Focus on our teacher : Cesare COCUZZA

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Focus sur Cesare COCUZZA, formateur au CEERRF

Cesare COCUZZA is a physiotherapist graduated from the University of Pisa., passionate about anatomy, manual therapy and sport, he has perfected himself in the field of orthopedic medicine and rheumatology.

His thinking is based on knowledge of anatomy and physiology in order to identify and treat the origin of the patient’s pain, whether articular, nervous or muscular. (“Manu sapiens potent est. Luigi Stecco”)

Laureate in biology in 2002, he worked for 6 years at the CNRS in Pisa as a biologist in the endocrinology department. He was also responsible for the physiotherapists of the University Sports Center for the athletics and volleyball section.

In 2009 came to France where for several years he worked as a physiotherapist in the chronic pain unit and in the orthopedic department of a Parisian hospital where he was able to develop his skills in therapeutic education, functional assessment of movement and management of muscle pain.

Since 2021 he has been part of the medical staff of the France A women’s national handball team and with this team, he won the silver medal at the World Championship in 2021 and in 2022 the fourth place at the European Championship.

Myofascial system

He has been working at CEERRF since 2013 where he presents to students the treatment of myofascial pain. The proper functioning of each structure of the human body is guaranteed by the correct balance between the different segments. In the musculoskeletal apparatus this balance is controlled by the myofascial system: the muscle and its envelope the fascia.

Well-tuned myofascial system allows for a posture capable of moving without pain and without loss of stability.

When a myofascial unit presents a densification (a node) its function is impaired and diffuse pain, tingling, burns can appear by limiting the correct movement of a joint. Being able to identify these nodes (trigger points) that are not highlighted by imaging (MRI, CT, ultrasound) but only by a precise palpation that aims to reproduce the symptoms known by the patient, becomes very important.

Focus sur Cesare COCUZZA, formateur au CEERRF
Cesare COCUZZA et Audrey DEMBELE durant le championnat d'Europe de Handball 2022
Focus sur Cesare COCUZZA, formateur au CEERRF
Cesare COCUZZA et Audrey DEMBELE durant le championnat d'Europe de Handball 2022

The benefits of Manual Therapy

Introducing students to manual therapy is important.

The management of the patient is guided by the understanding of the problem that affects him whether articular, nervous, or muscular and thus be able to :

  • Restore the correct mobility of a segment
  • Recreating postural balance
  • Remove tension that causes stiffness of movement
  • Reduce pain

For whom ?

This approach is intended for any type of patient who present persistent pain that has appeared because of trauma, fracture, surgery (without cause found in medical imaging) or of an unexplained origin.

Formulating an Hypothesis

A detailed interrogation will be necessary to reconstruct the history of the pain in order to be able to identify the cause and succession of possible postural compensations that developed in a specific direction of space.

The most important pain for which the patient comes to us will be the goal of our care but also the symptoms present in other segments of the body will be evaluated at the time of the consultation. Functional, rapid, sensitive and meaningful tests must be performed to build our hypothesis and prioritize treatment.

A precise palpation of the different body segments will be essential to reproduce the symptoms to treat them manually.

The patient’s goals and needs guide the therapist’s hand.

Books to recommend :

  • Functional Atlas of the Human Fascial System – Richard Amory (trnaslation) / Carla Stecco (author)
  • Handbook of Orthopaedic Medicine – James Cyriax
Focus sur Cesare COCUZZA, formateur au CEERRF
Focus sur Cesare COCUZZA, formateur au CEERRF
© FFHB - Cesare COCUZZA avec le staff de l'équipe de France féminine de handball

Cesare COCUZZA’s education

  • University Degree: Advanced Course in Manual Therapy, Faculty of Medicine and Surgery of the University of Pisa Studies, Italy
  • Fascial Manipulation® – Stecco Institute Padua, Italy
  • Dry Needling Trainer for the Institute of Manual Therapy and Physiotherapy
  • Certificate of competence in Dry Needling or Dry Puncture, College of Masso-Kinesitherapy
  • Management of persistent pain, Know Pain, M. Stewart
  • Therapeutic Education, Health Education
  • Neuromuscular Taping ANEID ITALIA Rome
  • Movement analysis neuromuscular retraining for lumbopelvic, thoracic and cervical motor control SMARTERehab
  • Mc Kenzie lumbar spine, cervical and thoracic spine, McKenzie Institute France
  • Orthopaedic Manual Therapy, International Academy of Orthopedic Medicine
  • Manual Spine Therapy: Manual Concept-Australia
  • Laureate in Physiotherapy Faculty of Medicine and Surgery of the University of Pisa Studies
  • Laureate in Biology Faculty of Mathematical Physics, Natural and Mathematical Science of the University of Pisa