Maitland-Australian Physiotherapy Seminars Courses Are Truly Evidence-Based

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Maitland-Australian Physiotherapy Seminars (MAPS) provides a dynamic curriculum using the Maitland-Australian Approach that is truly Evidence-Based Practice (EBM). The growing recognition by medical professionals of EBM over the past decade further adds to the validity of the Maitland-Australian Approach. This philosophy and corresponding manual therapy examination and treatment techniques, initially introduced by Geoff Maitland over 50 years ago, are strongly supported by the EBM and continue to stand the test of time.

The Maitland-Australian approach is world-renowned, and the cornerstone of modern-day Evidence-Based Orthopedic Manual Therapy.  
First developed by the famous Australian Physiotherapist, and co-founder of IFOMPT, Geoffrey Maitland, the Maitland-Australian approach was first introduced to the U.S. by MAPS founder Robert Sprague, PT, PhD, GDMT,  FAAOMPT.  This approach is based primarily on the assessment and treatment of the patient’s signs/symptoms, respecting the diagnosis, understanding the pathology, and using biomechanical knowledge when applicable.  Biomechanical theory plays only a small role.  The examination and subsequent treatment are intended to gently provoke the patient’s actual symptoms and thus confirm the source and specific tissues potentially at fault. Carefully graded osteokinematic (physiological) and arthrokinematic (accessory) passive mobilization techniques are performed to reproduce the pain of a stiffness disorder (pathomechanical) to restore normal movement and mechanics OR to reduce/eliminate the patient’s pain dominant disorder (pathophysiological) related to inflammation or other pathophysiological processes.  

The Maitland-Australian approach is scientific, systematic, logical, usually very gentle, and epitomizes TRUE Clinical Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM)
David Sackett coined the term, and defined Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM) as the “Integration of Three Equally Weighted Components.”  MAPS integrates the THREE equally weighted components of EBM into every course using:

The Best Available Research

Supporting research is updated continually to ensure course content validity. MAPS curriculum is supported by decades of clinical research and continues to be validated by ground-breaking new research in highly prestigious peer-reviewed journals.

Clinical Expertise

MAPS courses refine course participant skills in patient assessment, clinical reasoning and clinical decision-making. Our Teaching Faculty have over 750 combined years of clinical experience. We emphasize lateral thinking to improve the therapist’s clinical skills through continuous self-assessment.

Patient Values

The patient’s needs are considered above all else, and the effects the disorder has upon the patient are the primary concerns in both evaluation and treatment.

Sackett continues, “Clinical expertise is vital in determining whether the evidence (or guideline) applies to my individual patient, at all, and if so how it applies.” (Ref: Sackett 2000 “Evidence-Based Practice” CEBM).

MAPS courses are well supported by a wealth of research articles in highly respected peer-reviewed Journals and multiple physical therapy textbooks used worldwide. This evidence is rigorously reviewed by our Clinical Education Faculty to ensure our courses continue to reflect the most updated research findings.  Evidence is amply presented and discussed throughout our courses, then accurately integrated into “real-life” clinical assessment and treatment of patients. Extensive bibliographies are available in all course manuals, which are continually updated to include the best available evidence.  MAPS is also actively involved in ongoing clinical research and has successfully published in several peer-reviewed journals.

MAPS Teaching Faculty are respected leaders in the industry, passionate educators, researchers, and highly experienced clinicians.  We take great pride in MAPS instructors, who are leaders and advocates in the physical therapy community. Faculty credentials include 22 FAAOMPTs, 20 OCSs, 6 Advanced Manipulation degrees, and 18 DPTs/PhDs.  We consistently monitor evaluations by course participants in order to continually improve both the educational skills of our teaching faculty as well as our course curriculum.  Many of our instructors have published original research and peer-reviewed articles in well-respected journals such as JOSPT, Manual Therapy, etc. Several have authored and/or contributed to 16 Manual Therapy textbooks. 

MAPS techniques are immediately applicable to your patient. Our weekend seminars provide valuable Clinical Assessment and Clinical Treatment skills that can be used immediately following every course, with nearly every patient treatment!  We can teach you how to become a more effective and efficient clinician, which is a tremendous benefit to your practice with the goal of providing improved patient care and outcomes, particularly in today’s challenging managed care environment.