Prof. Dr. Harry von Piekartz

Harry DSC1103 2TEACHER - Harry J.M. von Piekartz finished his studies in Physiotherapy at the University of Enschede (Hogeschool van de Twentse Academie voor Fysiotherapie (TAF)) in 1985. In 1988 he absolved his certificate in Manual Therapy (Maitland-Concept) in Switzerland and in 1993 he received his IFOMPT-Diploma in the Netherlands (Nederlandse Manuele Therapie Vereniging) (NVMT). He finished his teacher training in Manual Therapy at IMTA® (International Maitland Teacher Association) in 1994 and became teacher in the Neuro orthopedic institute (NOI®) in 1995.

In between 1996 and 2000 he was involved in some multidisciplinary projects about craniofacial pain patients and wrote the book "Kraniofaziale Dysfunktionen und Schmerzen - Untersuchung, Beurteilung, Management" (in German language: Thieme Verlag). The book was also distributed in English “Craniofacial Dysfunction and Pain: Manual Therapy, Assessment and Management” (Butterworth- Heinemann, 2001) and in Spanish language (McGraw- Hill, 2003). He graduated from the University in Leuven (Belgium) with a Master of Science in Physiotherapy in 2000. His master thesis was about “Neurodynamic testing of the mandibular nerve; reliability and normal data”. In 2003 he achieved the senior teacher level in the IMTA®.

In 2004 he became a fellowship in ICCMO® (International College of Craniomandibular Orthopedics, Section Germany) and president of the Craniofacial Therapy Academy (CRAFTA®). He received his PhD in Rehabilitation Science at Staffordshire University (UK) in 2005 and published his second book “Kiefer-, Gesichts- und Zervikalregion. Neuromuskuloskeletale Untersuchung, Therapie, Management" (German language, Thieme Verlag). The English version appeared in 2007 “Craniofacial Pain. Assessment and Management of the neuromusculoskeletal System” - Elsevier.

Since 2008 he is Professor for Physiotherapy at the University of Applied Science in Osnabruck (http://www.fh-osnabrueck.de/) and leads several research projects in physiotherapy. He is teacher for Evidenced Based Practice, Clinical Reasoning, Treatment strategies and rehabilitation science. During this time he published numerous publications in his field of interest

  • Management of craniocervical-, temporomandibular- and craniofacial problems
  • Treatment of children with neuromusculoskeletal dysfunctions
  • Early onset of manual therapy in children with craniocervical and craniofacial dysfunctions and pain
  • The function of the (cranial) nervous system and its contributing role in physiotherapy
  • Rehabilitation program and pain management during long term pain in the neuromusculoskeletal system

Furthermore, he is working in his private practice in the Netherlands in Ootmarsum (Practice for manual therapy and applied neurobiomechanic science)

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