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

Atlantoaxial Mobility Non-articular Cervical Dysfunction Assessment

In the manual therapy video below, NAIOMT faculty member Ann Porter Hoke demonstrates how to accurately assess mobility in the cervical spine differentiating between actual ROM and ROM restricted by muscle guarding. If you have questions and want to take your clinical reasoning and manual therapy skills to the next level, join us in person for… Continue reading Atlantoaxial Mobility Non-articular Cervical Dysfunction Assessment

New Season, New Skills: Advanced Spinal Manipulation

We know. It’s tough to say goodbye to summer-–especially with all that inspiring #Summer of Move action happening across the country. Untangling my mind. OC1 paddling in powerful, playful water at Deception Pass. #SummerOfMOVE #BaseCampAC @LindsayGE @FreeTheYoke pic.twitter.com/MHMpDat9Ii — Dave Bond (@DavidBondDPT) August 21, 2017 Hiking in Glacier National Park! #FreetheYoke #moveitorloseit #summerOFMOVE pic.twitter.com/pgiTQEq7A9 — Hana Bucholz… Continue reading New Season, New Skills: Advanced Spinal Manipulation

Abstract of the Week: Whiplash Injury or Concussion?

This week, we take a look at Whiplash Injury or Concussion? A Possible Biomechanical Explanation for Concussion Symptoms in Some Individuals Following a Rear-End Collision from the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy. Elkin, et al. 2016 provide their biomechanical explanation for mechanism of injury of a concussion in a rear-end type collision. These authors specifically are looking at… Continue reading Abstract of the Week: Whiplash Injury or Concussion?

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

MVA Neck Pain: Is the facet joint the ‘driver’ of my patient’s symptoms?

Everyday, physical therapists are striving to be better at clinical decision making. But in patients with chronic neck pain, it can be challenging for therapists to select the right treatment at the correct time for optimum outcomes for the patient. Motor vehicle accident whiplash-associated disorders or chronic neck pain from other ‘traumas’ can be evaluated… Continue reading MVA Neck Pain: Is the facet joint the ‘driver’ of my patient’s symptoms?