Higher Diploma in Neuromuscular Therapy
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Years in Education
Advanced world class education and expertise in myofascial pain and injury
In Memory of Leon Chaitow
NTC’s Higher Diploma in Neuromuscular Therapy was originally written in 2003 by John Sharkey, MSc and Leon Chaitow, DO.
The programme has undergone several reviews in the intervening years, always focusing on cutting edge research in the bodywork arena.
The National Training Centre will continue to honour Leon Chaitow’s legacy by passing on the spirit and essence of his work on the Higher Diploma in Neuromuscular Therapy.
Funding for Fitness Professionals
Fitness Instructors who are members of REPS Ireland are eligible for 10% funding from Leisure Health Fitness Skillnet. For more information contact Leisure Health Fitness Skillnet.
Schedule and Location
The Higher Diploma in Neuromuscular Therapy is delivered as a part time blended learning course with a combination of live lectures delivered online and practical workshops requiring onsite attendance at weekends.
This course only runs once every two and a half years.
What our graduates say
The reviews and testimonials shown here are unsolicited and from NTC graduates.
I’ve frequently found myself enamored by the anatomy of the human body, and have always held a desire to enter into a field of manual therapies. The NMT course has brought me to the beginning of a journey that embodies both. Beyond the comprehensive materials delivered within the course, I’ve also found that it has brought me to a community that shares in a wide breath of resources and abilities to assist in the betterment and wellness practices of life.
I am so grateful for my experience with the National Training Centre; to all the staff and tutors who always made themselves readily available, for all their guidance, their rich knowledge and aptitude to help develop myself and the other students into qualified NMTs.
With deep gratitude for Larry, Chris, John, Michelle and Kevin; you have all impacted my world in such a meaningful way.
Great course, Great Tutors, Every weekend took my skills and understanding to a whole new level, my clients and the athletes I work with have all felt the benefits, Highly recommended
Thank you to John Sharkey and all the NTC tutors. The Advanced European Neuromuscular Therapy course has been an eye-opener for me because of my background in Personal Training and Sports Massage. I have learnt unique ways of treating pain and have been applying these techniques to my existing clients.
In particular, a long-term client of mine with knee chronic pain, after few hours of treatment her knee pain has reduced by 80 percent.
Once again thank you to all NTC tutors this would not have been possible without you. It is a shame the course has come to an end but I also can’t wait to treat people with chronic pain and do a diploma in Neuromuscular Therapy. I will definitely recommend this course to a friend or a family member.
Thanks once again for an inspiring and enlightening weekend (although my wife’s upper trapezius muscles may disagree!). Learnt loads and I am very excited about the future of my practice.
Although already incredibly busy I find treating people with pain much more interesting and fulfilling than a runner with a tweaked calf. The education you have given me is truly going to develop me as a practitioner in such a dramatic way.
Thanks, John. Sad the course is coming to an end but will thoroughly recommend to others and will look to do the Masters in the future.
My experience at NTC was an enjoyable and positive one. This is where I realised my interest in Anatomy, Physiology and caring for people and is the main reason I’ve decided to go back to studying Nursing.
I met some fantastic people during my time at NTC and what I learned has played a huge part in me getting a place on Nursing studies.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the staff and tutors for guiding me to where I am now.
I really enjoyed the course and the highly engaged and motivated tutors. I found the course very interesting and was fascinated by the individual components of NMT.
I would like to thank everybody involved for their highly valuable input, knowledge and support while studying.
Can I pass on my sincerest gratitude to all the staff at NTC ? Once again you all have delivered another professional and enjoyable course that ensures a qualification that is recognised and accepted with high regard within the industry.
The good news is that I passed my Neuromuscular Therapy exams. I would like to pass on my sincere thanks to all the team in NTC for helping me in step one of a plan. You are a great team with wonderful tutors.
I have just sat my NMT exams and if it wasn’t for Larry, one of my tutors who helped me out, I would have let my nerves get the best of me. I also wish to thank the rest of the tutors and staff for all their help over the past 18 months.
I have been in the Sports Massage and the treatment of occupational and sporting injuries profession for 26 years and have attended many courses to gain the necessary qualifications to give my very best to those in my care. I had read a book written by John Sharkey which was well written, extremely informative and an excellent reference source.
I subsequently had the pleasure of meeting John and went on to register for a Neuromuscular Therapy programme. It is an excellent course with lectures of the highest standard delivering essential information and first-rate techniques. Applying them in clinical practice I have seen very positive outcomes in patients of all ages. I highly recommend NTC for all therapists at any stage in their career. You will not be disappointed.
In April 2012 I completed the Certificate level Neuromuscular Therapy course. Since I completed the course I have had massive success and progression. I had several private clients that I attained from advertising in the gym that I was working in, and also worked on a referral basis with physiotherapist David Gardiner owner of Physiotherapyworks in Naas Co.Kildare.
In August 2012 I moved to Perth, Australia where I have enjoyed even more success. I spent 8 months working at Subiaco Sports Massage and while working in this clinic I had the privilege of treating several Olympic athletes including Sir Chris Hoy of the GB cycling team and also Western Force rugby team of the super 15s competition.
I really enjoyed my time at the NTC – we really had a great group and we all keep in touch.
Our Higher Diploma in NMT team
Yes. The course is exclusively available to qualified bodywork therapists including:
- Occupational Therapists
- Certificate Level Neuromuscular Therapists
- Orthopaedic Sports Massage Therapists
All applications will be considered on an individual basis.
Students of the Higher Diploma course are recognised as advanced practitioners with a wide knowledge of advanced clinical applications for a variety of soft tissue assessment and manipulation techniques.
These are incorporated into a focus on myofascial pain, advanced myofascial trigger point syndromes and general musculoskeletal problems.
Successful completion opens a wide range of additional opportunities.
Graduates will be the first point of call for referral from certificate level therapists and general medical practitioners, whose patients will report back on the success of their therapeutic interventions.
Until recently many of those suffering a wide variety of painful conditions had no where to turn for realistic and practical non surgical intervention. As an advanced Neuromuscular Therapist you will have the unique skills of cranial manipulation, intra-oral tissue release, and advanced hands on skills for the effective resolution of these painful conditions.
Neuromuscular Therapists (NMTs) are experts in the area of Myofascial Trigger Point treatment and combine neuromuscular reactive training for appropriate rehabilitation of injured tissues and the treatment of myofascial trigger points.
Graduates of the Higher Diploma course often work within multi-disciplinary injury clinics where therapists such as chiropractors, osteopaths, physiotherapists, neuromuscular therapists etc. offer a variety of pain and injury solutions.
This multi-disciplinary model normally consists of a great deal of cross referral between therapists depending on their individual areas of expertise.
Graduates can communicate on an advanced level and establish a G.P. referral scheme in conjunction with a local medical practitioner.
Graduates who hold an existing medical qualification may be able to combine advanced neuromuscular therapy™ with their existing skill set within the hospital environment.
Most advanced neuromuscular therapists operate in a self employed capacity either as sole traders, as part of a multi-disciplinary clinical team, or with a variety of sporting teams with many people increasingly looking beyond traditional medical disciplines for solutions to their health and injury problems.
As neuromuscular therapy™ is science based, its appeal is broad.
The recommended fee for each 45 minute advanced treatment session is €80.00.
The number of sessions you decide to complete each week will be determined by your own commitment and the results you achieve.
The National Training Centre’s code of ethics insists that all NTC graduates who are actively working with the public, hold a professional indemnity insurance policy which covers the therapist against legal action taken by a client as a result of an injury which was received when receiving treatment. Therapists who are working on private premises may also need to hold public liability insurance if such cover is not held by the owners of the premises.
The National Training Centre have a customised insurance scheme with discounted rates available exclusively to those who have qualified with NTC. The policy is one of the broadest available including many important features that other policies may not offer.
The policy has been arranged through Balens Ltd and the insurer for the scheme is the Zurich and DAS Legal Expenses.
Balens are a very well established, fourth generation family-run business dedicated to looking after health professionals. They are built on solid roots going back to 1950 and are pioneers in the development of top quality cover for all types of health professionals with special rates and industry leading cover that has been developing and improving over 22 years in this speciality.
The scheme will cover thousands of other therapies/activities you may require cover for and many at no extra premium subject to suitable qualification held.
Some of the features covered in the policy consist of Medical Malpractice, Professional Indemnity, Public Liability, Product Liability, Loss of Reputation, Breach of Intellectual Property, Client Confidentiality Protection, Loss of Documents cover, First Aid cover as well as Good Samaritan Acts.
The indemnity limit is €4,000,000 per claim for the Republic of Ireland.
Unlike some other policies on the market, an unlimited number of claims may be made for any year and unlimited legal defence costs are also included.
Also included, at no extra charge, is retroactive cover to pick up any previous insured work.
Temporary cover abroad (excluding USA/Canada which is available on request) is available with no time restrictions and at no additional premium as long as you are a UK/Ireland resident.
If you cease to practice Balens include unlimited run off cover which means the policy will always be in place if a claim was made after you stop the policy running and this is also free of charge.
Yes. The National Qualification in Exercise Health Studies and Personal Training is fully accredited by the REPs Ireland, Ireland’s professional fitness register, at EQF Level 4 which is the highest European standard for fitness instructors.
REPs Ireland operates independently of all Education Providers and facilities and works to maintain professional standards in the industry.
All approved REPs Ireland Education Providers are independently audited every 2 years and adhere to agreed terms and standards.
Yes. The National Qualification in Exercise Health Studies and Personal Training is fully accredited by REPs Ireland which allows for international recognition. We have graduates working in many countries worldwide.
The Higher Diploma in Neuromuscular Therapy™ course is available at the National Training Centre in Dublin.
Assessment is carried out through both written and practical examination at the end of the course plus continual assessment throughout the programme via a Learner Workbook which contains specified tasks which must be submitted at various dates throughout the course.
The educational investment for obtaining the Higher Diploma in Neuromuscular Therapy course is €7, 880.00.
Fees can be paid by means of a deposit of €800.00 with the balance via twenty four monthly instalments of €295.00 each.
A total discount of €930.00 is available when you pay full fees of €6, 950.00 (either a single payment or deposit plus balance) on or before the course start date.
Places are available on a first come first served basis.
Students of the National Training Centre regularly receive part funding through the Department of Social Protection’s Technical Employment Support Grant (TESG) scheme.
Individual students will need to contact their Local Employment Services (LES) facilitator to establish their eligibility.
For assistance please contact the NTC office of administration on 01 882 7777.
Additionally qualified fitness professionals can receive 25% funding from the Leisure Health Fitness Skillnet. For more information contact Leisure Health Fitness Skillnet.
Yes – Fees can be paid by means of a deposit of €800.00 and the balance via twenty four monthly installments of €295.00
The facility to pay by installment is not a ‘Pay As You Go’ facility. The installment facility is intended to allow students to spread the payment of course fees over a specified time period. At the time of enrollment the student accepts that all of the course fees must be paid whether they complete the course or not.