In the video below, hear from NAIOMT faculty member Angela Gordon, PT, DSc, MPT, COMT, OCS, ATC, FMS on some of the specific areas she'll be addressing in her upcoming specialty course Advanced Concepts for the Overhead Athlete. If you have any interest in treating professional athletes, this one's for you!
As 2015 winds down and we embark on another year of guiding PTs toward being the best caregivers they can be, we invite you to reflect on some of the experiences that have shaped your approach in one way or another.
Social media is alive with commercials and excitement for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” that arrives in theaters today December 18, 2015. What does this have to do with Manual therapy or NAIOMT?
"A long time ago… in a galaxy far, far away”(called Portland), I was a ‘young’ 35 year old PT who attended my first NAIOMT class. Little did I know that the instructors of this class were Jedi Masters in the physical therapy world. As I sat in class, I knew that I wanted to become half as good as the instructors who were in front of me. The core values that they possessed were like that of the Jedi. NAIOMT’s faculty all displayed a ‘knowing’ or expertise including a strong work ethic, integrity and honesty that I could respect. They offered themselves as a mentor to this padewon and conveyed a genuine desire to share their physical therapy knowledge, experience and to give something of themselves back to the therapy world. It took no time to determine that I wanted to be trained up to become a Jedi adviser.
Recovery is a journey. In the Ted Talk below, champion cross country skier Janine Shepherd shares her story of resilience after a horrific accident, and offers wise words for those who face a trying road to recovery. "A broken body isn't a broken person" she discovers, and it was in fact little goals that kept her "going all the way."
In the manual therapy video below NAIOMT Faculty Member Steve Allen, PT, OCS, COMT, FAAOMPT takes us through an effective cuneiform manipulation. For more, join Steve for his Knee-Foot-Ankle course November 21-22 in Seattle, WA, or browse other upcoming courses including Lumbopelvic Spine, Cervical Spine, and Manip Like a Girl throughout the country here.
The human body's ability to heal, and its ability to reach feats far beyond what our minds can comprehend is incredible. As physical therapists and experts in movement, we see the whole spectrum of movement on a daily basis. From those limited by chronic pain and disability to athletes bringing their bodies to the highest possible capacity, and everything in between.
Baseball and softball players (and other overhead throwing athletes) are unique and require special characteristics to allow them the mobility and stability to perform their sport. And there are considerable anatomical and biomechanical kinetic chain concepts that a physical therapist must understand to treat them appropriately. That's why we developed our new overhead thrower’s course, Advanced Concepts for the Overhead Athlete, designed specifically for physical therapists interested in treating these types of athletes.