Musculoskeletal Monday: It’s All About Balance

Balance has been one of my favorite areas to study and teach. I remember first learning how balance is integrated through multiple systems and I was amazed that, as humans, we could stand upright without falling over. The statement that “gait is a series of controlled falls” was used by many professors, and I could… Continue reading Musculoskeletal Monday: It’s All About Balance

Ipsolateral & Contralateral Locking for The Lumbar Spine

In the manual therapy video below, NAIOMT’s Kathy Stupansky, PT, DSc, OCS, FAAOMPT demonstrates ipsolateral and contralateral locking from below for the lumbar spine. To gain deeper understanding of the lumbopelvic spine and how that knowledge can help you in the clinic, join us for: Slippery Rock, PA – October 7-8 – Lumbopelvic Spine Portland, ME – Oct 14-15… Continue reading Ipsolateral & Contralateral Locking for The Lumbar Spine

Great Expectations (Of Patients)

What do you do when a patient comes in and is disappointed that they are not better? When they are unhappy with the progress and are still in pain? When they seem to be losing faith in you and your treatment? This is something I’ve experience recently, and it got me thinking about the importance… Continue reading Great Expectations (Of Patients)

How To Have Your PT Career (And Enjoy It Too!)

Most physical therapists I have met over the years have similar reasons for entering the field and practice: The willingness to help others. But somewhere along the line, that passion can get lost. We get caught up in other entities of the job and lose sight of what we entered the practice for. There are productivity… Continue reading How To Have Your PT Career (And Enjoy It Too!)

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

Abstract of The Week: Upper cervical instability associated with rheumatoid arthritis

This week, we recommend taking a look at the following abstract: Upper cervical instability associated with rheumatoid arthritis: a case report. Here’s why we think it matters:   Put simply, it really highlights the importance of good clinical reasoning. The patient in this case was not even referred to PT for “neck pain,” she was referred… Continue reading Abstract of The Week: Upper cervical instability associated with rheumatoid arthritis

Good Enough vs. The Courage to Innovate in Manual Therapy

I have been going through an interesting stage of my career where I have ended up shifting all aspects of my care and treatment for patients.  I have a different approach, not necessarily by choice, but by evolution. At one point in my career, Cliff Fowler, MCSP, MCPA, FCAMPT taught me a technique that revolutionized my practice.… Continue reading Good Enough vs. The Courage to Innovate in Manual Therapy