Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q.)

What makes this conference different? / Why should I attend?

The ICMT is interactive; in most conferences, participants just watch and listen to lectures but at ICMT, participants actively engage in the entire program. You will be working with respected colleagues and peers from across the many manual therapy disciplines to collaboratively discuss the latest insights into manual therapies and to help shape future collaboration and research.

Who founded the International Consortium of Manual Therapies?

Brian Degenhardt, DO, Paul Standley, PhD, and Francesco Cerritelli, PhD, DO(Europe) founded the ICMT after collaborating at several osteopathic manipulative medicine conferences. They surmized that to truly advance the manual therapy field both scientifically and clinically, the 20th-century silos between professions needed to be removed and communication and collaboration needed to be established. To begin this process, they decided that fundamental yet critical issues needed to be overcome, such as variation in nomenclature systems within and across professions, and to build a platform to improve communication between clinicians and basic scientists. It is from this perspective that ICMT’s first conference program was developed.

What are the ICMT’s COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) requirements for attendees and staff?

We are following the guidance, information, and science as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the various policies of our venues. ICMT must comply with the standards from our venues as presented below but reserves the right to increase those requirements for the safety of all our participants. Participants who are unable or unwilling to comply with these guidelines are encouraged to participate in the program virtually.

The policies associated with this conference will remain updated with the latest policies recommended by the CDC and the policies of the facilities involved in the conference.

CDC Guidance on Travel
CDC guidance on Events & Gatherings
University of Arizona policies on events & gatherings
A.T. Still University COVID-19 updates and resources
Sheraton Phoenix (hotel) health and safety standards

What is the official language of the Consortium, Webinars, and Conference?


What are your cancellation or refund policies for attendees?

Through December 31, 2021
– Full tuition refund less the $50 administrative fee.
Jan. 1 – Mar. 31, 2022
– 50% tuition refund less the $50 administrative fee.
After Apr. 1, 2022
– No tuition refunds.

How is this new organization different from the fascia research society/ congress?

The quick answer is that there is not a lot of overlap between the Fascia Research Congress (FRC) and the ICMT. We are not competing with the FRC but complementing their work. The ICMT is addressing a problem that the FRC identified at their earlier meetings but have not been able to address since, as I have been told, their programming has gone in different directions.

What is unique about the ICMT is that our goal and purpose is sustained member engagement and building infrastructure for interprofessional communication and collaboration.

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