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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

Anterior Shear Test of The Lumbar Spine

Posted by Stacy Soappman, PT, DScPT, COMT, FAAOMPT on Apr 14, 2018 9:57:13 AM

In the manual therapy video below, NAIOMT's Stacy Soappman demonstrates an anterior shear test of the lumbar Spine that can be helpful in assessing patients who may be experiencing pain with everyday activities such as carrying children or groceries.

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

Is It a Mobility Issue Or Stability Issue in The Lumbar Spine?

Posted by NAIOMT on Mar 8, 2018 7:43:47 PM

What could be causing a patient's painful restriction in right extension quadrant? In the manual therapy video below, NAIOMT's Stacy Soappman explores how to determine whether a patient is experiencing a mobility issue or a stability issue.

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Topics: low back pain, lumbar spine, lumbopelvic spine, manual therapy, Uncategorized

Slump Exam for the Lumbar Spine

Posted by NAIOMT on Feb 18, 2018 3:04:11 AM

In the video below NAIOMT Faculty Chris Hoekstra, PT, DPT, OCS, COMT, FAAOMPT demonstrates the slump exam as part of the NAIOMT neurological exam for the lumbar spine.

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Topics: clinical skills, Courses, Faculty, lumbar spine, manual therapy, physical therapy, slump exam

Gapping Mobilization in a Neurally Loaded Position

Posted by NAIOMT on Feb 5, 2018 9:25:57 AM

In the manual therapy video below, NAIOMT Faculty Chris Hoekstra PT, DPT, OCS, COMT, FAAOMPT demonstrates gapping mobilization in a neurally loaded position for the lumbar spine.

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Topics: gapping mobilization, lumbar spine, Manual Physical Therapy, Manual Therapy Videos

Leg Length Discrepancy or Neuromuscular Imbalance? Here's one Way to Tell

Posted by NAIOMT on Nov 1, 2017 7:40:15 PM

In the manual therapy video below, NAIOMT faculty member Stacy Soappman demonstrates one way to determine if a patient has a leg length discrepancy or neuromuscular imbalance following a hip replacement.

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

Segmental Stabilization Technique for the Lumbar Spine

Posted by NAIOMT on Sep 19, 2017 9:19:34 AM

In the manual therapy video below, NAIOMT Faculty Member Terry Pratt, PT, MS, COMT, FAAOMPT shows us techniques for stabilizing the lumbar spine segmentally.

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Topics: lower extremity, lumbar spine, lumbopelvic spine, manual therapy, Manual Therapy Videos, segmental stabilization technique

Musculoskeletal Monday: Clinical Instability

Posted by NAIOMT on Aug 28, 2017 6:18:58 AM

Today I'm heading to NYC to teach the Lumbar II module of our certification series. As always, I review content and today I was drawn to the review of the treatment based classification (TBC) system as summarized by Dr. Julie Fritz in the latest edition of Grieve’s Modern Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy. It is well established that treating patients through a classification system is superior (Riddel 1998/Cook 2006). In particular, I was drawn to the topic of clinical instability. There are many pitfalls in addressing “spinal/clinical” instability—the name itself is polarizing and draws therapists into different camps/belief systems and, at times, dogma.

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

Segmental Stabilization Beyond the Multifidus

Posted by NAIOMT on Mar 16, 2017 8:44:30 PM

In the manual therapy video below, NAIOMT faculty instructor Steve Allen, PT, OCS, COMT, FAAOMPT takes you through structures to be considered when looking at stabilization of the lumbar spine.

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Topics: back pain, lumbar spine, lumbopelvic spine, manual therapy, manual therapy techniques, Manual Therapy Videos, NAIOMT

Increasing Movement in the Lumbar Spine of Older Patients

Posted by NAIOMT on Nov 19, 2016 10:36:22 AM

In the manual therapy video below, NAIOMT faculty Member Kathy Stupansky, PT, DSc, OCS, FAAOMPT demonstrates her technique for increasing movement in the lumbar spine in older patient populations.

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Topics: back pain, elderly, lumbar spine, lumbopelvic spine, manual therapy, Manual Therapy Videos, physical therapy

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