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.

Why is this conference virtual? What happened to Arizona?

Six years ago, when we began the development of the International Consortium on Manual Therapies (ICMT) and the ICMT Inaugural Conference, no one would have dreamed that we would be heading into the third year of an unpredictable pandemic four months prior to our conference. The ICMT executive committee has deliberated on the current unprecedented spike in the number of COVID cases globally, the recent scientific evidence about the virus, and our responsibility as healthcare providers to help keep the global community safe.

We have reluctantly decided to transition the ICMT Inaugural Conference from a hybrid conference to a virtual-only conference based on these deliberations.

Committed to delivering a groundbreaking conference to members of the manual therapy community, we have identified a new “virtual venue” for the ICMT Inaugural Conference. We are enthusiastic that under these circumstances, we will be able to better engage the manual therapy community in May 2022 and achieve the conference’s goals using this format.

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 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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