50 Years Celebratory Congress

Join us in Helsinki Finland from 22nd to 24th of August 2019 to celebrate our 50 years of work towards promoting Orthopaedic Manual Therapy in Finland. Our Celebratory Congress brings together both international and Finnish professionals to speak about Orthopaedic Manual Therapy, each from their own point of view. Come and hear great speakers such as Jeremy Lewis, Shirley Sahrmann, Annina Schmid, Kasper Ussing and Carla Stecco share their knowledge. We are also joined by Finnish top tier lecturers Tiina Lahtinen-Suopanki, Mikko Lausmaa, Hannu Luomajoki, Jaro Karppinen and Ari Heinonen.

Expand your Congress experience by registering to pre- and post-courses, all scheduled around the Congress. Join Annina Schmid to gain deep understanding of potential pathomechanisms at play in patients with entrapment neuropathies or Jeremy Lewis to learn about the Shoulder, both in theory and practice. Shirley Sahrmann shares her knowledge of movement System Impairment Syndromes of the Lumbar Spine and why the hip is important, and Kasper Ussing lectures about CFT and managing disabling low back pain within a cognitive and functional framework.



Our Speakers

We are proud to introduce our team of both international and Finnish speakers, all highly regarded professionals in their own fields, that will be sharing their knowledge with our Congress attendees.

Pre- and post-courses

Do you want to expand your Congress experience? Register for our pre- and post-courses from our international speakers.


Download the program

Download our program and learn about our topics from fascia to movement control, from CFT to neuropathies - and beyond.


What is SOMTY?

Finnish Association of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy

Finnish Association of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy (Suomen Ortopedisen Manuaalisen terapian Yhdistys, SOMTY) has promoted and supported Orthopaedic Manual Therapy since 1969. The association aims to raise standards of education and practice in the field of Neuromusculoskeletal Physical Therapy, and to facilitate communication and information exchange within the field internationally and with other health professions and the general public. Finnish Association of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy also provides courses and education on Neuromusculoskeletal Physical Therapy, varying from one day courses to post-graduation specialisation program of 2,5 years.

Neuromusculoskeletal Physical Therapy is a specialised area of physiotherapy that focuses on evaluation of physical performance and management and prevention of neuromusculoskeletal conditions while encompassing the biopsychosocial framework of each individual patient. It’s based on clinical reasoning, using patient education and highly specific treatment approaches including manual techniques and therapeutic exercises.

To celebrate the 50 years of Finnish Orthopaedic Manual Therapy, we are proud to present the Celebratory Congress, held in Helsinki Finland from 22nd to 24th of August 2019. The celebratory congress presents several international and local speakers. The Congress in executed fully in English. We welcome our colleagues from all around the world to join our celebration!

Congress Program


Greeting from the City of Helsinki



Effectiveness of Physiotherapy: Past, Present and Future (Ari Heinonen)

Anatomical relationships between peripheral nerves and fascia (Carla Stecco)

Evidence of low back pain care today and where are we heading to (Jaro Karppinen)

Are we treating the back or the person – from techniques to whole person perspective (Mikko Lausmaa)

Cognitive Functional Therapy - a multidimensional approach for persistent low back pain (Kasper Ussing)



A Profession in Transition - From Symptomatic Treatment of An Acute Condition to Long-Term Care of a Chronic Condition (Shirley Sharmann)

Movement and motor control of the neck - tests, exercises and evidence (Hannu Luomajoki)

Rotator Cuff Related Shoulder Pain: The (very) strong case for physiotherapy management (Jeremy Lewis)

Touching a nerve: an update on entrapment neuropathies (Annina Schmid)

The role of fascia in movement control and interoception (Tiina Lahtinen-Suopanki)


Register for the Congress

650 € for basic ticket
515 € for students and members of IFOMPT organisations (including SOMTY)

The price includes lunches served at the venue.


The Evening Dinner on Friday is 90 € per person.

The Greeting Reception of Helsinki City on Thursday is free for Congress Attendees and there is room for fist 100 participants.

Please reserve your place beforehand if you want to attend.

All prices are VAT 0 %


The online registration has ended, for late registration please contact our office!


We are proud to present the following speakers

Jeremy Lewis

Shirley Sahrmann

Annina Schmid

Kasper Ussing

Carla Stecco

Tiina Lahtinen-Suopanki

Mikko Lausmaa

Hannu Luomajoki

Jaro Karppinen

Ari Heinonen

Contact us

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contac our office.

You can reach us by email from somty.sihteeri@omt.org, and by phone +358 3 273 1320



Event organised by


Finnish Association of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy is member of  The International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Physical Therapists




Changes May Occur.

Blue building images by Carl Attard, Pexel Images