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MAPS Overview & The Maitland-Australian Approach
The Maitland Approach is considered the cornerstone of modern day Orthopedic Manual Therapy for treatment of both Spinal and Peripheral conditions, and uses primarily the assessment and treatment of the patient's signs and symptoms to develop an effective treatment plan. This approach is patient-centric, and respects the diagnosis with an understanding of the pathology. Biomechanical knowledge is used when applicable. MAPS develops the Maitland Approach a step further, providing advanced training to qualified clinicians in the Maitland-Australian Approach, which combines the latest Evidence-Based research in Manual Therapy/Physiotherapy with the Maitland Approach and associated evaluation and treatment techniques. The Maitland Australian Approach intentionally gently provokes the patient's actual symptoms using carefully graded osteokinematic (physiological) and arthrokinematic (accessory) passive mobilization. This approach is recognized worldwide as an efficient, safe and gentle way to evaluate and treat the orthopedic patient to alleviate pain, reduce inflammation, restore movement, and maximize function.
The Maitland-Australian Approach is highly efficient and effective in the management of neuromuskuloskeletal conditions. Pioneered in the 1950s by the legendary Australian Physiotherapist Geoffrey Maitland, it has continued to evolve over the years with groundbreaking concepts such as Irritability, Neurodynamics, Combined Movements, Stabilization Training, and Advanced Clinical Reasoning with supporting Evidence-Based Medicine research.
HONING CLINICAL EXPERTISE
The Maitland approach requires the development and continual refinement of clinical assessment skills and clinical judgment by utilizing thorough, accurate assessment (both subjective and objective), and the use of eight clinical hypothesis categories, as described by renowned physiotherapists M. Jones and D. Rivett. This dynamic thought process of patient classification through hypothesis formation and modification--commonly known as Clinical Reasoning--results in a more knowledgeable treating clinician. The improvement in clinical expertise and thought processes embedded in the Maitland concept and in the MAPS curriculum puts clinicians on a path of professional growth, personal excellence and, ultimately, vastly improved patient care.
FOCUS ON PATIENT VALUES
Geoff Maitland's #1 Core Principle is, "Sublimation of self and a positive personal commitment to understand what the patient is enduring, and the effects the disorder has upon the patient." The Maitland approach has always been, and continues to be, concerned with the patient's needs above all. Few philosophies of manual therapy can claim the same level of commitment to the patient's values and well-being, as the Maitland Approach.
OUR COURSE FORMAT AND CURRICULUM
Maitland Australian Physiotherapy Seminars (MAPS) offers two and three day clinical seminars, presented primarily on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays throughout the year. The format is 70% "Hands-On" individual laboratory instruction, with directly supervised instructor feedback, and includes "live" patient demonstrations. The Maitland-Australian concept of assessment and treatment is presented in a graduated continuum to encourage clinicians to improve their skills in the management of Spinal and Peripheral conditions through accurate and focused patient assessment and subsequent treatment. We train each clinician how to efficiently and effectively treat and continually assess the patient's condition throughout the management of the patient. MAPS courses range from introductory to advanced, and some courses have prerequisite requirements. For more details, please see Course Descriptions.
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|Looking for a COMT? This list of Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapists (or COMTs) includes all COMT graduates worldwide, as well as MAPS faculty.||We suggest that you visit this page often to check course confirmation status and to find new courses which are added frequently.||Our seminars incorporate the teaching of Geoff Maitland and others who have contributed to what has become known as the "Maitland-Australian Approach".||Registering for classes is easy. Submit full payment with the registration form. Reservations are limited and are on a first come, first serve basis.||Come meet our world-class faculty. Each of our faculty has experience in a wide variety of manual therapy practices and specialty areas.|