One thing that sets NAIOMT apart in the world of post professional manual therapy education is our faculty. We are an eclectic, ever-evolving group of practicing clinicians dedicated to moving the profession forward. This week, the Journal of Manual & Manipulative Therapy released its July issue with a focus on dry needling. In it, NAIOMT faculty member, Gary Kearns, instructor of our Advanced Dry Needling course, presents New perspectives on dry needling following a medical model: are we screening our patients sufficiently?, along with colleagues César Fernández-De-Las-Peñas, Jean-Michel Brismée, Josué Gan & Jacqueline Doidge.
We would like to congratulate NAIOMT alumna Christina Cuka (‘14) PT, DPT, COMPT, SSPT, alumna (‘09) Amy W. McDevitt PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT, Distinguished Faculty Instructor Ann Porter Hoke PT, DPT, OCS, FCAMPT, FAAOMPT, and Research Director Steve Karas PT, DSc, CMPT, MA, ATC on the publication of their article, “Spinal manipulation after multiple fusions in an adult with scoliosis: a case report” in the Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy.
JMMT published the article online on January 13, 2019. The article will also appear in JMMT’s next print edition.
We are very proud of our alumni and faculty who continually carry forward NAIOMT’s high standards.
In the manual therapy video below, NAIOMT cofounder and meaningful mentor to many, Erl Pettman, demonstrates the ligamentous stress tests of the Craniovertebral region. Watching how easily he flows between the ligaments is mastery at its best! Our Cervical Spine I and II courses are great stops on the path to getting to this level.
We are so very pleased to announce that Christopher Fred Thurston, Jr, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS, COMT has completed the NAIOMT Fellowship Program as our organization's 128th fellowship graduate!
His fellowship project, also presented at the AAOMPT 2018 Conference, is “The Manubrial Test: A Novel Assessment for Regional Interdependence in Adolescent Overhead Athletes.” Here are a few reflections from Christopher on his goals and experience with the NAIOMT Fellowship Program. We congratulate him on all his hard work and this great career-enhancing accomplishment.
"When I started the program, my short-term goals were to obtain my COMT certification and benefit from the one-on-one mentoring. I have achieved both of these goals. I underestimated how much I would grow from going through the process of both. The COMT certification process pushed me to challenge myself outside of my comfort zone and really be able to effectively communicate my thought process.
I have a much more grounded treatment approach to patients. I have become very systematic in how I approach complex patients and my ability to articulate my findings. I am no longer intimidated by having the results of my assessment not fully match up with my initial hypothesis. To me, this means I am more fluid in my thought process and thorough in application of my foundational knowledge. I find myself utilizing proper referral options better, such as with physicians."
Because we like to spend more time during the live portion of a NAIOMT course, emphasizing hands-on, case based material, we utilize Primal Pictures in our online pre-course modules. Below is an example video, reviewing some pertinent anatomy of the cervical spine.
In the manual therapy video below, NAIOMT’s Stacy Soappman demonstrates the normal variance in the alar ligament testing
If you have any questions at all, please don't hesitate to connect with Stacy on Twitter, or address them in person at one of our upcoming Cervical Spine courses, which can be taken in any order convenient to you. Second and third year PT students enjoy a significant discount too!
During a Cervical Spine I class, one of our course participants who had surgery for a cervical myleopathy still presents with upper motor neuron signs (although diminished since the surgery). He allowed us to film them so fellow PTs can see what babinski, clonus, hoffmans sign and pronator rigidity present like.
Did you know you can earn your CMPT certification in just one year? Really. After a cohort of PTs thrived in and successfully completed NAIOMT’s accelerated program in San Diego in 2018, we have decided to offer this opportunity again this year.
Here’s what one participant had to say about last year’s program:
“I joined as a PT in my first couple years of practice, and the clinical reasoning skills I learned as well as the finessed treatment and assessment techniques have significantly improved my success and confidence.” -Julie Dunn
Our accelerated program is designed to help you get through NAIOMT classes quickly, conveniently, and at a significant discount, plus offers support and continuity from classmates and instructors throughout the year. Here are a few key highlights:
In the manual therapy video below, NAIOMT faculty member Kathy Stupansky demonstrates a manipulation for an extension restriction on the right at C56. Please note, this is a technique covered in our Advanced Spinal Manipulation course. Our Cervical Spine I and II courses are great stops on the path to getting to this level.