PABC Course: Exercise Prescription for Cervical Spine Dysfunction


The use of specific therapeutic exercise as an adjunct to manual therapy treatment is a major component of evidence-based physiotherapy. It can be challenging to develop the appropriate exercise program for the patient with cervical dysfunction, attempting to address the many impairments involved, and yet not overload or irritate the neck.

This course will focus on the use of exercise in the management of the patient with cervical spine dysfunction. A variety of physiological impairments: muscle performance (recruitment, motor control & strength), mobility, somatosensory function and posture will be presented, and detailed assessment particularly for the motor and somatosensory dysfunctions will be covered through practical sessions. Exercises to address each of these impairments will be discussed, demonstrated and practiced. This is not a manual therapy course and minimal manual therapy techniques will be included in order to focus our time on exercise.

Exercise program design will be summarized through the use of a case history demonstration if time permits.

At the conclusion of the course, the therapist will be capable of:

1. Identifying and evaluating the following cervical spine impairments of:

  • Mobility

  • Motor Performance

  • Dynamic Stability

  • Somatosensory Function

  • Posture

2. Applying specific exercise interventions to address each of these impairments.
3. Developing a comprehensive exercise program for patients with various types of cervical spine dysfunction.


Saturday, September 19, 2020 8:30am - 4:30pm
Sunday, September 20, 2020 8:30am - 4:30pm

Target Audience:
Physical Therapists


Carol Kennedy graduated from Queen’s University in 1979, completed her Advanced Diploma of Orthopaedic Manual and Manipulative Therapy in 1984 and then her Clinical Masters of Science in Manipulative Therapy from UWO in 2010. She teaches extensively in the Canadian Manual Therapy Course System, as well as cervical spine manual therapy and exercise courses nationally and internationally. She is past Chair of the Chief Examiner Board for the National Orthopaedic Manual Therapy Exams. In 2005 Carol received an Award of Excellence in the Clinical Contribution category from the Physiotherapy Association of British Columbia for her work and teaching in the area of the cervical spine. In 2012, Carol was part of the first group of candidates to successfully complete the CPA Clinical Specialization Program in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy and also qualified as an assessor for that program. In 2015, Carol received the Golden Hands Award, given to “an exceptional orthopaedic physio that exemplifies the commitment to our profession in manual therapy, education, mentorship & research”. Carol has contributed chapters on cervical exercise for the textbooks; Therapeutic Exercise, Moving Toward Function (4th edition, 2017) as well as Manual Therapy for Musculoskeletal Pain Syndromes (2016). Carol presented at the Medical Symposium at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics as well as several other congresses on the topic of Cervical Contributions to Concussion-type Symptoms. Carol is a partner at Treloar Physiotherapy Clinic in Vancouver where she almost exclusively treats patients with cervical spine disorders.

COVID19 Precautions:

Larger clinic location to enable physical distancing
Masks and sanitizer provided throughout the course
A single partner for all practical sessions

All participants are responsible for ensuring that they have a current license to practice from the College of Physical Therapists of British Columbia (CPTBC). If participants are from out of BC, they must acquire a Temporary License from CPTBC

PABC Course Cancellation Policy:
PABC Course refunds are issued for cancellations received two weeks prior to the event, less a $100 Cancellation fee. No refunds are issued for cancellations less than two weeks prior to the event.

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Start date
End date
Date note
Saturday, September 19, 2020 8:30am - 4:30pm
Sunday, September 20, 2020 8:30am - 4:30pm
Produced by PABC
Event cost
$350 - $750
In person

UBC - Friedman Building
Vancouver BC V6T 1Z4

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