Maitland-Australian Physiotherapy Techniques

The Maitland-Australian approach is world-renowned, and the cornerstone of modern-day Evidence-Based Orthopedic Manual Therapy.

First developed by the famous Australian Physiotherapist, and co-founder of IFOMPT, Geoffrey Maitland, the Maitland-Australian approach was first introduced to the U.S. by MAPS founder Robert Sprague, PT, PhD, GDMT, FAAOMPT. This approach is based primarily on the assessment and treatment of the patient’s signs/symptoms, respecting the diagnosis, understanding the pathology and using biomechanical knowledge when applicable. Biomechanical theory plays only a small role. The examination and subsequent treatment is intended to gently provoke the patient’s actual symptoms and thus confirm the source and specific tissues potentially at fault. Carefully graded osteokinematic (physiological) and arthrokinematic (accessory) passive mobilization techniques are performed to reproduce the pain of a stiffness disorder (pathomechanical) to restore normal movement and mechanics, OR to reduce/eliminate the patient’s pain dominant disorder (pathophysiological) related to inflammation or other pathophysiological processes.

The Maitland-Australian approach is scientific, systematic, logical, usually very gentle and epitomizes TRUE Clinical Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM).

David Sackett coined the term, and defined Evidence Based Medicine (EBM) as the “Integration of Three Equally Weighted Components.” MAPS integrates the THREE equally weighted components of EBM into every course using:

The Best Available Research. Supporting research is updated continually to ensure course content validity. MAPS curriculum is supported by decades of clinical research and continues to be validated by ground-breaking new research in highly prestigious peer-reviewed journals.

Clinical Expertise MAPS courses refine course participant skills in patient assessment, clinical reasoning and clinical decision-making. Our Teaching Faculty have over 588 combined years of clinical experience. We emphasize lateral thinking to improve the therapist’s clinical skills through continuous self-assessment.
Patient Values. The patient’s needs are considered above all else, and the effects the disorder has upon the patient are the primary concerns in both evaluation and treatment.


Sackett continues, “Clinical expertise is vital in determining whether the evidence (or guideline) applies to my individual patient, at all, and if so how it applies.” (Ref: Sackett 2000 “Evidence Based Practice” CEBM).

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