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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

Garnering Speed for Lumbar Gapping of Larger Patients

Posted by Stacy Soappman, PT, DScPT, COMT, FAAOMPT on Apr 29, 2019 8:09:12 AM

It can be difficult to get enough speed to perform an effective lumbar gapping manip on larger patients. In the manual therapy video below taken during  a recent Manip Like a Girl: Work Smarter Not Harder course, NAIOMT's Stacy Soappman demonstrates ways to overcome that challenge .

 

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Topics: lumbar spine, lumbopelvic spine, manual therapy videos, Manual Therapy Videos, Uncategorized, anterior sheer test

NAIOMT Fellowship: Reflections of a New Grad

Posted by NAIOMT on Apr 15, 2019 7:25:39 PM

We are so very pleased to announce that Christopher Fred Thurston, Jr, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS, COMT has completed the NAIOMT Fellowship Program as our organization's 128th fellowship graduate!

His fellowship project, also presented at the AAOMPT 2018 Conference, is “The Manubrial Test: A Novel Assessment for Regional Interdependence in Adolescent Overhead Athletes.” Here are a few reflections from Christopher on his goals and experience with the NAIOMT Fellowship Program. We congratulate him on all his hard work and this great career-enhancing accomplishment. 

"When I started the program, my short-term goals were to obtain my COMT certification and benefit from the one-on-one mentoring. I have achieved both of these goals. I underestimated how much I would grow from going through the process of both. The COMT certification process pushed me to challenge myself outside of my comfort zone and really be able to effectively communicate my thought process. 

I have a much more grounded treatment approach to patients. I have become very systematic in how I approach complex patients and my ability to articulate my findings. I am no longer intimidated by having the results of my assessment not fully match up with my initial hypothesis. To me, this means I am more fluid in my thought process and thorough in application of my foundational knowledge. I find myself utilizing proper referral options better, such as with physicians." 

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Topics: Clinical Fellowship Program, OMPT fellowship, Uncategorized, C2/3 dysfunction, clinical fellowship

The Importance of Observation in PT

Posted by Ann Porter Hoke, PT, DPT, OCS, FCAMPT, FAAOMPT on Mar 23, 2019 10:15:49 AM

Is observation a forgotten art? NAIOMT's Ann Porter Hoke discusses its importance in the video below. To take your clinical reasoning and manual therapy skills to the next level, browse upcoming NAIOMT courses. 

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Topics: Cervical Spine, manual therapy, cervicogenic headaches, Manual Therapy Videos, Uncategorized, cervical spine evaulation

Upper Motor Neuron Signs During Cervical Scanning Examination

Posted by NAIOMT on Feb 23, 2019 8:54:10 AM

During a Cervical Spine I class, one of our course participants who had surgery for a cervical myleopathy still presents with upper motor neuron signs (although diminished since the surgery). He allowed us to film them so fellow PTs can see what babinski, clonus, hoffmans sign and pronator rigidity present like.

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Topics: cervical spine, Cervical Spine, manual therapy, terry pratt, Manual Therapy Videos, testing ROM, Uncategorized, videos

Muscle Testing Three Ways

Posted by Stacy Soappman, PT, DScPT, COMT, FAAOMPT on Nov 16, 2018 8:06:32 AM

In the manual therapy video below, NAIOMT faculty member Stacy Soappman explains why it's useful to have three different muscle testing approaches for the lumbar spine. Essentially, each has a different intent:

Shortened Position

For neurological conductivity, fatiguing versus consistent weakness.

Mid-range Position

Looking at the power position, and giving it a manual muscle test grade to document in chart to use an objective measure to show how they've improved and gained strength over the course of physical therapy.

Lengthened Position

To pick up minor tissue damage, if looking for grade one strain.

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Topics: lumbar spine, Lumbopelvic Spine, lumbopelvic spine, manual therapy videos, Manual Therapy Videos, Uncategorized

Evaluation of A Cervicogenic Headache

Posted by Michael Lucido, PT, DPT, OCS, COMT, FAAOMPT on May 31, 2018 4:27:01 PM

Do you see patients experiencing headaches in the clinic? In the manual therapy video below, NAIOMT faculty member Michael Lucido demonstrates how physical therapists can evaluate a patient's suspected cervicogenic headache. 

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Topics: Cervical Spine, manual therapy, cervicogenic headaches, Manual Therapy Videos, Uncategorized, cervical spine evaulation

One Way to Assess and Treat Knee Pain in Runners

Posted by NAIOMT on May 26, 2018 10:49:04 AM

Do you treat runners? Or people who want to be runners? In the manual therapy video below, NAIOMT faculty Stacy Soappman discusses a common ankle problem that can lead to pain in the foot, ankle, or knee, and one way to assess and treat.

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Topics: lower extremity, Manual Therapy Videos, Uncategorized, runner knee pain treatment, treating runners

Modifications to BPPV Treatment

Posted by NAIOMT on May 19, 2018 11:32:32 AM

In the Cervical I manual therapy lab demonstration below, NAIOMT Faculty Member Terry PrattMS, PT, COMT, FAAOMPT addresses modifications to the Halpike-Dix maneuver for BPPV. The majority of patients have sensitivity in cervical spine extension and rotation.

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Topics: Cervical Spine, NAIOMT, Clinical Reasoning, clinical skills, manual therapy techniques, Manual Therapy Videos, Uncategorized

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