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Evaluation of the Scapula

Posted by Angela Gordon, PT, DSc, MPT, FAAOMPT, COMT, ATC, OCS, FMS on May 18, 2019 8:54:37 AM

In the manual therapy video below, I demonstrate an evaluation of the scapula. This evaluation is one of the many things I teach in NAIOMT's specialty course Advanced Concepts for the Overhead Athlete. Join us for our next session on June 15-16, 2019 in Falls Church VA!

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Topics: overhead athletes, levator scapula, thoracic spine manipulation

NAIOMT Alumni and Faculty Publish Spinal Manipulation Article in the Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy

Posted by NAIOMT on May 15, 2019 8:46:11 AM

We would like to congratulate NAIOMT alumna Christina Cuka (‘14) PT, DPT, COMPT, SSPT, alumna (‘09) Amy W. McDevitt PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT, Distinguished Faculty Instructor Ann Porter Hoke PT, DPT, OCS, FCAMPT, FAAOMPT, and Research Director Steve Karas PT, DSc, CMPT, MA, ATC on the publication of their article, “Spinal manipulation after multiple fusions in an adult with scoliosis: a case report” in the Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy.

JMMT published the article online on January 13, 2019. The article will also appear in JMMT’s next print edition. 

We are very proud of our alumni and faculty who continually carry forward NAIOMT’s high standards. 

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Topics: manual therapy courses, NAIOMT, Manual Therapy Videos, Uncategorized, thoracic spine manipulation

Adapting Thoracic Spine Manipulation for Broader Patients

Posted by Stacy Soappman, PT, DScPT, COMT, FAAOMPT on May 9, 2019 7:02:44 PM

NAIOMT'S Stacy Soappman knows what it is like to spend the day in the clinic treating patients who are larger than yourself. It can be hard, and often you feel like it will be difficult to make a difference in the patient's pain or function because of the size difference between patient and therapist. Watch the below video as she demonstrates one way she has adapted a thoracic manipulation for when the patient is broader than your arms are long.

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Topics: manual therapy courses, NAIOMT, Manual Therapy Videos, Uncategorized, thoracic spine manipulation

Seated Thoracic Manipulation on a Larger Patient

Posted by Stacy Soappman, PT, DScPT, COMT, FAAOMPT on Dec 31, 2018 1:55:33 PM

In the manual therapy video below, NAIOMT faculty member Stacy Soappman discusses and demonstrates a modified seated thoracic manipulation technique that can be really useful in the clinic when your arms can't comfortably reach around a larger patient. 

Not just for girls, our Manip Like A Girl: Work Smarter Not Harder course is for anyone who wants to learn how to effectively treat patients larger than themselves. If you want to learn how to handle patients larger than yourself and do it with more efficiency and effectiveness then this is the course for you. Reserve your spot in Seattle, WA on October 20, 2019  for Manip Like a Girl.

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Topics: NAIOMT, Clinical Reasoning, Manual Therapy Videos, Thoracic Spine, thoracic spine manipulation, manip like a girl

Seated Thoracic Manipulation

Posted by NAIOMT on May 22, 2018 8:06:25 PM

In the manual therapy video below, NAIOMT faculty member Stacy Soappman discusses and demonstrates a seated thoracic manipulation technique taught in our Thoracic Spine courses.

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Topics: NAIOMT, Clinical Reasoning, Manual Therapy Videos, Thoracic Spine, thoracic spine manipulation

Thoracic Spine Manipulation Safety

Posted by NAIOMT on Mar 22, 2018 7:19:57 PM

In the manual therapy video below--captured during a recent Thoracic Spine course in NYC--NAIOMT faculty member Terry Pratt, MS, PT, COMT, FAAOMPT discusses and demonstrates safety measures PTs can take with thoracic manipulations.

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Topics: manual therapy, manual therapy courses, Thoracic Spine, thoracic spine manipulation

Alternative Thoracic Spine Manipulation

Posted by Stacy Soappman, PT, DScPT, COMT, FAAOMPT on Dec 26, 2017 11:01:07 AM
The thoracic spine is integral to almost everything we treat in the orthopedic world of physical therapy.  It is the connection between the upper and lower quadrants of the body.  If a patient is having complaints of shoulder pain we look at the thoracic spine.  Headaches?  Look at the thoracic spine.  Hip pain?  Look at the thoracic spine. Low back pain?  Look at the thoracic spine.  And don't forget actual pathology of the thoracic spine and ribs would cause us to look there as well.  As you can see, we are always looking at the thoracic spine.
 
Within our Thoracic Spine course, we cover the differential diagnosis, examination, and treatment of the thoracic spine.  We look at mechanical and systemic causes of thoracic pain, and discuss how the thoracic spine can lead to dysfunction in not only the thoracic spine but adjacent areas as well.
 
To give you an idea of what you'll experience in class, in the video below, I demonstrate an alternative technique for a upper thoracic spine extension manipulation that I've found greater success with. To learn more, join me at Touro College in NYC on February 10 for Thoracic Spine. If you live in other regions and aren't up for a trip to NYC, take a look at the list below for a course closer to you. 
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Topics: manual therapy, NAIOMT, Manual Therapy Videos, Thoracic Spine, thoracic spine manipulation

Thoracic Spine Manipulation (When Your Arms Are Too Short!)

Posted by Stacy Soappman, PT, DScPT, COMT, FAAOMPT on Sep 30, 2017 9:45:23 AM

Are your arms sometimes too short for your patient's size? In the manual therapy video below, NAIOMT's Stacy Soappman demonstrates a modification to the traditional thoracic manipulation--just one of the many things taught in her Manip Like a Girl course. Please note, everyone is welcome, it's NOT just for girls! :)

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Topics: manual therapy courses, NAIOMT, Manual Therapy Videos, Uncategorized, thoracic spine manipulation

Abstract of The Week: The effect of direction specific thoracic spine manipulation on the cervical spine: a randomized controlled trial

Posted by NAIOMT on Jan 11, 2017 8:36:26 PM

Admittedly, we didn't have to search too hard to find this particular Abstract of the Week, as its authors include NAIOMT faculty. Thus, it goes without saying that we find this an important topic to research, read about and discuss.

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Topics: Abstract of the Week, cervical spine, Cervical Spine, neck pain, thoracic spine manipulation

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