Manubrial Test For The Thoracic Spine

Posted by NAIOMT on Jan 30, 2018 9:14:55 AM

In the manual therapy video below, NAIOMT faculty member Terry Pratt, MS, PT, COMT, FAAOMPT reviews a manubrial test for the thoracic spine.

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Topics: manual therapy videos, Manual Therapy Videos, thoracic spine, Thoracic Spine, minubrial test

Restoring Ability To Reach Behind Back

Posted by NAIOMT on Mar 14, 2017 9:37:15 AM

In the manual therapy video below, NAIOMT faculty instructor Bill TemesPT, MS, OCS, COMT, FAAOMPT works with the shoulder to restore range of motion.

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Topics: manual therapy, Manual Therapy, pain, Physical Therapy, shoulder pain, thoracic spine, Thoracic Spine, upper extremity

Alternative Thoracic Gapping Video

Posted by NAIOMT on Nov 5, 2016 10:31:27 AM

In the manual therapy video below, NAIOMT distinguished faculty instructor Ann Porter Hoke, PT, DPT, OCS, FCAMPT, FAAOMPT demonstrates an alternative thoracic gapping technique for physical therapists that are small in stature.

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Topics: Manual Therapy Videos, thoracic spine, Thoracic Spine, thoracic spine mobilization

The Ties That Bind Us

Posted by NAIOMT on May 23, 2016 9:49:24 PM

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.

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Topics: Courses, Lumbopelvic Spine, manual therapy, Manual Therapy, Manual Therapy Mentorship, thoracic spine, Thoracic Spine

Thoracic Spine Anatomy and Palpation Video

Posted by NAIOMT on Apr 24, 2016 10:40:08 AM

In the manual therapy video below, NAIOMT Faculty Member Michael Lucido reviews thoracic spine anatomy and palpation, a topic that'll be addressed in more detail at thoracic spine courses coming up in Seattle, Gaithersburg, Phoenix, Dallas and Denver over the next few months.

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Topics: manual therapy, palpation, Manual Therapy Videos, thoracic spine

Abstract of the Week: Thoracic Manual Therapy in The Management of Non-specific Shoulder Pain

Posted by NAIOMT on Apr 4, 2016 9:31:52 PM

How many of you start your shoulder examination with a look at the cervical and thoracic spine? In the absence of trauma it makes the most sense to do a cervical and thoracic scan during the initial evaluation. The scapula is part of the shoulder girdle. A lot of the muscles that attach to the scapula are innervated by the cervical spine. If the patient presents with a cervical dysfunction they can wind up with altered muscle length of muscles that attach to the scapula. This can lead to altered scapula positioning at rest and with motion. If the patient has altered scapula movement it can lead to shoulder impingement during shoulder girdle movements.

The article below demonstrates that patients presenting with shoulder pain who received a thoracic manipulation experienced significant reduction in their shoulder pain and improved function. So don't forget to widen your focus and include the thoracic spine!


Non-specific shoulder pain (NSSP) is often persistent and disabling leading to high socioeconomic costs. Cervical manipulation has demonstrated improvements in patients with NSSP, although risks associated with thrust techniques are documented. Thoracic manual therapy (TMT) may utilise similar neurophysiological effects with less risk. The current evidence for TMT in treating NSSP is limited to systematic reviews of manual therapy (MT) applied to the upper quadrant. These reviews included trials that used shoulder girdle manual therapy (SG-MT) in the TMT group. This limits the scope of their conclusions with regard to the exclusive effectiveness of TMT for NSSP. Read Methods and Results here.

For a deeper look into effectively treating a host of conditions, browse these upcoming manual therapy courses offered across the country.

**Abstract of the week shared by NAIOMT Instructor Stacy Soappman, PT, DSc, COMT, FAAOMPT.


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Topics: Abstract of the Week, cervical spine, Cervical Spine, shoulder pain, thoracic manual therapy, thoracic spine, Thoracic Spine, upper quadrant

Thoracic Spine Influence on the Shoulder

Posted by NAIOMT on Feb 23, 2016 10:20:19 PM

We invite you to join NAIOMT faculty member Terry Pratt tomorrow, Wednesday February 24, as  he addresses the Thoracic Spine Influence on the Shoulder at the Shoulder SIG and Southern Metro Business Meeting from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm at Northeastern University, 30 Leon St. Behrakis Health Sciences Center, Boston, MA 02115 (Driving Directions.)

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Topics: NAIOMT, shoulder, APTa, APTAMA, thoracic spine, Thoracic Spine

Abstract of the Week: Thoracic Manual Therapy For Shoulder Pain

Posted by NAIOMT on Dec 7, 2015 10:07:54 PM

Abstract: Thoracic manual therapy in the management of non-specific shoulder pain

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Topics: abstract, Abstract of the Week, manual therapy, shoulder pain, thoracic spine, upper extremity

Why We Do What We Do

Posted by NAIOMT on May 2, 2015 9:09:29 AM

Meet NAIOMT instructor Ann Porter Hoke PT, DPT, OCS, FCAMPT, FAAOMPT. She teaches a wide range of continuing education manual therapy courses including Cervical Spine, Thoracic Spine and Lumbopelvic Spine.

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Topics: Courses, manual therapy, Clinical Reasoning, clinical skills, Sacroiliac joint, thoracic spine

Examining for TMJ Articular Dysfunction (Video)

Posted by NAIOMT on Apr 25, 2015 10:02:14 AM


In the NAIOMT manual therapy video below, faculty member Bill Temes, PT, MS, OCS, COMT, FAAOMPT takes us through an exam for TMJ articular dysfunction. 

For a more comprehensive understanding of cervical spine, and to gain the clinical reasoning and manual therapy skills to better test, assess and treat the region, join us for these upcoming courses. Cervical I and II may be taken in any order that works for you.

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Topics: Manual Therapy, NAIOMT, Physical Therapy, clinical skills, Faculty, thoracic spine, TMJ Articular Dysfunction

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