MAPS Level A1 Course


  • Auto-passive (distoproximal)
  • Passive
  • Active
  • Distal/Proximal sliding
  • Lever-arm angle movements, of a somewhat compressive nature
  • Block angle movements, of a more transverse nature

Required material

  • Original MAPS board

This 20-hour course is split over two and a half days and introduces the theoretical aspects and concepts of the MAPS method for mechanical diagnosis of hand alterations and the practical application of the MAPS 2D board techniques for the treatment of hands with the most basic types of dysfunction.

The training course consists of a 4-hour theoretical introduction and three theoretical and practical workshops of 4 hours each. In some countries, the initial theoretical aspects of the course are taught remotely, while the practical part is done in person with a specially trained teacher.

Through this exploration, we will delve into the concepts of adhesion, arthrofibrosis and retractions and the approach techniques with proximal and distal tendon sliding as well as modelling techniques of the fibrous tissue. We will also cover nociceptive pain management over the course of the therapy.

The practical application of these methods in case studies will allow us to discuss the indications and contraindications of the method.

Course aims

By the end of the course, students will have a better knowledge of the pathomechanics of the hand and the basic approach using MAPS Therapy for purposes such as:

  1. locating the main mechanical alterations likely to cause functional difficulties;
  2. recognising the basic mechanical alterations in hand lesions;
  3. differentiating mechanical alterations from other types that can also contribute to the alteration;
  4. synthesising the clinical findings in an appropriate physiotherapy diagnosis;
  5. organising the treatment in a sequential, progressive and systematic manner;
  6. applying all of the techniques introduced in the course with the 2D board.