Good Clinical Reasoning or Good Hands: Which is Better?

Some people think that manipulation is one of the hardest skills to obtain in physical therapy education. I would like to challenge that and say that clinical reasoning is one of the hardest skills to achieve. When I teach, I often use the example of my eight-year-old. Believe it or not, I have taught him… Continue reading Good Clinical Reasoning or Good Hands: Which is Better?

Abstract of The Week: Effects of stretching exercises for posture correction

With my 20th PT Class Reunion coming up this year, I’ve been feeling a little nostalgic—reflecting on the good old days of Gross Anatomy lab, the camaraderie with classmates, and an abundance of time dedicated to establishing a foundation in physical therapy. One of the fundamentals we learned, of course, was how to assess correct posture. We… Continue reading Abstract of The Week: Effects of stretching exercises for posture correction

Neurodynamic Testing of the Upper Extremity in the Scanning Examination

Tomorrow, Sunday, January 29 at 2:00 pm EST, NAIOMT Instructor Terry Pratt, MS, PT, COMT, FAAOMPT will be broadcasting live from his Cervical Spine course in New York City, demonstrating Neurodynamic Testing of the Upper Extremity in the Scanning Examination, and addressing the median nerve, Carpal Tunnel and radiculopathy. The broadcast will be approximately 5-10… Continue reading Neurodynamic Testing of the Upper Extremity in the Scanning Examination

3 Stress Tests of The Lumbar Scan

One week from today on Thursday, January 26 at 9:15pm EST, NAIOMT instructor Stacy Soappman will be hosting a free Facebook Live broadcast: 3 Stress Tests of The Lumbar Scan. The 10- to 15-minute online session will be hosted from our NAIOMT Facebook page and will address: – compression overload – PA pressure – torsion test Stacy will discuss what constitutes… Continue reading 3 Stress Tests of The Lumbar Scan

Abstract of the Week: Turning a Negative Into a Positive

Abstract of The Week: Negative Neurodynamic Tests Do Not Exclude Neural Dysfunction in Patients With Entrapment Neuropathies by Larissa T. Baselgia, MSca, David L. Bennett, PhDb, Robert M. Silbiger, MScc, and Annina B. Schmid, PhDb. We chose this abstract to highlight this week because ULTT are commonplace in clinical practice. As with all tests, sound clinical reasoning is imperative… Continue reading Abstract of the Week: Turning a Negative Into a Positive

Abstract of The Week: The effect of direction specific thoracic spine manipulation on the cervical spine: a randomized controlled trial

Admittedly, we didn’t have to search too hard to find this particular Abstract of the Week, as its authors include NAIOMT faculty. Thus, it goes without saying that we find this an important topic to research, read about and discuss. The effect of direction specific thoracic spine manipulation on the cervical spine: a randomized controlled trial by Steve Karas,… Continue reading Abstract of The Week: The effect of direction specific thoracic spine manipulation on the cervical spine: a randomized controlled trial

Abstract of the Week: The effects of a standardized belly dance program on perceived pain, disability, and function in women with chronic low back pain.

Alright, this week’s abstract isn’t your average study. And while I know that an “N” of one does not hold a lot of statistical power, I still think this one warrants a quick read. Why? Let me tell you. For one, how could you resist reading an article discussing the influence of belly dancing on decreasing chronic… Continue reading Abstract of the Week: The effects of a standardized belly dance program on perceived pain, disability, and function in women with chronic low back pain.