Cervical Spine Anatomy Review

Posted by NAIOMT on Mar 2, 2019 11:12:39 AM

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.

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Topics: cervical spine, Cervical Spine, manual therapy, terry pratt, Manual Therapy Videos, videos

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

Normal Variance in the Alar Ligament Testing

Posted by NAIOMT on Mar 2, 2019 10:39:15 AM

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!

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Topics: cervical spine, cervical spine courses, cervical spine techniques, cervical tests, cervical spine evaulation

Upper Motor Neuron Signs During Cervical Scanning Examination

Posted by NAIOMT on Feb 23, 2019 8:54:10 AM

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.

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Topics: cervical spine, Cervical Spine, manual therapy, terry pratt, Manual Therapy Videos, testing ROM, Uncategorized, videos

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

PT Pregame: Why Scapular Stabilization in Overhead Athletes Matters

Posted by Angela Gordon, PT, DSc, MPT, FAAOMPT, COMT, ATC, OCS, FMS on Jan 31, 2019 7:21:29 AM

Patriots vs Rams, who will have the edge for the title? Patriot’s quarterback, Tom Brady, age 41, is playing in his ninth Super Bowl and has already won five. Love him or hate him, not many NFL players last into their 40s let alone achieve five titles. In my experience working with professional athletes of all stages during their careers, veterans definitively understand how much effort is needed to maintain their bodies in order to prevent injuries. It takes dedication and time to put in the right amount of work to keep the body healthy.

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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

Your Accelerated Path to CMPT Certification

Posted by NAIOMT on Jan 9, 2019 7:36:14 AM

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:

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Topics: Manual Therapy, NAIOMT, Physical Therapy, clinical skills, Faculty, CMPT

Clinical Reasoning in the Examination of the Pelvic Girdle: The “Load Transfer” Test

Posted by Michael Lucido, PT, DPT, OCS, COMT, FAAOMPT on Jan 8, 2019 7:39:54 PM

Low back pain continues to be one of the most difficult maladies of the musculoskeletal system in the modern world. The scientific literature tells us LBP is a heterogeneous entity best treated by recognizing the characteristics of this group as subsets. One of these subsets are people who have pain specifically located at or close to the posterior superior iliac spine (PSIS). This location is also known as “pelvic girdle pain” or “sacroiliac joint pain.”

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Topics: treating lumbar spine

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

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