Featured Specialty Courses
S-901 Manip With Ease
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.
S-910 & S-911 Dry Needling - LQ and UQ
- Instructor: Gary Kearns
- 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.
S-921 Advanced Concepts for the Overhead Athlete
- Instructor: Angela Gordon
- 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.