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Education day 2018

"Excellent course, it has clarified a lot of neurological questions"

Annina's course provides a mechanism-oriented approach that will enable you to understand and incorporate the latest pain physiology related to entrapment neuropathies into your diagnostic and treatment reasoning framework.

Course aims

  • To enable the participants to understand the basic principles of pain physiology associated with entrapment neuropathies and to incorporate this knowledge into their reasoning framework
  • To learn about the opportunities and challenges of a mechanism based diagnostic approach for patients with entrapment neuropathies
  • To be familiar with recent evidence on the mechanisms of action of common interventions for entrapment neuropathies


Through an improved understanding of the basic principles of pain physiology, this course focusses on the opportunities and challenges of a mechanism based diagnostic approach. The improved assessment skills and clinical reasoning framework will translate into a more effective management of patients with entrapment neuropathies. Understanding of the pain mechanisms at play will also improve prognostic decisions and will enable physiotherapists to make adequate decisions in regards to referrals for medical opinions.


Post Doctoral Research Fellow

Annina Schmid

Dr Annina Schmid is a Physiotherapist and a researcher at the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences at Oxford University in the UK.

She obtained her Physiotherapy undergraduate training in Switzerland in 2001, worked full time as a musculoskeletal physiotherapist for several years and completed a Master of Manipulative Therapy at Curtin University of Technology in Perth in 2005. That is where her interest in pain physiology and entrapment neuropathies sparked.

In 2008, she returned to Australia to focus on research by doing a PhD in Neuroscience at The University of Queensland. Her project entitled "Implications of mild nerve compression beyond the lesion site-Mechanisms and Interventions" consisted of a unique combination of human studies and experiments using an animal model of mild nerve compression.

Since the completion of her PhD in 2011, Dr Schmid is continuing her research into the pathomechanisms of entrapment neuropathies as a postdoctoral fellow with the aim to ultimately improve management of these patients. She has published widely and has won several competitive fellowships including the prestigious Neil Hamilton Fairley Fellowship to pursue her career at Oxford University under the supervision of Dr David Bennett and Prof Irene Tracey.

In addition to her research activity, Dr Schmid maintains a small weekly caseload of patients, teaches postgraduate courses internationally and holds a guest lecturing position with Zurich University of Applied Sciences in Switzerland. Further information on Dr Schmid can be found at

You can also find out more about Annina here

Annina will be attending our annual conference on Saturday 28 April, therefore be sure to book your place to see her informative lecture also.

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This course is a must for those in private practice who treat patients with nerve entrapment and who have an enquiring mind. If questions such as

  • What happens to a nerve at a microscopic and macroscopic level following insult, pressure or injury?
  • What happens at a molecular and biochemical level?
  • What responses to insult occur in the central nervous system?
  • Which tests can I employ in the practice to differentiate between small fibre and large fibre damage or injury?
  • What response does my manual therapy, exercise prescription and management have on these problems? 

If this is of interest to you, then this is a course for you. Dr Schmid is one of those rare individuals in our profession who has been able to move effortlessley from the clinical world into the world of academia and research. This is an impressive feat in itself but she has the additional gift of being able to convey the results of her work to a clinical audience. Having trained as a Physiotherapist in Switzerland she undertook further postgraduate study in Australia completeing a Masters in manipulative therapy followed by a PhD in Neuroscience at the University of Queensland and is hence well qualified to present this material.

After attending Annina's course you will never again think that the neuro exam is something you do just to tick the boxes. She is very good at showing how important the neuro exam is and what it REALLY means and, how this affects your clinical reasoning and therefore treatment. She manages to blend her research findings and clinical knowledge seamlessly - you are in for a treat! 

Price/additional course information

Member: £165

Non-member: £195

Book online for an additional £10 discount on the above rates


  • Registration: 08.30-09.00
  • Course commence: 09.00
  • Break: 10.30
  • Lunch (included in your booking):12.30
  • Course close: 16.30-17.00
  • Exhibition launch:16.30

Your ticket includes

  • Course entry
  • Certificate
  • Manual
  • Refreshments, unlimited snacks and healthy buffet lunch
  • Exclusive first entry to the exhibition hall at 16.30hrs


The EMCC has ample parking available onsite however if parking outside of the main car park, a permit will be required to ensure a parking ticket isn't received. These can be obtained from the Conference Centre check-in desk or at The Orchard Hotel reception free of charge. The University has a number of various car parks across the site which can be used for parking.

Event Timetable

Time Topic
08:45 - 09:15 Arrival and registration (Annina Schmid)
09:15 - 09:30 Introduction
09:30 - 10:45 Mechanisms of neuropathic pain and entrapment neuropathies
10:45 - 11:00 Break
11:00 - 12:30 Mechanisms of neuropathic pain and entrapment neuropathies
12:30 - 13:15 Lunch
13:15 - 15:00 Assessment: concept of gain and loss of function
15:00 - 15:15 Break
15:15 - 16:30 Management: mechanism of action of commonly used interventions for entrapment neuropathies
16:30 - 16:31 Course Close

Venue Information

East Midlands Conference Centre

EMCC, University Park, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG7 2RJ

The success of the Physio First Education Programme relies on minimum delegate numbers. If the minimum requirement is not achieved it is likely the course will be cancelled. So if you see a course you like, please book it straight away!