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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

Lumbar Scan: Prone Torsion Test

Posted by NAIOMT on May 8, 2018 10:39:30 AM

In the manual therapy video below, NAIOMT's Bill Temes demonstrates a prone torsion test, as part of the Level I Scanning Examination for the lumbar spine.

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Topics: Courses, Endorsement, endorsement in washington, Faculty, Lumbopelvic Spine, lumbopelvic spine, Manual Therapy, manual therapy and pregnancy, peripheral manipulation, Spinal manipulation

Why Do the Lumbar Slump Test?

Posted by NAIOMT on Apr 2, 2018 9:43:55 PM

PTs may learn and go through the motions of a lumbar slump test. But do we understand why? In the video below, NAIOMT Faculty member Stacy Soappman its significance and how it can help you as you decide which steps to take next with your patient.

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Topics: lumbar slump test, Lumbopelvic Spine, lumbopelvic spine, manual therapy, Manual Therapy, Uncategorized

Asymmetry of the Human Body: Does it Really Matter?

Posted by Michael Lucido, PT, DPT, OCS, COMT, FAAOMPT on Feb 23, 2018 8:44:15 AM

In a recent New York Times article, “Short-Track Speedskaters Are Lopsided,” the author notes and interviews several Olympic athletes that can tell they are “off” and out of “balance"--and they notice this more during regular activities of daily life than in their event. The article goes on to highlight these asymmetries are most commonly seen with speedskaters. According to the article, it is common to find that their thighs and glutes are typically larger on the right, while their lower-back muscles maybe more developed on the contralateral side. This finding is common with athletes that always train in one direction or play a sport, such as tennis, that requires unilateral domination.

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Topics: asymmetry, Lumbopelvic Spine, lumbopelvic spine, olympics, short track skating

Positional Release Technique of the quadratus lumborum

Posted by NAIOMT on Jan 24, 2018 8:23:43 PM

In the manual therapy video below, NAIOMT faculty member Michael Lucido demonstrates a positional release technique of the quadratus lumborum (QL) that is taught in our Lumbopelvic Spine I and II courses (which can be taken in any order).

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Topics: Lumbopelvic Spine, lumbopelvic spine, Manual Therapy Videos, Physical Therapy, positional release technique

H and I Testing

Posted by NAIOMT on Jan 10, 2018 7:38:49 PM

In the manual therapy video below, NAIOMT's Stacy Soappman demonstrates H and I testing of the lumbar spine. Apologies for the vertical view! :) And for more manual therapy guidance, join us for one of these upcoming Lumbopelvic Spine II courses (I and II can be taken in any order):

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Topics: Courses, h and I testing, Lumbopelvic Spine, lumbopelvic spine, Manual Therapy Videos, NAIOMT

Compression Overload Test for the Lumbopelvic Spine

Posted by Bill Temes on Nov 18, 2017 2:40:28 AM

In the manual therapy video below, NAIOMT Senior Faculty Member Bill Temes demonstrates a compression overload test for the lumbopelvic spine.

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Topics: clinical skills, compression overload test, Courses, Lumbopelvic Spine, lumbopelvic spine, manual therapy courses

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

Combined PIVM of The Lumbar Spine

Posted by NAIOMT on Jun 14, 2017 10:15:43 AM

In the manual therapy video below, NAIOMT's Stacy Soappman addresses combined PIVM of the lumbar spine.

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Topics: Lumbopelvic Spine, lumbopelvic spine, Manual Therapy, Manual Therapy Videos, Uncategorized

Clinical Presentation of Traumatic Arthritis in the Lumbopelvic Spine

Posted by NAIOMT on Apr 8, 2017 10:42:36 AM

In the manual therapy video below, NAIOMT's faculty instructor Steve Allen addresses clinical presentation of traumatic arthritis in the lumbopelvic spine.

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Topics: Lumbopelvic Spine, lumbopelvic spine, lumbopelvic spine courses, Manual Therapy, Manual Therapy Videos

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