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Manitoba Physiotherapy Association

MPA provides leadership for and direction to the physiotherapy profession; fosters excellence in practice, education and research; and positions the physiotherapy profession as integral to the health and wellness of Manitobans.

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Continuing Education

MPA offers several professional development courses to help meet your learning needs, which are discounted for members. Below is a list of the upcoming opportunities.

Level 1: The Physical Therapy Approach to Female and Male Urinary Incontinence

Course Description:

 Urinary incontinence is an important health issue that has traditionally not been well managed. One in four women and one in nine men are affected by urinary incontinence. Ongoing research into core dynamics recognizes the pelvic floor as an important component of core retraining, and yet, accurate assessment and treatment techniques of the pelvic floor are lacking in clinical practice. Hypertonicity vs. hypotonicity of these muscles needs to be addressed through palpatory assessment of the pelvic floor. The Cochrane Collaboration (2010) has demonstrated that internal pelvic floor muscle training has Level 1 evidence in treating urinary incontinence. Physiotherapists need to go beyond teaching externally driven Kegels in order to effectively rehabilitate the pelvic floor.

Fri, Sep. 27th, 2019 - 9:00 am to Sun, Sep. 29th, 2019 - 4:30 pm
Contact Name: 
Pelvic Health Solutions
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FAX: 888-653-4533

Strength and Conditioning in Rehabilitation

This course will provide an evidenced-based discussion and review of strength and conditioning principles as they pertain to rehabilitation, present frameworks for incorporating strength assessment and prescription into daily rehabilitation practice with a focus on the transition from “therapeutic exercise” to “exercise training”, and present examples of strength and conditioning programs resulting in long term training adaptations for healthy, recreationally active, and clinical populations. With a primarily practical component, therapists will learn appropriate rationale and techniques for integrating major movement patterns into their therapeutic exercise programs and appropriate coaching methods and cues for assessing and teaching squatting, deadlifting, and pressing patterns. Finally, select conditioning methods and techniques will be taught and integrated into the programming frameworks.

Course Prices: 

SPC Member Price: $380

Non-Member Price: $420


Dr. Scotty Butcher, BSc(PT), PhD, ACSM-RCEP, CF-L1


Dr. Scotty Butcher (AKA The Strength Jedi) is an Associate Professor in the School of Rehabilitation Science at the University of Saskatchewan and co-founder of Strength Rebels.  He holds a BSc PT and MSc Kin from the University of Saskatchewan and a PhD in Exercise Physiology and Experimental Medicine from the University of Alberta.  He is certified as a Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist (ACSM-RCEP), is a CrossFit Level 1 trainer (CF-L1), and is formerly certified as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA-CSCS); the latter of which he has formally relinquished.  Scotty teaches exercise physiology, prescription, and rehabilitation to physical therapy students and has published several peer reviewed articles and two book chapters related to exercise testing and prescription.  Currently training as a powerlifter, he has a passion for strength training and translates this to promoting quality exercise training and rehabilitation practices for clinicians and students. His focus in research, teaching, and clinical work is on the hybrid rehabilitation/strength training approach, and shares his views through blogging and vlogging. Connect with Scotty on Strength Rebels Youtube, or The Strength Jedi InstagramFacebook, and Blog.

Sat, Sep. 28th, 2019 - 8:00 am to Sun, Sep. 29th, 2019 - 4:30 pm

Preserving the Active Hip

This very practical one-and-a-half-day course takes a very modern look at the structure of the hip including the crucial roles gait mechanics and muscle coordination play in maintaining normal function. Additionally, this course examines many of the traumatic and degenerative causes of anterior hip pain, demonstrates recently developed clinical tests and highlights a progressive evidence-based conservative rehabilitation program over a 20 year period by David Lindsay and medical colleagues at the University of Calgary Sport Medicine Centre (Canada). Complimetary myofascial manual therapy techniques specific to the hip will also be shown.

Fri, Oct. 4th, 2019 - 4:00 pm to Sat, Oct. 5th, 2019 - 5:00 pm
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Clinical Success - An Ethical Approach to a Rewarding Career

In this educational and highly entertaining 1-day seminar simply titled “Clinical Success”, Geoff Cuskellyand Dave Lindsay will explore the true value patients seek when coming to physio. You will understand the power of simple things like attitude and communication – which will not only make your patients happier; it’ll make you a much better clinician than you thought possible.

There will be some really interesting research presented including comparing the effectiveness of your clinical skills versus the way you communicate and your attitude towards your work in achieving positive patient outcomes. The results might surprise you!

 Other important topics covered:

  •  Learning how to make long-lasting connections to your patients

    Simple ways to increase and manage your caseload without stepping outside your comfort zone

  •  Developing the skills of asking the RIGHT questions & truly listening to the answers
  • Knowing how & when to increase your fee’s without feeling as though you might offend someone


Sun, Oct. 6th, 2019 - 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
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Scoliosis and Pilates Workshop

This dynamic one-day seminar is a mix of theory and practical sessions on the use of Pilates in the management of Scoliosis. This course is open to all licensed physiotherapists and all certified Pilates instructors from a recognized school of Pilates.

 Over the course of the day you will review the history of Scoliosis, its incidence and development and how it is now one of the most prevalent issues facing Physiotherapists and Pilates teachers alike. The difference between congenital and idiopathic scoliosis will be discussed, along with the mix between C-curve and S-curve deformities of the spine and their differing challenges. Following this, you will be guided through the APPI’s step by step program of how to deliver a successful in clinic scoliosis session, small group classes as well as a specific home exercise program.

 The course is led by Dr. Misty Rose Austin PPDPT, MPhty, BKin, APPI America Presenter. You will receive a Pilates & Scoliosis Certification from the APPI.


You will also receive a free 12 month Global Membership with the APPI that includes exclusive access to the Members Area of the APPI website with training videos, research articles, special offers and the MAPPI after your name (Member of the APPI). The APPI can deliver other certification modules (Osteoporosis, Pelvic Floor, Shoulder & Neck etc) and can also custom make workshops and seminars to meet your clinics needs. Pilates Certification coming too.


Sat, Nov. 16th, 2019 - 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Contact Name: 
Pilates Manitoba
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Contact Phone Number: 
204-487-2287 or text 204-999-9984