Musculoskeletal Assessment and Treatment for Manual Therapists


About the Course:  
Pain stemming from muscle, tendon, or ligament injuries often brings with it a myriad of accompanying symptoms, including weakness, restricted movement, and structural imbalances. In the realm of manual therapy, practitioners are tasked with assessing and addressing these soft tissue dysfunctions to alleviate pain and restore optimal function. This course delves into the intricate art of soft tissue differential diagnosis, equipping manual therapists with the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively diagnose and treat musculoskeletal ailments.  

The course commences with an exploration of fundamental terminology and prevalent manual therapy techniques. Participants will review comprehensive orthopedic assessments covering the entire body. Course sections are structured to delve into typical tests utilized for differential diagnosis across major joints and their associated musculature. In addition, this course will provide manual therapy or stretching techniques for the positive result of a given dysfunction.

Learning Outcomes
Upon the completion of this course, the learner will be able to: 

  • Recognize orthopedic terminology utilized in the clinical setting.  
  • Distinguish between various manual therapy techniques. 
  • Identify various orthopedic tests used for differential diagnosis by manual therapists.
  • Recognize how to diagnosis common musculoskeletal disorders by utilizing orthopedic tests.
  • Differentiate appropriate manual treatment strategies for musculoskeletal diagnoses.

About the Author 
John Vinacci, over 20 years of experience in the health and wellness field as a massage therapist, personal trainer, and emergency responder. As a massage therapist, John has specialized in injury prevention and rehabilitation for sports professionals and MVA patients. John’s experiences in the health and wellness field as well as advanced techniques learned from acclaimed bodyworker Art Riggs have given him a vast body of knowledge with which to aid people of varying ages and activity levels. Currently, he is an instructor of kinesiology, anatomy and physiology, and ethics, using his knowledge to help educate the next generation of massage therapists.

How to Receive Credit

  • Read the entire course online or in print which requires a 2-hour commitment of time. 
  • After completion of the course, complete the final examination.  A passing grade of 75% is required. Test questions link content to learning outcomes 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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It is the policy of Colibri Healthcare, LLC not to accept commercial support. Furthermore, commercial interests are prohibited from distributing or providing access to this activity to learners. 

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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Colibri Healthcare, LLC is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (Provider #450215-06). Most states accept courses approved by this board.