Josephine Key

Josephine Key

Dip. Phys. PGD. Manip. Therapy

APA Titled Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist


Josephine Key is a neuro-musculo-skeletal physiotherapist, mentor, educator and author.  She established Edgecliff Physiotherapy in 1985 and has over 50 years of wide ranging clinical experience.  Josephine is evidenced informed, but fiercely practical.  Her passion for bodies, their optimal function and how dysfunction drives pain states, underpins her work.

Her treatment approach distils the complex academic evidence and enhances it with practical approaches inspired by multiple eastern and western manual and movement disciplines.  She has refined this knowledge and developed a simple classification system which can be used to guide both manual and exercise therapy treatment approaches for spinal pain – The Key Approach.  This is explained in her textbook: ‘Back pain: a movement problem. A clinical approach incorporating relevant research and practice’ (2010).

Josephine has a particular interest in the nature of movement – understanding what constitutes natural healthy control and the relationship between altered axial posturo-movement control and many pain disorders – in particular those relating to the spine.  In pursuit of better rehabilitation outcomes in people with spinal pain and related musculo-skeletal pain syndromes, she developed the unique Key Moves® Programme of therapeutic exercise and movement classes which were first offered in 2001.  Her latest textbook ‘Freedom to move: Movement therapy for spinal pain and injuries’ (2018) provides further insights into the Key Moves® approach to spinal exercise therapy.

Josephine graduated in physiotherapy in NSW and gained a Postgraduate Diploma in Manipulative Physiotherapy from Sydney University in 1983.

Learn more about the Key Approach Method and access Josephine’s academic papers and conference presentations at www.keyapproach.com.au.