Treatment of the Lumbar Complex

Course Description

‚ÄčThis class was designed to give the clinician a thorough and in-depth understanding of the lumbar spine complex. It is evidence based and incorporates muscle energy technique, articular mobilization, myofascial release and stabilization exercises to give you a multi-faceted approach that gives you all the tools to treat this area with confidence. You should feel very comfortable with most lumbar patients once you leave this class.

As with all of our manual therapy courses, this seminar will follow a progression of principles and reinforce them throughout the 16 hours, is at least 75% hands-on lab, and will give the clinician hands-on skills they use immediately upon their return to the clinical setting.

Lumbar Schedule

Course Objectives

At the completion of this seminar, the participant will be able to:

  • Correctly and independently perform 28 lumbar mobilization techniques
  • Correctly and independently identify specific effects of Muscle Energy Technique, direct articulations, and manipulations
  • Correctly demonstrate palpation, use of testing techniques, and application of specific mobilizations and releases of the lumbar complex
  • Quickly correlate multiple positive tests to ascertain a correct assessment of lumbar dysfunction

Course Instructors

Jim Herman

PT, MPT, MS, CIMT


Jim received his Masters degrees in Kinesiology and Physical Therapy from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 1997 and 2000 respectively. As a graduate assistant at UNLV, he instructed anatomy and physiology lab sections as well as courses in fitness walking and aquatics. Since graduating, Jim spent two years teaching spinal orthopaedics and pathological conditions as an adjunct instructor in the Physical Therapy Assistant program at Henry Ford Community College. Clinically, Jim has worked primarily in outpatient orthopaedics, including five years with Patrick Hoban at Probility Physical Therapy. Recently, Jim relocated to South Carolina and is supervisor of Blythewood Physical Therapy. He joined Great Lakes Seminars in 2003 to assist with instruction of the Lumbar Complex, Sacroiliac, and Cervical Thoracic courses and has been a primary instructor for the past five years.

Jim Herman
Cheryl Hancock

Cheryl Hancock

PT, DPT, MSPT, CSCS, AT, PTA


Cheryl earned a Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy from Boston University and a Masters Degree at Neumann College, a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Athletic Training at Moravian College, and an Associate Degree in Physical Therapy at Lehigh County Community College. In addition to being a physical therapist, Cheryl is also a certified strength and conditioning specialist, an Ergonomic Specialist and has an extensive background in athletic training. Cheryl treats using manual therapy and dry needling techniques with emphasis on the body as a whole. Her treatment approach offers a comprehensive treatment to patients of all disciplines and moves beyond the symptoms to identify the barrier that limits motion and causes dysfunction. Ms. Hancock works with the design and implementation of strength and conditioning programs as well as core stabilization and activation. She has designed training videos that focus on proper mechanics and muscle activation utilized by the uprising athlete to the professional. Cheryl a is the owner of Core Physical Therapy, an outpatient orthopedic clinic in Danville, Va.

Course Outline

Saturday


7:30am

Continental Breakfast

8:00am

Lecture: Introduction and Principals of Treatment

9:30am

Lecture: Types of Dysfunctions

10:15am

Lecture: Review of Anatomy

11:00am

Lab: Assessment Techniques: Lumbar Dysfunctions & Soft Tissue

12:00pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:00pm

Lab: Palpation of Muscles

2:00pm

Lab: Lumbar spine assessment

3:45pm

Lab: Treatment Lumbar Spine: Leg Pull

4:30pm

Lab: Treatment of Lumbar Spine Flexion Dysfunctions

5:00pm

Lab: Review of Evidence-Based Literature

5:30pm

Adjourn

Sunday


7:30am

Continental Breakfast

8:00am

Lab: Treatment of Lumbar Spine Flexion Dysfunctions

9:30am

Lab: Treatment of Lumbar Spine Extension Dysfunctions

10:30am

Lab: Treatment of Lumbar Spine Type I Dysfunctions

11:00am

Lab: Review of Myofascial Release and Soft Tissue Mobilization

12:00pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:00pm

Lab: MFR and STM of Multifidus

1:30pm

Lab: Lab: MFR and STM of Quadratus, Lumborum, Piriformis, Psoas and Iliacus

3:15pm

Lab: Spinal Exercise Stabilization and Transverse Abdominus

4:00pm

Lab: Speed Mobilization and Clinical Application

4:30pm

Lab: Review of Evidence-Based Literature

5:00pm

Adjourn

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