Orthopedic Manual Therapy of the Upper Body

About the Course:
Modern Manual Therapy has changed a lot in the past decade. Some therapists are even questioning the need for hands-on therapy. While patient education and exercise therapy are paramount, many patients present to physical or occupational therapy expecting hands-on care. If you want to be a leader in orthopedics and hands-on treatment, this course provides the most up- to-date research to incorporate soft tissue treatment with joint mobilizations and exercise therapy. Topics in this course include Pain Science Education, Cupping & IASTM, joint mobilizations, the BPS model, exercise therapy, and bridging the gap between rehab and fitness. This course is ideal for therapists and athletic trainers who want to enhance their manual skills to help their patients with pain in the upper body. A variety of treatment techniques are expounded upon with the use of extensive videos for demonstration. Get comfortable treating the thoracic region, the shoulder, the elbow, and the wrist/hand.

Course Objectives:
  1. Identify appropriate components of a complete orthopedic evaluation of the upper body.
  2. Recognize comprehensive, integrated manual therapy treatments for most common movement disorders in the upper body.
  3. Recognize benefits of including pain science education and BPS model for a holistic treatment approach.
  4. Identify patient’s drivers of pain and disability.
  5. Identify indications and contraindications for manual therapy, including mobilization/manipulation, IASTM and cupping.
  6. Recognize the effects of IASTM and Cupping, based on our understanding of the effects of this type of treatments.
  7. Select treatment that integrate IASTM and cupping with active movement to improve mobility and function of the upper body.
  8. Recognize proper progressions of introductory tool/cupping techniques to more advanced movement-based techniques.
  9. Recognize difference in restrictions between joint restrictions and soft tissue restrictions and the appropriate manual therapy techniques for each.
About the Instructor:
Pieter L. de Smidt, PT, DPT, MDT, MTC 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.

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