Orthopaedic manipulative therapists meet in Spain

One of the International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Physical Therapists’ newest members held a successful national congress in Zaragoza, Spain in November.

This was the first conference of its kind for Orthopaedic Manipulative Therapy of Spain (OMT Espana), which became a full member of IFOMPT in 2004. The congress was held in conjunction with the IFOMPT European Education Committee meeting, which is a forum where member organisations can meet and share experiences and be informed of IFOMPT business.  

In the run-up to the conference, the IFOMPT Executive and Standards Committee met for business. There was also a Teachers’ Symposium, bringing together leading teachers from the orthopaedic manipulative groups within IFOMPT member organisations. This attracted 80 participants from 20 countries, with12 presentations by speakers from Spain, Belgium, South Africa, Canada, Netherlands, Australia and the UK.  The presentations covered models of clinical reasoning, theoretical teaching frameworks and new practical applications of manual therapy. Most presentations are available to view on the IFOMPT website www.ifompt.com
The Standards Committee discussed curriculum development for the member organisation programmes, and the international standards document that all member organisations have to comply with.
The OMT Espana congress showcased international invited speakers, including members of the IFOMPT Executive and Standards Committee, local Spanish physical therapists and Masters graduates from the orthopaedic manipulative programme at the University of Zaragoza. 
Freddie Kaltenborn and Olaf Evjenth were given honorary membership of OMT Espana in recognition for their contribution to the development of the OMT programme in Spain. Annalie Basson and Alison Rushton were awarded the same honour for their role in supporting OMT Espana.