PT, CMPT, DSc student
It is my genuine pleasure to contribute my testimonial about my experience with NAIOMT as a fellowship and DSc student:
NAIOMT offers an excellent balance of academic rigor, anatomy, and practical application of clinical reasoning in all of their courses.
NAIOMT is an excellent foundation for the novice practitioner and valuable addition for the more experienced clinician. If you are a novice practitioner committed to the orthopedic manual physical therapy, NAIOMT will give you an excellent foundation to help you master the patient with complex neuromuscular conditions. Safe and efficient manual therapy assessments and interventions based on sound clinical reasoning, current evidence, and anatomy and physiology are taught in a comfortable setting with time for hands-on learning and feedback.
For the experienced practitioner, NAIOMT will compliment your current clinical skills while challenging you to grow in areas of clinical reasoning and deepen your appreciation for doing the basics well. Mastery enables you to handle even the most complicated regional interdependent conditions.
NAIOMT provides a complete package for the course participant. NAIOMT courses offer the right balance between hands-on learning, detailed surface anatomy, and excellent pre, and post-course learning. The structure of the NAIOMT courses offers the full-time physical therapist flexibility and continuity needed for proper integration in the clinical setting. The NAIOMT instructors are all clinicians with years of clinical expertise who understand the challenge of integrating course material upon returning to the clinic. Participants are encouraged to communicate with each other and instructors following the course completion.
NAIOMT allows you to take the courses in any order that fits your schedule and experience. They offer several locations across the country and internationally. NAIOMT 511 and 516 can be taken independently or combined to accommodate your work and personal schedule and your learning preference. Taking parts A and B of upper-level courses over a week not only saves you time and money but gives you time to immerse yourself in the content and master the motor skills that manual therapy demands.
The NAIOMT faculty consists of master clinicians with diverse clinical backgrounds dedicated to lifelong learning and orthopedic manual physical therapy. All NAIOMT instructors provide continuous support before and after the course. The curriculum is firmly rooted in the science of anatomy and physiology rather than ideology or tradition. The faculty offers updated evidence as it pertains to the course material. The NAIOMT curriculum integrates both neuroscience of pain, motor control, and postural education to maximize the benefit of manual therapy procedures.
NAIOMT 511 and 516 offer participants a strong foundation in clinical reasoning, differential diagnosis, subjective, and objective examination of spinal conditions. I encourage new graduates interested in solidifying evaluation skills to attend 511 and 516. Both courses offer immediate and practical application to the clinic. Taking the combined 511 and 516 over six days inspired me to enter the Advanced Doctorate of Science program at Andrews University. Upon completion of the Level II courses, I joined the clinical fellowship program.
NAIOMT's Clinical Fellowship program challenges me as an experienced practitioner to examine the more complex musculoskeletal patient with persistent pain and loss of function while giving me the gift of expert mentorship. As a physical therapist with more than 23 years of experience, it is a privilege to have access to a variety of mentors. We often think of mentorship being essential for new graduates entering the profession.
Expert mentorship when pursuing clinical excellence is a must, and NAIOMT's clinical fellowship program offers incredible mentors who are committed to helping you succeed as a student and as a clinician.
Mette Coleman, January 2020
Jason P. Moses
PT, DPT, OCS, CMPT
Summit Peak Physical Therapy
I just wanted to send my highest thanks for all the tutelage I have received within the NAIOMT program. A patient came in with complaints of dizziness, facial tingling, disturbed vision/hearing and pain in her neck. She had history of a bad MVA approximately 25 years ago and her symptoms had persisted since the accident. During subjective history she mentioned that all of her previous physicians thought she was crazy. As I was performing the subjective examination, I thought her symptoms sounded like what Erl Pettman has described as “trigeminal symptoms.” It occurred to me she might have a C2/3 dysfunction that was contributing to trigeminal convergence creating these symptoms.
I asked her whether her vision seemed murky or like looking through a dirty window and she immediately started crying. She confirmed that was exactly how it felt and she has never been able to describe it to her doctors sufficiently.
Long story short, after a careful screening, I utilized a focused cranial-directed (thrust) manipulation on C3 and her murky vision was completely abolished. She cried multiple times during the initial evaluation and she said she finally found someone who understands what she has. I treated her four times and just discharged her today. She has not complained of any dizziness, facial tingling, pain or disturbed vision/hearing!
I was never skeptical about the trigeminal symptoms diagnosis/treatment but I wanted to take the time and share that the NAIOMT system works! It has elevated my practice to levels I have never imagined. It is all because of the NAIOMT training. Thank you! I'm not the world's greatest PT, greatest manipulator, or greatest diagnostician, but I am learning and getting better.
Kansas City, MO
I graduated with my DPT 2.5 years ago. I began the NAIOMT courses immediately after graduation; before I even sat for my boards exam! I just finished with the Level III courses in January, and I am working on case studies and preparing for the final practical at this time.
As an SPT I was lucky enough to have clinical experiences with COMTs all of different schools. Each one emphasised to me that my DPT was just the beginning and that in order to become an expert, additional training and knowledge were essential.
My NAIOMT training has been nothing short of exceptional (also exceptionally challenging) and has developed my differential diagnosis, clinical reasoning and treatment technique skills level immensely. NAIOMT has deepened my knowledge base and clinical decision making well beyond where a DPT takes a learner.
The DPT offers our profession and us as clinicians such a wonderful knowledge base and professional potential; but it is only the base. Coming out of PT school one is a generalist – NAIOMT develops specialists and experts in our field.
How has NAIOMT positively impacted your practice?
"I can honestly say that I feel like an educated clinician in terms of differential diagnosis to treatment techniques compared to when I graduated PT school because of the course work and information NAIOMT has provided me with. I can see changes in my confidence and ability to market myself to physicians as well as the community. My patient outcomes have improved drastically which has increased my patient/physician rapport, increased referrals and referral sources as well as quality of care. I would not be the same clinician I am today without the resources and information I have learned through NAIOMT..."
"The education in differential diagnosis has helped me to be confident in my decision making process, explanation to the patient, and treatment of the patient. I feel I have a wide variety of manual treatment options and also feel move confident with choosing the most beneficial treatment the first time. I notice an improvement in my evaluation of the patient and can contrast my eval with other PT's I have worked with."
"The primary way NAIOMT improved my practice was through providing me with more tools and knowledge of using new tools that enabled me to do more for my patients. This gave me a better job satisfaction and better patient satisfaction. The second thing NAIOMT enabled me to do was speak with Physicians in a language and communication pattern that they understand. The Physicians I work with have personaly told me that I have helped them perpetuate their practice since I have become better able to spot patient needs that physician services can meet."
PT, DPT, PhD(c), OCS, COMT
Department of Physical Therapy
Tennessee State University
NAIOMT is eclectic. It's based on evidence-based medicine. It utilizes multiple approaches. It's not based on the works of one person. NAIOMT has a mixture of symptom provocation and biomechanics without over-relying on either one.
Stacy, [Stacy Soappman]
Just wanted to say thank you for your very informative class this past weekend. On my first day back, I had someone come in with exactly what we talked about with insidious onset tennis elbow. I did my exams and found that it was most certainly a facilitated C5 segment! The patient was blown away by that discovery.
Thank you again! I now have much greater tools to be able to more adequately diagnose my patients and get them on the real right track!
Has NAIOMT impacted your clinical outcomes?
"I think the differential diagnosis portion of the course has helped me to better pinpoint what treatments will be most effective for the specific patient. I believe my overall outcomes are improved whether that means improving the patient's symptoms or deciding whether or not they are even appropriate for therapy."
"Improved patient outcomes, increased refferals from former patients, and improved feedback from referrals in marketplace."
"YES!! I can honestly say with out this program my clinical outcomes would not be as good. My manual therapy units are between 25-35%, my patient volume continues to increase each month and can be seen from month to month since January and positive patient comments from press gainy surveys continue to express how much the patients benefit from the treatment given to them."
"Yes. My clinical assessment and treatment skills allow me to more efficiently and effectively treat patients, therefore, positively affecting clinical outcomes."