Advanced Manual Therapy Concepts for the Spine

Course Description

This course focuses on an advanced approach to mobilization of all components of the spine, including the cervical spine, thoracic spine, ribs, lumbar spine and pelvis. It's advanced in that it teaches eclectic concepts and encompasses multiple treatment approaches, such as MET, PA’s, coupled/non-coupled mobilizations as well as combining mobilizations with movement.

This course is intended for Physical Therapists who already have a good understanding of at least one spinal treatment approach and who want to advance their understanding of several approaches to treatment of a given spinal dysfunction.

As with all of our seminars, this course is primarily lab based, with 25% lecture and 75% lab. The lecture component will review anatomy, biomechanics, dysfunction and treatment. It will also include discussion of the evidence for treatment in each area and its effect on the local and regional dysfunctions and pain.

Top Takeaways

  • Every patient responds differently to different mobilization approaches and techniques. This class is wonderful because it helps the clinician to try different concepts to find out which works best for each patient!
  • Many of us are taught that there is one best approach to treat the spine. If that were the case, everyone would use that one approach – but we don’t because there isn’t “one best way”. This course will give you an entire toolbox you can use to treat the spine.

Course Objectives

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

  • Correctly and independently state the premise mobilizations with muscle energy technique
  • Correctly and independently state the premise mobilizations with PA technique
  • Correctly and independently state the premise mobilizations with coupled/non-coupled technique
  • Correctly and independently state the premise mobilizations with mobilizations while moving technique
  • Correctly and independently identify and palpate three specific spinal levels the cervical spine

Course Instructors

Robert Bunnell

DPT, MED, CSCS, CIMT


Robert earned his Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science from Eastern Michigan University in 2010, where he also obtained his start in the health and wellness industry as a personal trainer. He went on to earn his CSCS through the National Strength and Conditioning Association in 2013 well as his Master's degree in Exercise Physiology from Cleveland State University in 2015. Robert ultimately earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2018 from D'Youville College in Buffalo, NY and has been a Certified Integrative Manual Therapist (CIMT) through Great Lakes Seminars since 2019. He is currently the director of an outpatient orthopedic clinic, treating a variety of orthopedic and neurological dysfunctions with specialization in post-surgical orthopedic rehabilitation as well as sport populations. Robert employs a diverse treatment approach utilizing a combination of joint mobilization techniques, muscle energy and myofascial release. He joined the Great Lakes Seminars team in 2022 after taking a number of the GLS courses and experiencing the effectiveness of these techniques with his patients. He continues to expand his knowledge in manual therapy through teaching and continuing education courses.

Robert Bunnell

Course Outline

Saturday


7:30am

Doors Open

8:00am

Lecture: Introduction - Overview of Mobilizations vs Manipulations

8:30am

Lecture: Key Concepts - Cervical Spine

10:30am

Lecture: Key Concepts - Thoracic Spine

11:00am

Lecture: Key Concepts - Lumbar and Sacral Spine

12:00pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:00pm

Lab - Cervical Spine

4:30pm

Review Questions and Self-Assessment

5:30pm

Adjourn

Sunday


7:30am

Doors Open

8:00am

Review Questions

8:30am

Lab - Thoracic Spine

10:45am

Lab - Lumbar Spine

12:00pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:00pm

Lab - Sacral and Pelvic

3:15pm

Review and Critique of Skill in Mobilization of Each Area

4:45pm

Questions, Post-Test and Course Evaluation

5:00pm

Adjourn

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