Certificate in
High Velocity Low Amplitude Spinal Thrust Manipulation (Cert. SM)

Upon successful completion of SM series (SM-1 and SM-2), candidates are awarded the Certification in Spinal Manipulative Therapy (Cert. SM) credential. The SM-1 course can be done as a standalone event with the release of a participation certificate.

This certification recognizes those practitioners that have demonstrated: 

  1. Safe and competent performance in the delivery of HVLA thrust manipulation procedures in all spinal, pelvic and thorax regions. 
  2. An in depth understanding of the rationale for and against the use of HVLA thrust manipulation. 
  3. An understanding of the empirical evidence surrounding the use of HVLA thrust manipulation in a variety of neuromusculoskeletal conditions.

[SM-1] Science & Basics

Spinal HVLAT manipulation is still recommended within a multimodal approach as a first-line management for the most common musculoskeletal disorders of the spine. Therefore, spinal HVLAT manipulation must be integrated within the skill set of the modern physiotherapist. This basic course is designed with a perfect mix of didactic lectures and hands-on practical training. The most updated evidence will be presented to debunk the myths around this therapeutic tool allowing a safe and effective delivery. The exclusive and innovative techniques will be easily learn thanks to the extensive practical hands-on training. At the end of the course, the participant will learn to deliver one technique for each spinal level of the spine, from C0-C1 to the sacroiliac joint. 

Regularprice:550€ LUNEXalumni:450€ ALKmembers:450€ Placementpartners:450€ LUNEXstudents:350€

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During this 16-hour course (30% theory, 70% hands-on practical), ongoing up-to-date evidence will be presented that underpins a modern, effective, and safe delivery of high velocity low amplitude spinal thrust manipulation for spinal disorders. Participants will learn the contraindication and to deliver one technique for each region of the spine:

  • C0-1 (occipito-atlantal joint)
  • C1-2 (atlanto-axial joint)
  • C2-7 (mid|lower cervical spine)
  • C7-T3 (cervicothoracic junction)
  • T1-3 (upper thoracic spine)
  • T4-9 (mid-thoracic spine)
  • R4-9 (ribs)
  • T10-L1 (thoracolumbar junction)
  • L2-S1 (lumbar spine & lumbosacral junction)
  • L2-S1 (lumbar spine & lumbosacral junction)
  • SIJ (sacroiliac) joint

Registrants must be licensed physiotherapists or medical doctors in their respective state or country. Physiotherapy students are also allowed to participate. However, they must be at least at their third year of the bachelor degree.

[SM-2] Advanced

The SM-2 course is an in-depth analysis of the HVLA spinal thrust manipulations in the modern clinical practice of the physiotherapist. An extensive and comprehensive discussion of the main indications and mechanisms behind this intervention will provide to participants the skills for a safe, informed, and effective delivery for the management of spinal disorders. 

Regularprice:550€ LUNEXalumni:450€ ALKmembers:450€ Placementpartners:450€ LUNEXstudents:350€

Useful information

During this 16-hour course (30% theory, 70% hands-on practical), extensive hands-on practical training will be dedicated to perfecting the skills learned during the previous course and to learn new advanced techniques. The understanding of the mechanims, effects and evidence-based indication for spinal high velocity low amplitude thrust manipulation will provide the participants additional proficiency to master these techniques in clinical practice.

Meet the instructor
Dr. Firas Mourad

Our educational level is in line with the highest international education standards. Dr. Firas Mourad is a Senior Lecturer at LUNEX University, has earned a PhD on the topic, and is experienced having taught spinal manipulation around the world.

LUNEX – International University of Health, Exercise and Sports S.A.

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Application for a Bachelor’s programme:
1. Fill out our Online Application Form.
2. Take part in one of our Application Days. We will invite you to attend in person.
3. After successful participation in the Application Day we will email you with your study agreement. Please print it out, sign it and then send it to LUNEX University by post, along with the evidence documents specified in the email.

Application for a Master’s programme:
1. Fill out our Online Application Form.
2. If you have met all the prerequisites for the Master’s programme, we will email you with your study agreement. Please read it carefully, print it out and sign it.
3. In order to complete your application, please send the signed study agreement along with all other required evidence documents by post to LUNEX University.

As an applicant for one of our Bachelor’s programmes, you will be invited to attend an Application Day online. A selection procedure will take place on this day to check whether you meet the necessary prerequisites for the course.

More about the Application Day

The language of instruction in all courses at LUNEX University is English. You should therefore be able to speak and understand English well. You have the opportunity to participate in the Foundation Programme and improve your English if your language skills do not meet the entrnce requirements for study at Bachelor level.

We will inform you in the course of the application process which supporting documents have to be provided and when. In principle, we need the following documents for your application:

  • Copy of your personal ID
  • Copy of the highest educational and/or vocational qualification
  • Language certificate (if applicable)

Depending on the degree programme (Bachelor/Master) and your country of origin (EU/non-EU), further documents may be required. More details will be provided to you in good time.

To secure a study place, we recommend that you send us your documents as soon as possible – but at the latest two weeks before the start of your studies. If you are an applicant from outside the EU, you should note that the application process for a visa can take four to 60 days. Please make sure you give yourself plenty of time.