Orthopedic Manual Therapy of the Cervical Spine: Video

About the course
This course is ideal for therapists and athletic trainers that want to enhance their manual skills to help their patients with pain in the cervical spine area. First, a hands-on treatment approach for patients with musculoskeletal disorders of the cervical spine should start with a comprehensive evaluation. When assessing a patient with pain in the cervical region, the neck, the upper back, and the entire upper dynamic chain should be reviewed.
This course covers a variety of treatment techniques and uses extensive videos for demonstration. Topics include Pain Science Education, Cupping & IASTM, cervical joint mobilizations, the BPS model, and progressive exercise therapy from isometrics to fitness and weightlifting. Get comfortable treating the upper cervical spine, the mid-cervical spine, and upper thoracic region.

Learning Objectives 
  • Identify indications and contraindications for manual therapy, including mobilization/manipulation, IASTM and cupping.
  • Recognize comprehensive, integrated manual therapy treatments for most common movement disorders in the Cervical spine.
  • Select treatments that integrate IASTM and cupping with active movement to improve mobility and function of the Cervical spine.
  • Recognize proper progressions of introductory tool/cupping techniques to more advanced movement-based techniques.
  • Recognize difference in restrictions between joint restrictions and soft tissue restrictions and the appropriate manual therapy techniques for each.
  • Identify when joint mobilization techniques for cervical spine are indicated and how these techniques reduce pain.
  • Select appropriate exercises and appropriate programming for patients in pain.
  • Recognize benefits of including pain science education and BPS model for a holistic treatment approach.
  • Identify patient’s drivers of pain and disability.
  • Recognize the effects of IASTM and Cupping, based on our understanding of the effects of this type of treatments.
  • Identify appropriate components of a complete orthopedic evaluation of the cervical  spine.
About the Author
Pieter L. de Smidt has over 30 years of experience as a Physical Therapist. He has achieved certifications in McKenzie Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy, Manual Therapy, and Sports Therapy. With his Post- Professional Doctorate in PT he specialized in management of musculoskeletal injuries of the spine & extremities. He passionate about combining hands-on treatment with pain science education.

Pieter L. de Smidt practices in his own clinic, “Reset-Wellness Physical Therapy & Medical Fitness”, in Houston, TX. He uses an evidence-based, integrated approach of manual therapy & exercise. The main focus for his practice is to bridge the gap between rehab and fitness by improving patient’s lifestyle choices through education and to incorporate strength & conditioning principles into physical therapy treatments.

How to Receive Credit
  • Read the entire course online or in print.
  • Answer the final examination questions at the end of the course. A passing grade of 75% is required. Test questions link content to learning objectives as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention.
  • Provide required personal information and payment information.
  • Complete the mandatory course evaluation.
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.
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The information provided in this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.

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