ESP® prevention therapy – Rehabilitation of the spine

a course of training ESP® prevention and rehabilitation therapist


The increase in non-specific, acute and chronic back pain is a major problem in our economy. Despite an increase in the medical and paramedical knowledge, the number of back injuries is still increasing. In the dynamic field of physical therapy there are many changes, including the field of spinal rehabilitation.

The course covers the diagnosis and functional rehabilitation for non-specific acute, subacute and chronic low back pain. It discusses the diagnosis by excluding certain forms of serious lower back pain and a hernia.

The diagnosis and treatment of cervical problems is not the focus of this course. Recommendations are given in the course on the diagnosis and rehabilitation of cervical spine problems.

How can we best diagnose? What is meant by local and global stability of the spine and how can we  implement this practical? Are paraesthesien relevant in the leg or not? How do we deal with the symptom of pain?
Do you want answers to these questions? Then this course is for you.


Leadership: The participant can expertly advise by applying the newly learned diagnostic tests and giving the right kind of advice to patients with movements indicated problems. The therapeutic intervention can be appropriately used in the various pathologies of the spine. Participants can participate at a professional level in discussions with colleagues and medical disciplines. Participants may accompany this course after patients and customers in a responsible and professional manner with problems in the spine in diagnostic, therapeutic and preventive purposes.


medical education:

  • The participants know the specific physiology of the connective tissue of the disc and facet joints
  • The participants know the anatomy and biomechanics of the spine and the clinical relevance for the diagnosis and recovery.

physical therapist education:

  • The participants know the different pathologies / injuries to the spine and can be divided into hernia, instability, a pinched nerve, cervical pathologies, ISG.
  • The participants know the different physiotherapy tests could run this practical and interpret.
  • Participants will a policy of active rehabilitation for patients and clients can draw with low back pain.
  • The participants are familiar with all relevant exercises of the spine and can implement these practical


Using peer feedback and feedback from the instructor during practice, repeating the learning objectives by developing a case. During the course will be repeated regularly repeating the learning objectives through self-reflection.


  • Anatomy and biomechanics of the lumbar spine
    Specific tissue physiology and functions of the disc, facet joints and nerves
    Pathologies of the spine; herniated disk instabilities, nerve compression, ISG problems
    The physiotherapeutic examination of the spine
    Training Learn mobility, coordination and strength
    Methodology of active rehabilitation of the spine
    Compiling rehabilitation programs
    case study


The course consists of 3.5 hours per day theory in the form of frontal and interactive teaching, followed by 3.5 hours of practical applications in small groups.
The theory prepares the basis for practical implementation.
In practice, practiced various skills and methods and deepened. During practice, the participants are given different tasks to deepen their understanding.


The course lasts three days. It is expected that the participant four hours self doing in preparation.
Total learning time: 21 contact hours and 4 hours of self-study


24 participants with a teacher


Harald Bant, Holland physiotherapist, sports physiotherapist, Physical Rehabilitation Trainer, director and teacher (ESP) Education Network Sports, owner physiotherapy practice, medical fitness and rehabilitation in Gennep, director of Nexus Post University training for the physical therapist, co-editor of the magazine Sportfysiotherapie Thieme Verlag.

Ophey Martin (born 1975) has done his Bachelor of Physiotherapy and Master in Nijmegen (NL). Since 2003 he has worked for the ESP Education Network with, among other topics Evidence Based Practice, shoulder and spine rehabilitation. As a therapist, he works in Nijmegen in private practice and is recovering well ADL patients as well as many amateur and professional athletes. He is co-editor of the Thieme reference “Sportfysiotherapie” which was published in 2011. He is also co-editor of Thieme magazine “Sport Physio.”


Physiotherapist / physician / doctor / physical education teacher / sport and exercise scientists
The course builds on the curriculum of schools for physical therapy. It is expected therefore that the knowledge and skills to be managed on the basis of anatomy, physiology of the spine. It also sports science base skills are being adopted in the field of mobility, coordination and strength.


Please sportswear for indoors and outdoors to carry.


Harald Bant
Martin Ophey