In the manual therapy video below, NAIOMT Faculty member Terry Pratt, MS, PT, COMT, FAAOMPT demonstrates a Lumbar Compression Test. Let us know if you have any questions at all and browse our upcoming manual therapy course schedule to find opportunities in your region!
I have been going through an interesting stage of my career where I have ended up shifting all aspects of my care and treatment for patients. I have a different approach, not necessarily by choice, but by evolution.
We can't really say it enough--it's simply wonderful to see PT students and young PTs enthusiastically jumping into our profession with both feet. And with passionate student leaders like Ryan Maddrey, the future of physical therapy in the United States is looking bright.
What happens when you put together people with a common passion, nature, food/drink and people who have a heart to give back to others?
I have been sitting on a thought for a while as I work on decorating my new office. I have recently earned another certificate to put on the wall. I placed this new one above my very first manual therapy certificate and it made me think about the differences.
Each week, as we lead manual therapy courses across the United States, the passion for PT is palpable. And with all that passion comes important debate. Sometimes we even see heated discussions being hashed out online between people across the globe, of all experience-levels and abilities. (Been on Twitter, lately?!) But whether you're a physical therapist here in the United States or a physio abroad, we actually all have a great deal in common. Sure, we may have different approaches to care, and depending on where you practice, you may or may not be limited in what you can do to help your patients. But at the end of the day, we're on the same side. We're experts in movement. We are dedicated to helping those around us live pain free, high functioning lives.
Did you know more than one third of women in the United States suffer from a pelvic floor disorder, which can include urinary incontinence, painful sex, bowel symptoms and pelvic pain? But unfortunately a great number accept their symptoms as a normal consequence of childbirth or aging. Worse yet, some care providers even them shrug off as such. And while pelvic floor disorders are all too common, they are not normal. That's why Jessica McKinney co-instructor of our new Manual Therapy and Pregnancy course, founded Share Mayflowers, a public health and awareness campaign focused primarily on the under-discussed topics of female pelvic and perinatal health.
Mentorship develops PTs into effective, ever-evolving, and ever-improving professionals with the chops to dig down and truly help their patients--no matter the presentation. That's why, for us, it's an integral part of these manual therapy courses.
Warm welcome to Dr. Gene Shirokobrod of Updoc Media's Therapy Insiders to our PT Profile series!
There is a skit by comedian Michael McIntyre where he describes the difference between people leaving the house – those with kids and those without kids. Those without kids decide to leave the house and just get up put on their coats and walk out the door. And for those with kids it is about a 20min process involving looking for shoes, jacket zippers getting stuck, pulling kids out from under the bed…you get the point.