Our courses have been designed to establish confidence and competence in the delivery of physical management of people with Axial Spondyloarthritis.
These courses, designed for physiotherapist with little to moderate Rheumatology experience provide exceptional value, fun in an interactive environment, whilst addressing your academic needs. Improving knowledge and skills needed in the clincal and NASS group settings.

Networks formed with peers following these courses can help and support you in your day to day practice and maintain your experience.

      Ankylosing Spondylitis, Physiotherapy Assessment & Management Workshop 

Course Tutors: Melanie Martin MSc MCSP (Advanced Physiotherapy Practitioner in Rheumatology)

   Heather Harrison MCSP (Senior Rheumatology Physiotherapist)

Saturday 8th September – Sunday 9th September 2018

 at University College London Hospital NW1 2BU

This workshop has a high content of practical work in the physiotherapy gym and hydrotherapy pool. Topics covered also include: Pathology, Aetiology, Psychosocial Issues, Outcome Measures with application of the Bath Indices, and biologic therapy use in AS.

This workshop is open to physiotherapists, technicians, gym instructors & physiotherapy students working in rheumatology, with local NASS groups or those who have an interest in AS.

Price: £230

Apply by post, apply online or contact Catherine Hagarty  for more information (email:

Images of some of the formal and interactive hydrotherapy sessions and group discussions. Other sessions included formal teaching sessions, interactive and formal sessions in the gymnasium, practical sessions involving measurement of patients and interactive sessions involving patients and their stories


One day course and NASS inaugural patient day in Northern Ireland,
Friday 16th October, and Saturday 17th October 2015:

Patient day sessions; Tai Chi led by Sue Gurden and Pilates led by Carolyn Clark

 The one day AStretch course in Northern Ireland received positive reviews. Enthusiastic delegates took part in interactive gym exercise sessions facilitated by Sue Gurden and Hydrotherapy sessions led by Claire Jeffries

The course can vary in length according to your specific needs, the most popular format is a two day course. The course content can be modified according to your chosen venue. Ideally facilities should include teaching/lecture rooms, access to practical/gym areas and hydrotherapy pool for some of the allocated time.

If you would like to run an AStretch Course in your area contact us for further information and to request an organisation pack.

About us

AStretch is a not for profit organisation; our main aim is to provide a co-ordinated approach to the planning and delivery of education and best practice. Also to support physiotherapists working with people who have Axial Spondyloarthritis (AxSpA) and Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS).


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