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Stacy Soappman, PT, DScPT, COMT, FAAOMPT

Stacy Soappman, PT, DScPT, COMT, FAAOMPT received her physical therapy degree from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, MI in 2001 and went on to receive her DScPT degree from Andrews University in 2011. Stacy completed her fellowship training through The North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy (NAIOMT) in 2011.

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Effective Hip Exercise for Trail Running Patients

Posted by Stacy Soappman, PT, DScPT, COMT, FAAOMPT on May 28, 2019 6:28:02 PM

In the manual therapy video below,  I discuss the functional use of the hip muscles, and demonstrate one of my favorite exercises that I use with patients who want to return to trail running after an injury. 

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Topics: lumbar spine, lumbopelvic spine, manual therapy videos, Manual Therapy Videos, Uncategorized, anterior sheer test

Adapting Thoracic Spine Manipulation for Broader Patients

Posted by Stacy Soappman, PT, DScPT, COMT, FAAOMPT on May 9, 2019 7:02:44 PM

NAIOMT'S Stacy Soappman knows what it is like to spend the day in the clinic treating patients who are larger than yourself. It can be hard, and often you feel like it will be difficult to make a difference in the patient's pain or function because of the size difference between patient and therapist. Watch the below video as she demonstrates one way she has adapted a thoracic manipulation for when the patient is broader than your arms are long.

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Topics: manual therapy courses, NAIOMT, Manual Therapy Videos, Uncategorized, thoracic spine manipulation

Garnering Speed for Lumbar Gapping of Larger Patients

Posted by Stacy Soappman, PT, DScPT, COMT, FAAOMPT on Apr 29, 2019 8:09:12 AM

It can be difficult to get enough speed to perform an effective lumbar gapping manip on larger patients. In the manual therapy video below taken during  a recent Manip Like a Girl: Work Smarter Not Harder course, NAIOMT's Stacy Soappman demonstrates ways to overcome that challenge .

 

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Topics: lumbar spine, lumbopelvic spine, manual therapy videos, Manual Therapy Videos, Uncategorized, anterior sheer test

Pain with Right Rotation? Here's One Way to Treat

Posted by Stacy Soappman, PT, DScPT, COMT, FAAOMPT on Mar 30, 2019 9:50:36 AM

Do you see patients who experience pain when turning their head to the right?  Wondering how to approach treatment?  In the manual therapy video below, NAIOMT’s Stacy Soappman demonstrates one way to restore movement without reproducing the pain.

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Topics: cervical spine course, cervical spine techniques, manual therapy, manual therapy certification

Seated Thoracic Manipulation

Posted by Stacy Soappman, PT, DScPT, COMT, FAAOMPT on Mar 2, 2019 10:57:04 AM

In the video below, NAIOMT faculty member, Stacy Soappman provides a nice refresher demonstrating a seated thoracic manipulation. 

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Topics: NAIOMT, thoracic manual therapy, Thoracic Spine, thoracic spine techniques

Patient Case: Addressing SI Joint Pain

Posted by Stacy Soappman, PT, DScPT, COMT, FAAOMPT on Feb 18, 2019 11:39:57 AM

Do you see patients with SI joint pain? In the video below, NAIOMT faculty member, Stacy Soappman, discusses her approach to testing and treating a 27-year-old male who came into the clinic with SI Joint pain.

 

The lumbar scan was done to rule out neurological involvement and serious pathology. As part of her lumbar exam she did a biomechanical exam including joint and muscular assessment. What she found was the patient had a lot of muscular imbalance between sides. 

 

Since he experienced stability problems of the SI joint, she choose stability work that involved stance activities, as the SIJ is designed to be more stable in a loaded position. For example, she had him stand on the wobble board and balance, do squats on the flat side of the BOSU, and single leg activities while moving the non WBing leg. To wean him off the SI belt she had him start by doing short duration activity without it and gradually increased the time each day he was out of the belt. 

 

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Topics: lumbopelvic spine, lumbopelvic spine courses, NAIOMT, treating lumbar spine

Patient Case: Violinist with Tingling and Numbness

Posted by Stacy Soappman, PT, DScPT, COMT, FAAOMPT on Jan 13, 2019 11:08:26 AM

How do you decide which tests to conduct and what kind of treatment plan to develop from patient to patient? This may sound obvious, but bears repeating: really knowing our anatomy plays a huge role in effective clinical reasoning.

In the video below, NAIOMT's Stacy Soappman discusses a violinist she saw last month who was experiencing numbness and tingling in his left fourth and fifth finger.  She addresses how taking a hard look at upper extremity anatomy helped her in assessing and treating the patient.  

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Topics: upper extremity, treating wrist injury

Seated Thoracic Manipulation on a Larger Patient

Posted by Stacy Soappman, PT, DScPT, COMT, FAAOMPT on Dec 31, 2018 1:55:33 PM

In the manual therapy video below, NAIOMT faculty member Stacy Soappman discusses and demonstrates a modified seated thoracic manipulation technique that can be really useful in the clinic when your arms can't comfortably reach around a larger patient. 

Not just for girls, our Manip Like A Girl: Work Smarter Not Harder course is for anyone who wants to learn how to effectively treat patients larger than themselves. If you want to learn how to handle patients larger than yourself and do it with more efficiency and effectiveness then this is the course for you. Reserve your spot in one of these upcoming sessions:

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Topics: NAIOMT, Clinical Reasoning, Manual Therapy Videos, Thoracic Spine, thoracic spine manipulation, manip like a girl

Technique for the CMC Joint

Posted by Stacy Soappman, PT, DScPT, COMT, FAAOMPT on Nov 24, 2018 4:20:26 PM
Does your patient experience pain when shaking hands? In the video below, I demonstrate a technique for the CMC joint that you may find helpful.
 
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Topics: manual therapy, manual therapy certification, upper extremity, treating wrist injury

Muscle Testing Three Ways

Posted by Stacy Soappman, PT, DScPT, COMT, FAAOMPT on Nov 16, 2018 8:06:32 AM

In the manual therapy video below, NAIOMT faculty member Stacy Soappman explains why it's useful to have three different muscle testing approaches for the lumbar spine. Essentially, each has a different intent:

Shortened Position

For neurological conductivity, fatiguing versus consistent weakness.

Mid-range Position

Looking at the power position, and giving it a manual muscle test grade to document in chart to use an objective measure to show how they've improved and gained strength over the course of physical therapy.

Lengthened Position

To pick up minor tissue damage, if looking for grade one strain.

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Topics: lumbar spine, Lumbopelvic Spine, lumbopelvic spine, manual therapy videos, Manual Therapy Videos, Uncategorized

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