He is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies (JBMT), International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine and other professional journals.

Joanne Avison

JOANNE AVISON a Structural Integrator (IASI) and an early graduate of Tom Myer’s KMI school (1999-2001). Joanne became a Certified Teacher of Kinesis and has considerable experience in both movement and manual therapy

Joanne is an international teacher of applied structural anatomy for movement and manual practitioners in a variety of fields. She is a professional Structural Integration practitioner and certified teacher (KMI, Anatomy Trains 1998-2005 Tom Myers’ school) and Director of the Art of Contemporary Yoga Teacher Training, London, UK.

Joanne is a Senior Yoga Teacher (E-RYT500) and Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) with the International Association of Yoga Therapists.

As a Member of the BioTensegrity Interest Group (B.I.G.), Joanne is fascinated by the application of BioTensegrity principles to the understanding of the human blueprint and natural biomotional organisation. Her writing and workshops are devoted to making this emerging context for human movement applicable and clearly understood.

Joanne is also a CMED Graduate (2004) and has studied extensively in human development as well as specialising in soft tissue and the links between archetypal behaviour and physiology. Her intensive studies include Human Dissection and movement research in Fascial Fitness with Robert Schleip.

Judith DeLany, LMT

JUDITH DELANY, LMT, began teaching NeuroMuscular Therapy in 1984, and has since emerged as a leading pioneer in the field of NMT.

As a result of many years as a clinician and educator, Judith refined and developed methods of teaching the American version of NMT and she is the founder and director of the International Academy of NeuroMuscular Therapies, a certifying body that sets standards for the training of healthcare practitioners in the use of NMT.

She is the Director of the St. Petersburgh, Florida NMT Center, an educational/training organisation that produces NMT events throughout the United States and internationally each year for the healthcare industry.

Licensed Massage Therapists, Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Nurse Massage Therapists, Athletic Trainers, Chiropractors, and Dentists alike benefit from the curriculum and hands-on techniques of NMT.

As an internationally recognised speaker on such topics as chronic pain and myofascial dysfunction, Judith has served as a presenter and/or keynote speaker at numerous conventions and conferences in various fields of medicine. She has been awarded recognition for legislative work as well as outstanding instruction.

A published author of manuals and articles on pain management, Judith also contributed the American version of NMT to Dr. Leon Chaitow’s book Modern Neuromuscular Techniques (Churchill Livingstone Publishers). She and Dr. Chaitow have co-authored two textbooks for neuromuscular therapy Clinical Application of Neuromuscular Techniques (vol. 1 The Upper Body, vol. 2 The Lower Body) as well as the accompanying study guide Clinical Application of Neuromuscular Techniques Case Study Exercises (Elsevier). She has also contributed a chapter on NMT to Principles and Practices of Manual Therapeutics ( Pat Coughlin, MD, ed.) as well as a contribution on NMT to Touch Abilities Essential Connections (Iris Burman, Sandy Friedland).

Judith served for twelve years as Associate Editor for the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies (a peer reviewed journal) in addition to being a contributing writer to that journal and others. She currently serves on JBMT’s advisory board.

She was been awarded the Massage Therapist of the Year award by the Florida Chiropractic Association in 1999 and has received recognition for outstanding instruction as well as legislative efforts.

Judith continues her mission as a spokesperson to all healthcare professions regarding NeuroMuscular Therapy. As a visionary, her primary focus is the advancement of education in all healthcare professions to include soft tissue care and the myofascial treatment of chronic pain syndromes.

Kevin Prunty, MSc.

Kevin is a practicing Neuromuscular Therapist (NMT) and member of the Association of Neuromuscular and Physical Therapists.

As a result of many years of study and industry experience Kevin has a unique understanding of the integration of NMT in the broader field of health fitness and athletic performance. He was the resident club therapist for Monaghan United F.C. for 6 years and has also worked with both Monaghan and Cavan GAA at club and county level offering sports first aid, pain & injury prevention strategies and event massage. He started his career administering emergency first aid volunteering with the Monaghan Civil Defence from an early age at various events around the country and opened Back in Action, a pain & injury clinic in 2005.

As a key member of National Training Centre’s educational committee and as course leader of the Higher Diploma in Neuromuscular Therapy (HDipNMT), Kevin has been instrumental in the development and delivery of NMT and is currently completing his MSc in Neuromuscular Therapy. He has completed fresh frozen cadaver dissections in the Department of Anatomy, Kings College London and is part of a team of international lecturers who have brought advanced qualifications in NMT to a groups of physiotherapists, osteopaths and other health care providers in Warsaw, Poland and King’s College London .

Kevin also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications in Creative multimedia and has been instrumental in implementing a streaming video resource for HDipNMT students which is currently being expanded across a range of courses offered by the National Training Centre. These videos from world authorities were filmed during actual classes on and in a specialised studio in National Training Centre.

Jamie Alagna, LMT

JAMIE ALAGNA has been teaching in the field of massage since 1987. She has been a certified Neuromuscular Therapist since 1990 and began instructing in 1993.

She obtained a BS in Movement from Southern Illinois University and is also AMTA Sports Massage Certified.

Jamie has maintained a private practice for over two decades with her primary focus being the treatment of soft tissue injuries and chronic pain. She has completed certification training in Pilates and, most recently, completed training and became licensed as an acupuncturist in WA state.

When teaching, Jamie incorporates her extensive background in anatomy and kinesiology, along with over 25 years of professional dance experience. Her creative teaching style allows for an open, interactive environment of learning.

David Anderson, MSC

David is a Neuromuscular Therapist and a Manipulative Therapist with over 20 years teaching and clinical experience. He is a graduate of the NTC and University of Chester and is currently a PhD candidate at Ulster University. His doctoral research concerns the rehabilitation of patellar tendinopathy. David is a Sports Therapy lecturer at University College Birmingham and he is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Cristopher Alejandro, MSc.MISCP

Cristopher orignally hails from the Phillipines and is a qualified Physiotherapist. Cris teaches on many of the NTC’s bodywork educational programmes and his area of speciality is in myofascial triggerpoint dry needling.

Dr. William Elliott

William brings a unique blending of exercise physiology, bodywork therapy,and nutrition science to the programme. Dr. Elliott holds a BSc in exercise nutrition from California State University, an MSc in exercise science from the University of Colorado and a Ph.D. in applied physiology and health informatics from the Union Institute and University in Ohio.

Michelle O’Melia, MSc

Michelle has been delivering educational excellence at the National Training Centre since 2000. She is passionate about all aspects of fitness and health and holds a Masters Degree in Exercise and Nutrition Science from the University of Chester.

Michelle teaches exercise to music, anatomy and physiology, fitness assessment and exercise physiology on our primary health fitness programmes and also delivers suspension training and indoor cycling.

Paula Bergs

John Sharkey, MSc.

John Sharkey is an international educator, author and authority in the areas of Clinical Anatomy, Exercise Physiology, human movement and the manual treatment of chronic pain using European Neuromuscular Therapy. John is a graduate of the University of Dundee, University of Liverpool and University of Chester. He completed undergraduate and post-graduate studies in the areas of Exercise Physiology, Clinical Anatomy and holds a post-graduate certificate in education. He is currently a senior lecturer within the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Life Sciences, University of Chester/NTC, Dublin and is the programme leader of the Biotensegrity focused Thiel soft fix cadaver dissection courses department of anatomy and human identification, Dundee University, Scotland.

John has been delivering human anatomy dissection courses for many years teaching the geometry of anatomy and movement from the unique Biotensegrity-Anatomy for the 21st Century perspective. His presentations are respectful, dynamic, entertaining, educational and insightful.

John promotes his model of “Biotensegrity-Anatomy for the 21st century” integrating the pioneering work of his mentor Dr. Stephen Levin MD. John has been teaching European Neuromuscular Therapy using living anatomy and specialising in chronic pain conditions. He is recognised as one of the worlds leading authorities on fascia and Biotensegrity. He is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies (JBMT), International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine and other professional journals.

Joanne Avison

JOANNE AVISON a Structural Integrator (IASI) and an early graduate of Tom Myer’s KMI school (1999-2001). Joanne became a Certified Teacher of Kinesis and has considerable experience in both movement and manual therapy

Joanne is an international teacher of applied structural anatomy for movement and manual practitioners in a variety of fields. She is a professional Structural Integration practitioner and certified teacher (KMI, Anatomy Trains 1998-2005 Tom Myers’ school) and Director of the Art of Contemporary Yoga Teacher Training, London, UK.

Joanne is a Senior Yoga Teacher (E-RYT500) and Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) with the International Association of Yoga Therapists.

As a Member of the BioTensegrity Interest Group (B.I.G.), Joanne is fascinated by the application of BioTensegrity principles to the understanding of the human blueprint and natural biomotional organisation. Her writing and workshops are devoted to making this emerging context for human movement applicable and clearly understood.

Joanne is also a CMED Graduate (2004) and has studied extensively in human development as well as specialising in soft tissue and the links between archetypal behaviour and physiology. Her intensive studies include Human Dissection and movement research in Fascial Fitness with Robert Schleip.

Judith DeLany, LMT

JUDITH DELANY, LMT, began teaching NeuroMuscular Therapy in 1984, and has since emerged as a leading pioneer in the field of NMT.

As a result of many years as a clinician and educator, Judith refined and developed methods of teaching the American version of NMT and she is the founder and director of the International Academy of NeuroMuscular Therapies, a certifying body that sets standards for the training of healthcare practitioners in the use of NMT.

She is the Director of the St. Petersburgh, Florida NMT Center, an educational/training organisation that produces NMT events throughout the United States and internationally each year for the healthcare industry.

Licensed Massage Therapists, Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Nurse Massage Therapists, Athletic Trainers, Chiropractors, and Dentists alike benefit from the curriculum and hands-on techniques of NMT.

As an internationally recognised speaker on such topics as chronic pain and myofascial dysfunction, Judith has served as a presenter and/or keynote speaker at numerous conventions and conferences in various fields of medicine. She has been awarded recognition for legislative work as well as outstanding instruction.

A published author of manuals and articles on pain management, Judith also contributed the American version of NMT to Dr. Leon Chaitow’s book Modern Neuromuscular Techniques (Churchill Livingstone Publishers). She and Dr. Chaitow have co-authored two textbooks for neuromuscular therapy Clinical Application of Neuromuscular Techniques (vol. 1 The Upper Body, vol. 2 The Lower Body) as well as the accompanying study guide Clinical Application of Neuromuscular Techniques Case Study Exercises (Elsevier). She has also contributed a chapter on NMT to Principles and Practices of Manual Therapeutics ( Pat Coughlin, MD, ed.) as well as a contribution on NMT to Touch Abilities Essential Connections (Iris Burman, Sandy Friedland).

Judith served for twelve years as Associate Editor for the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies (a peer reviewed journal) in addition to being a contributing writer to that journal and others. She currently serves on JBMT’s advisory board.

She was been awarded the Massage Therapist of the Year award by the Florida Chiropractic Association in 1999 and has received recognition for outstanding instruction as well as legislative efforts.

Judith continues her mission as a spokesperson to all healthcare professions regarding NeuroMuscular Therapy. As a visionary, her primary focus is the advancement of education in all healthcare professions to include soft tissue care and the myofascial treatment of chronic pain syndromes.

Kevin Prunty, MSc.

Kevin is a practicing Neuromuscular Therapist (NMT) and member of the Association of Neuromuscular and Physical Therapists.

As a result of many years of study and industry experience Kevin has a unique understanding of the integration of NMT in the broader field of health fitness and athletic performance. He was the resident club therapist for Monaghan United F.C. for 6 years and has also worked with both Monaghan and Cavan GAA at club and county level offering sports first aid, pain & injury prevention strategies and event massage. He started his career administering emergency first aid volunteering with the Monaghan Civil Defence from an early age at various events around the country and opened Back in Action, a pain & injury clinic in 2005.

As a key member of National Training Centre’s educational committee and as course leader of the Higher Diploma in Neuromuscular Therapy (HDipNMT), Kevin has been instrumental in the development and delivery of NMT and is currently completing his MSc in Neuromuscular Therapy. He has completed fresh frozen cadaver dissections in the Department of Anatomy, Kings College London and is part of a team of international lecturers who have brought advanced qualifications in NMT to a groups of physiotherapists, osteopaths and other health care providers in Warsaw, Poland and King’s College London .

Kevin also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications in Creative multimedia and has been instrumental in implementing a streaming video resource for HDipNMT students which is currently being expanded across a range of courses offered by the National Training Centre. These videos from world authorities were filmed during actual classes on and in a specialised studio in National Training Centre.

Jamie Alagna, LMT

JAMIE ALAGNA has been teaching in the field of massage since 1987. She has been a certified Neuromuscular Therapist since 1990 and began instructing in 1993.

She obtained a BS in Movement from Southern Illinois University and is also AMTA Sports Massage Certified.

Jamie has maintained a private practice for over two decades with her primary focus being the treatment of soft tissue injuries and chronic pain. She has completed certification training in Pilates and, most recently, completed training and became licensed as an acupuncturist in WA state.

When teaching, Jamie incorporates her extensive background in anatomy and kinesiology, along with over 25 years of professional dance experience. Her creative teaching style allows for an open, interactive environment of learning.

David Anderson, MSC

David is a Neuromuscular Therapist and a Manipulative Therapist with over 20 years teaching and clinical experience. He is a graduate of the NTC and University of Chester and is currently a PhD candidate at Ulster University. His doctoral research concerns the rehabilitation of patellar tendinopathy. David is a Sports Therapy lecturer at University College Birmingham and he is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Cristopher Alejandro, MSc.MISCP

Cristopher orignally hails from the Phillipines and is a qualified Physiotherapist. Cris teaches on many of the NTC’s bodywork educational programmes and his area of speciality is in myofascial triggerpoint dry needling.

Dr. William Elliott

William brings a unique blending of exercise physiology, bodywork therapy,and nutrition science to the programme. Dr. Elliott holds a BSc in exercise nutrition from California State University, an MSc in exercise science from the University of Colorado and a Ph.D. in applied physiology and health informatics from the Union Institute and University in Ohio.

Michelle O’Melia, MSc

Michelle has been delivering educational excellence at the National Training Centre since 2000. She is passionate about all aspects of fitness and health and holds a Masters Degree in Exercise and Nutrition Science from the University of Chester.

Michelle teaches exercise to music, anatomy and physiology, fitness assessment and exercise physiology on our primary health fitness programmes and also delivers suspension training and indoor cycling.

Paula Bergs

Frequently Asked Questions

The answers to the most commonly asked questions from prospective students

Reviews

The reviews below are unsolicited and from those who have attended previous Neuromuscular Therapy programmes delivered by NTC

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