Do you see patients who experience pain when turning their head to the left? In the manual therapy video below, NAIOMT’s Stacy Soappman demonstrates one way of assessing and treating that pain.
In the manual therapy video below, NAIOMT’s Stacy Soappman provides a brief review of Sacroiliac Joint assessment and treatment.
In order to determine if gapping manip of the SI Joint is appropriate for a patient, she performs a standing weight bearing assessment. If the tests are symmetrical and patient presents with the same dysfunction both in standing and in non weight bearing tests, she moves forward with the manipulation. If there's a discrepancy between the two components of the test, she does not use manipulation, but instead employs another approach such as soft tissue, exercise or needling to help with the neuromuscular balance component.
In the manual therapy video below, distinguished faculty member, Ann Porter Hoke, demonstrates locking of the lumbar spine from above, and how to obtain side-bending to the left and to the right. This is a portion of a larger video demonstrating both locking from above and below, and are components of NAIOMT's Lumbopelvic Spine level II Coursework.
The manual therapy video below is a recent moment in one of our courses. In it, NAIOMT teaching faculty member, Michael Lucido, performs a biomechanical assessment of the sacroiliac joint. We realize every physical therapist is at a different point in their professional skill set, so please let us know if you have any questions at all. We design courses to meet you where you're at, and take you where you want to go in strengthening your manual therapy and clinical reasoning skills for your patients.
As a patient’s pain gets more complicated, so do their lives. The presentation of the patient is no longer just a simple acute injury that should go though the normal healing stages. A lot of times with acute injury, there is no story attached to the injury, so the healing does not get complicated. As the pain becomes more chronic, the source starts to become blurry. The longer the pain persists, the more confusion that happens, as the patient gets further away from and perhaps forgets the initial source.
In the manual therapy video below, NAIOMT's Angela Gordon demonstrates a technique to facilitate activation of the mid trap, rhomboids and lower trap. Manual resistance can be added in any direction to increase the activation of the muscles.
In the manual therapy video below, NAIOMT faculty member Michael Lucido demonstrates how physical therapists can evaluate a patient's suspected cervicogenic headache.