Take one of these and you'll move far beyond the PT status quo, helping a whole lot of people along the way.
By the age of 26 I had been fighting some type of back pain for years. It had become a normal way of life. I still was able to do most of anything I wanted to until “The Day.” While replacing our garage door, I went to lift the old door when it happened, a big pop in my back. Four hours later I was unable to get out of bed. I was experiencing what we know as a “classic disc protrusion.” For the next two weeks I was bed ridden. After that I went back to work using a cane for about a month to keep weight off my left leg.
Do you believe spinal manipulation can help your patients? Do you want to be able to effectively utilize it as one of the tools in treating? Whatever level you’re practicing or studying physical therapy at, if you’re located in the state of Washington, you’re likely well aware of the importance of endorsement when it comes to spinal manipulation. But there are a lot of details to navigate here. And we want to help.
Why pursue training and mentorship with The North American Institute of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy (NAIOMT)? Here are three reasons:
Topics: cervical spine, cervical spine course, Manual Physical Therapy, manual therapy, Manual Therapy, Manual Therapy Mentorship, PT continuing education, Clinical Fellowship Program, Clinical Reasoning, clinical skills
Ever met distinguished faculty instructor Ann Porter Hoke, PT, DPT, OCS, FCAMPT, FAAOMPT? If you're a PT who strives to always be growing and learning how best to help each patient, you really should. Here are a few words recently used to describe her work:
Topics: cervical spine course, Courses, Manual Physical Therapy, Manual Therapy, manual therapy continuing education, manual therapy courses, ann porter hoke, clinical skills, lower quadrant integration, upper quadrant integration
This week's abstract of the week is from the Journal of Oral Rehabilitation is called Manual therapy for the management of pain and limited range of motion in subjects with signs and symptoms of temporomandibular disorder: a systematic review of randomised controlled trials. (Calixtre LB1, Moreira RF1, Franchini GH1, Alburquerque-Sendín F2, Oliveira AB1.)
Shortly after being trained in dry needling, I was searching for willing subjects who would allow me to hone my skills. I had a long term patient I was seeing who I was treating for a thoracic compression fracture. We had a pretty good rapport and it came to light that he had had a rotator cuff and labral repair 2 years earlier. He voiced frustration that he never could attain full end range elevation compared to his uninvolved side. He heard me talk about dry needling and asked if I would take a look at his shoulder and see if he’d be a candidate.
Every patient's body we work with is unique. So the same technique and form that works for one, may not for the next. That's why, as manual therapists, we need to know when and how to adapt our approach.
I was able to spend some time with NAIOMT Co-founder Cliff Fowler, PT, MCSP, MCPA, FCAMPT recently at the NAIOMT SI Joint Symposium in Seattle. Cliff has been an OMPT for a long time, and is supposedly retired from work. But, I don’t believe that you ever retire from your passion, and I am so glad to see it. He is still thinking and innovating and teaching. And he started me and others on the same path.