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Manipulation with integration of therapeutic exercise for patients with neck pain with mobility deficits: A hands-on course for physical therapists

Kenneth A. Olson PT, DHSc, OCS, FAAOMPT

Co-owner and President, Northern Rehab Physical Therapy Specialists, DeKalb, IL, USA

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Part-time Faculty, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL

Date: 11/02/2018

Time: 9:00 AM-4:00 PM

Location:Modern University for Technology and Information (Transportation will be provided) 

This course will focus on the manual physical therapy examination and treatment of cervical spine and thorax with integration of an evidence-based manual physical therapy approach to address mobility deficits.  


Key manual examination, mobility, and screening procedures will also be instructed to assist in determination of the best interventions for patients with mobility deficits. 


Emphasis will be placed on instruction of thrust and non-thrust manipulation techniques with integration of specific therapeutic exercises to address impairments of the cervical spine and thorax. 


This course is intended for physical therapists with intermediate to advanced manual therapy skills and knowledge.




At the completion of this lab session, the participants will be able to:

  • Safely and effectively perform selected cervical and thoracic manipulation (thrust and non-thrust) techniques

  • Perform manual examination procedures for the cervical spine and thorax to assist in determination of indications and contraindications for manipulation techniques and therapeutic exercises.

  • Instruct and perform therapeutic exercises for cervical and thoracic impairments.

  • Demonstrate effective clinical decision-making for treatment of patients with neck and thoracic pain with mobility deficits. 

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