In-Person Specialty Courses

S-901 Manip With Ease

Learn How to Handle Patients of all Sizes

Instructors: Jessica Smith-Blockley, PT, DPT, OCS, COMT, FAAOMPT & Amy Temes Clifton, PT, DPT, COMT, OCS, FAAOMPT
Approx hours: 10 (3 online)

This course is designed for the small statured physical therapist or anyone wanting to learn technique modification so they can more comfortably and effectively treat larger patients. If you want to learn how to handle patients of all sizes and do it with more efficiency and effectiveness, then this is the course for you.

Specific, focused thrust joint manipulation is about precision, finesse and using the right technique for your body. This course emphasizes ergonomically efficient manipulation techniques. We will reinforce that speed and body mechanics determine how well you are able to manipulate, not your size. This course uses an all-sourced evidence-informed approach to increase the physical therapists’ knowledge and skill with spinal manipulation.

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S-910 & S-911 Dry Needling - LQ and UQ

A Powerful, Adjunctive Tool for the Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapist

Instructor: Gary Kearns, PT, DPT, OCS, COMT, FAAOMPT
Approx hours: 23 each

Dry Needling (DN) is a powerful, adjunctive tool for the orthopaedic manual physical therapist. Understanding the genesis of myofascial pain, applicable pain science, the mechanisms of DN, application to orthopaedic diagnoses, and the proper historical context is crucial to understanding the theory of DN. However, when not placed in the context of a thorough subjective history, a comprehensive neuromusculoskeletal examination, and appropriate differential diagnosis, it can be challenging to accurately identify the most appropriate patients and achieve optimal patient outcomes.

This course is designed to bridge the gap between DN theory to how this tool can be integrated into clinical practice seamlessly by presenting a case based clinical reasoning approach to DN in order to provide first time exposure and education to clinicians on DN as well as review and improve effective technique with clinicians currently utilizing DN. With concerns about complications from the invasive nature of dry needling, ample amount of lab time will be spent on surface anatomy and palpation to ensure accurate location of relevant regional anatomy and safety of technique.

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S-921 Advanced Concepts for the Overhead Athlete

Anatomical and Biomechanical Kinetic Chain concepts

Instructor: Angela Gordon, PT, DSc, MPT, FAAOMPT, COMT, ATC, OCS, FMS
Approx hours: 14

Overhead athletes require special characteristics to allow them the mobility and stability to perform their sport. There are considerable anatomical and biomechanical kinetic chain concepts that the physical therapist must understand to treat these athletes appropriately. Normal upper quarter function is dependent upon controlled and sequenced motion of all component parts; the lower quarter also plays a major role in setting up the upper quarter to perform properly.

During this course, these anatomical and biomechanical considerations of the entire kinetic chain will be covered in detail, along with extensive lab time for mastering examination and intervention skills. A range of overhead sports will be covered with a review of the differences between each. Advanced techniques such as video analysis, scrutiny of the pitcher’s mechanics, and live demonstration of an overhead athlete evaluation will be incorporated into this course.

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Online Specialty Courses

These asynchronous specialty online courses can be taken at any time at your own pace. Topics span from Spinal Imaging to Sleep Ergonomics to Nutrition.

O-960 - Sleep Management for Physical Therapists

Insufficient sleep and poor quality sleep are now considered a population health crisis in the United States. Further, poor sleep has the ability to affect physical therapy outcomes. Many musculoskeletal issues can in turn lead to poor sleep.

  • Date: Ongoing
  • Location: 7 hours online
  • Instructor: Liz Henry, PT, DSc, OCS, COMT, FAAOMPT, CCTT

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Watch Liz Henry's video introduction to the online course Sleep Management for Physical Therapists.


O-963 The Hip-Spine Connection: Unraveling the Mystery Part I

Do you ever find it complex and frustrating to effectively treat patients with lumbopelvic pain? NAIOMT teaching faculty, Michael Lucido, guides you through common stumbling blocks in the online course "The Hip-Spine Connection: Unraveling the Mystery," and demonstrates how the hip can be the culprit of low back pain.

  • Date: Ongoing
  • Location: 8 hours online
  • Instructor: Michael Lucido, PT, DPT, OCS, COMT, FAAOMPT

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"I enjoyed it! I liked the treatment ideas and the break down of the conditions for hip-spine syndrome - makes it easier to determine which way to go based on the presentation."

Michelle Arrigoni, PT, DPT - Baylor Scott & White Rehab - Dallas,TX