10th Annual

Soft Tissue Therapy Conference

When You Know Why, The How Is Easy

29-30th October 2016

Soft Tissue Therapy Conference Profile

This year we reach our 10th year presenting the Annual Soft Tissue Therapy Conference.

The number one goal of each and every one of our Soft Tissue Therapy Conferences is to bring the skills and knowledge of other professional practitioners to you.

Sometimes what we see can be a quiet affirmation of what we know and are familiar with. Other times, our minds are opened to the myriad of techniques, ideas, philosophies, and practices that we have never thought about or experienced in our own lives.

We all know what we do in our own practices, but, rarely do we have insight into what other practitioners are doing and how other allied health professionals tackle their clients in their everyday clinic lives.

Like our previous nine conferences, we again assemble a varied and unique list of speakers who are experts in their fields and most willing to share their insights with us.

Please enjoy.

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This year's Soft Tissue Therapy Conference Presenters are ...

Josephine Key is an author, mentor and practising neuromusculo-skeletal physiotherapist. She has over 40 years of clinical experience and  30 years as the principal physiotherapist at Edgecliff Physiotherapy Sports and Spinal Centre.

Josephine is evidenced informed, but fiercely practical.  Her passion for bodies, their optimal function and how dysfunction drives pain states, underpins her work.

Josephine's treatment approach distills the complex academic evidence, but enhances it with practical approaches inspired from multiple eastern and western manual and movement disciplines. She has refined this knowledge and developed a simple classification system which can be used to guide treatment approaches – The Key Approach. This is explained in her book: Back Pain: A Movement Problem.

Josephine has a particular interest in the nature of movement – understanding what constitutes natural healthy control and the relationship between altered axial posturo-movement control and many pain disorders – in particular those relating to the spine.

Josephine graduated in physiotherapy in NSW and gained a Postgraduate Diploma in Manipulative Physiotherapy from Sydney University.

"The site of pain isn’t necessarily the source of the pain: Seeing the link between altered spinal control and back pain, and many common myofascial pain syndromes and ‘injuries’ of the lower quadrant."

How to work smarter rather than harder? This presentation offers a novel paradigm to help you better understand and manage many common lower quadrant pain syndromes.

In attempting to diagnose musculoskeletal pain, many practitioners look for local structural pathology as the cause – and more recently, pain science attributes changes in the brain.

However, what is generally overlooked is the co-dependent altered function in the nervous, myo-fascial and joint systems which accompany most spino-pelvic pain syndromes and many lower limb ‘injuries’.

The spine is particularly vulnerable to poorly organised movement patterns. So is the nervous system – as the spine houses much of it - and the segmental level of the nervous system is an important functional relay station between the CNS and the periphery. Altered loading of the spinal segments in posture and movement not only creates local joint, soft tissue and neural ‘bother’ and pain – but can also lead to bi-directional changes in the  nervous system affecting both the CNS and the periphery. And so, in time, myofascial and joint function of the tissues within the peripheral innervation ‘postcode’ may be affected, setting the stage for the appearance of many pains and ‘injuries’ seemingly without a cause.

The presentation will outline the common readily apparent features of altered function in the spino-pelvic neuro-myofascial and articular systems which compromise spinal health.

It will relate this altered function to spino-pelvic pain patterns – and also profile a number of common lower quadrant pain syndromes and ‘injuries’ with reference to altered function, tissue changes and symptoms within the ‘postcode’ related to the segmental dysfunction e.g. hip and groin pain; bursitis; gluteal, hamstring and achilles tendinopathies.

Josephine Key
Keynote Speaker

Dr. Roy Sugarman

Dr Roy Sugarman is a Clinical Neuropsychologist and Clinical Psychologist, and Director of Applied Neuroscience in the performance innovation teams at both LifeIQ International in Sydney, Manila and Singapore, and for EXOS in Phoenix, rated the third most innovative group in sports in the world.  In this capacity he has coached athletes internationally including the US National Men’s Soccer Team, with his colleagues from EXOS, and with LifeIQ, working with major corporate employers across the East and in Australia. Dr Sugarman also works with pain patients in his practice in Sydney, as well as anxiety and mood disorders and other clinical presentations.

Dr Sugarman is also a noted rehabilitation expert in traumatic brain injury, mood and anxiety disorders in children and adults, and serves as a Clinical Lecturer in Psychiatry at UNSW.

Dr Sugarman has developed an integrated approach to achieving peak performance in both body and brain which is internationally recognized as being the current state of the art in both rehabilitation and peak performance circles: his work was showcased in the well received TV series, Body and Brain Overall on OneHD and Channel 10.

Dr Sugarman works with individuals from his practice in Rose Bay, Australia with both clinical clients as well as high level executives, building resilience through his integrated approach to body-brain optimization.

The neuroscience of dancing close, of touch, of laughter

Dr Roy Sugarman opens our eyes to what neuroscience teaches us about dancing close, touching, and laughter. The impact of these behaviours in our neurodevelopment and the continuing building of resilience and skills across the lifetime is illuminated, and we are taken through to a clear understanding of what is missing in modern life settings, and why this has to change. The impact of these behaviours on health and wellbeing, both mental and physical, and the therapeutic value of interventions around these three areas is dealt with from an applied neuroscience perspective.

Attendees will learn the value of these three dimensions in creating interventions to help us live life longer, and love it.

Previously, at the 9th Annual Soft Tissue Therapy Conference, Roy presented ...

Dr. Sugarman examines the non-conscious patient biases that often render the therapeutic relationship a confrontational one, where the therapist is unwisely directed to be the expert, with the patient the passive recipient of said expertise. This results in outcomes that are not always optimal, and Dr. Sugarman draws on the content of his book: “Motivation for Coaches and Personal Trainers” Engaging and retaining people in positive behavioural change to confront the way helping professions actually undermine the goals of the patient.

Focussing on Self-Efficacy as a client driver, Dr Sugarman classifies relationships and demonstrates how healing best takes place, focussing on mindset, movement, nutrition and recovery strategies. Little things make a huge difference. With this, Practitioners will be better equipped to help patients achieve their goals in a warm supportive relationship which empower patient self-efficacy, using state of the art neuroscience insights.

Con Mitropoulos wants to change the world and make it a healthier place. He does this one life at a time by sharing his knowledge in health and fitness and what better way to do it than with the world wide web. His website contains free regular videos on exercise, diet, recipes, lifestyle change, amongst other related issues, and yes they are totally free.

Passionate about life and filled with a burning desire to change the world, Mitropoulos knew his purpose in life is to lead and inspire others the world over. His quest began with TIABOB, his first book, and now continues with QUOTATIONS.

Constantine Mitropoulos was destined for great things, overcoming severe stuttering as a teen and cheating death from a life threatening disease of the brain, he approached life with an insatiable desire and hunger to be the best he could be. Responsible for pioneering CD-ROM and touch screen technology in the banking industry in 1987, he went into business for himself at age twenty-four, manufacturing the first CD-ROM to contain the entirety of Australia’s yellow and white pages, and hence revolutionising marketing forever. His giving attitude to life was honoured when he also received an apostolic blessing from Pope John Paul II for translating certain texts into Latin for the Vatican.

Con has come to realise from personal experience that although lots of people know what they should do about their health wealth and happiness, few people actually do what they know they should. Some have tried to be healthier but say they failed because this or that didn't work for them and immediately feel overwhelmed, believing it’s a problem with themselves, like there is something wrong with them, when the truth is that all you have to do is simply modify your behaviour and change your approach.

Passionate about life and filled with a burning desire to change the world, Mitropoulos knew his purpose in life is to lead and inspire others the world over. His quest began with TIABOB, his first book, and now continues with QUOTATIONS.

Inflammorigin - The Origin of Inflammation & How To Get Rid Of It.

Learn how to FEEL AWESOME by stopping inflammation at its origin. Pain, Aches, Soreness, Stiffness, Sensitivity, Lacking Energy, or not feeling AWESOME had to start somewhere. It shouldn't be normal, even as you age, so if you want to eliminate pain and discomfort in your body then let’s go to the very beginning, the origin of inflammation and fix it.

Come with an open mind and your brutal honesty, Constantine will do the rest

Constantine Mitropoulos

James Walsh 

James Walsh is a movement therapist focused on movement, soft tissue, food and lifestyle strategies to address chronic pain and injury plus physical performance. In recent years he has integrated 30 years of clinical and studio experience into a simple format, ‘Spatial Movement Therapy’ - working with the body in space to create space in the body. James provides both private and class formats optimising the physical potential of clients and peers alike.

Spatial Movement Therapy (SMT)

The ‘Spatial Movement Therapy’ presentation demonstrates key principles and strategies working with the body in space to create space in the body. The presentation comprises a balance of theory and practical using movement, soft tissue, food and lifestyle approaches to optimise spatial potential. The presentation includes;

- Introduction to Spatial Movement Therapy
- Outline and application of SMT key principles and strategies including;
- Movement postures for observation and skill development
- Soft tissue applications
- Food for detoxification and regeneration of tissue
- Stress regulation for adrenal, kidney and lymphatic support
- Inclusion of case histories to help navigate the integration of SMT principles and strategies
- Relaxed and informative presentation style

Spatial Movement Therapy (SMT)

The ‘Spatial Movement Therapy’ presentation demonstrates key principles and strategies working with the body in space to create space in the body. The presentation comprises a balance of theory and practical using movement, soft tissue, food and lifestyle approaches to optimise spatial potential. The presentation includes;

- Introduction to Spatial Movement Therapy
- Outline and application of SMT key principles and strategies including;
- Movement postures for observation and skill development
- Soft tissue applications
- Food for detoxification and regeneration of tissue
- Stress regulation for adrenal, kidney and lymphatic support
- Inclusion of case histories to help navigate the integration of SMT principles and strategies
- Relaxed and informative presentation style

Andrew Simmons (B.Sp.Sc) is the Founder and Managing Director of Vision Personal Training. He is highly respected in the Health and Fitness Industry, being inducted into the Fitness Australia Roll of Honour in 2013. In 2014 he was also made a "Paul Harris Fellow" by Rotary International for his work in the community. He was voted National Personal Trainer of the Year in 2003 and Vision was voted Emerging Franchise of the Year for NSW/ACT in 2008. Vision was also awarded National Personal Training Business of the Year in 2003 and 2010.

Andrew is also the author of two books "Fat Loss: Take Control", with sales well over 40,000 and "Ready Set Go - 3 Steps to Better Health" with sales of more than 15,000.

Andrew Simmons (B.Sp.Sc) is the Founder and Managing Director of Vision Personal Training. He is highly respected in the Health and Fitness Industry, being inducted into the Fitness Australia Roll of Honour in 2013. In 2014 he was also made a "Paul Harris Fellow" by Rotary International for his work in the community. He was voted National Personal Trainer of the Year in 2003 and Vision was voted Emerging Franchise of the Year for NSW/ACT in 2008. Vision was also awarded National Personal Training Business of the Year in 2003 and 2010.

Andrew is also the author of two books "Fat Loss: Take Control", with sales well over 40,000 and"Ready Set Go - 3 Steps to Better Health" with sales of more than 15,000.

Happily married to his wife Fiona and father of their 4 growing children, Andrew certainly understands the challenges of balancing health within a busy lifestyle.

Andrew is passionate about decreasing the escalating Type 2 Diabetes and obesity epidemics in Australia and providing passionate Health and Fitness Professionals long-term careers.

Join Andrew to hear his secret insights that took him from earnings of $45/week to over $50 million dollars per year. Developing any business relies on some basic fundamentals. If you're struggling to make $100 per week, $1,000 per week or $100,000 per week, Andrew has been there and can show you the simple steps to reach your own personal goals.

Andrew Simmons 

10th Annual Soft Tissue Therapy Conference 2016 Proceedings

Saturday 29th October

  • 9.00

    Josephine Key - Keynote Speaker

    The site of pain isn’t necessarily the source of the pain: Seeing the link between altered spinal control and back pain, and many common myofascial pain syndromes and ‘injuries’ of the lower quadrant.

  • 10.00

    Morning tea

  • 10.30

    James Walsh

    Introduction to Spatial Movement Therapy

  • 11.30

    Josephine Key

    The site of pain isn’t necessarily the source of the pain: Seeing the link between altered spinal control and back pain, and many common myofascial pain syndromes and ‘injuries’ of the lower quadrant.

  • 13.00

    Lunch

  • 14.15

    Andrew Simmons

    From $50 per week to $50 million per year in service-based professions

  • 15.45

    Afternoon tea

  • 16.00

    Andrew Simmons

    Q&A

  • 16.30

    Day One Wrap-Up

  • 17.00

    Close Day One

Sunday 30th October

  • 9.30

    Dr. Roy Sugarman

    The neuroscience of dancing close, of touch, of laughter.

  • 11.00

    Morning tea

  • 11.30

    Con Mitropoulos

    Inflammorigin - The Origin of Inflammation & How To Get Rid Of It.

  • 13.00

    James Walsh

    Spatial Movement Therapy (Practical)

  • 14.30

    Day Two Wrap-Up

  • 15.00

    Conference end

Venue

Tradies
57 Manchester Rd (cnr Kingsway)
Gymea NSW Australia

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Some of Presenters' other presentations and backgrounds

Josephine Key

Andrew Simmons

James Walsh ft. Con Mitropoulos

Con Mitropoulos

Sponsors and Prize Exhibitors

Major Prize: T-Rack

Sponsor: mWax

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