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Spinal Manipulation: Demystifying & Mastering the Technique


Course Description:

Our Spinal Manipulation course is designed to enhance and further develop the knowledge and skills of physical therapists by building upon their entry level training in orthopedic manual therapy of the spine and pelvis. This course is based on the most recent and best available evidence regarding spinal assessment, screening, risk factors associated with manual therapy, safety, including precautions and contraindications, and the clinical implementation of spinal manipulation.

The history of spinal manipulation, informed consent, and different theories of how to apply proper spinal manipulation will be discussed to improve the clinician’s understanding of current topics in manual therapy. Discussion of other interventions such as therapeutic exercise, pain science, and education will be included in this course to ensure that clinicians are able to provide a multimodal treatment approach to spinal conditions that would benefit from spinal manipulative therapy.

The primary emphasis of this course is the safe and skillful application of manipulative therapy of the spine. Therefore, this course is a lab intensive seminar in order to achieve competence in performing high velocity low amplitude thrust procedures. Instructor to student ratio is monitored in order ensure quality supervision and feedback on safe performance of all procedures.

Course Objectives:

  • Demystify the delivery of spinal manipulation and associated cavitation or “pop” with HVLAT.
  • Utilize sound clinical reasoning skills and screening in order to determine if a patient is a candidate for manual therapy and HVLAT.
  • Develop proper psychomotor skills to confidently perform spinal manipulation in a safe and effective manner.
  • Master the use multiple levers/components to manufacture a pre-manipulative barrier for a safer application of a HVLAT to the cervical spine, thoracic spine, lumbar spine, rib cage sacroiliac joint and associated junctional zones in a way that avoids HVLAT at the end of patient’s range of motion.
  • Able to perform different types of thrust joint manipulation and possess the reasoning for selecting the type of manipulation for each joint or patient.
  • Recognize the current and best evidence for the implementation of spinal manipulation in clinical practice.
  • Knowledgeable in safety, precautions and contraindications to manual therapy and high velocity low amplitude thrust techniques in order to apply spinal manipulation safely in a clinical setting.
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  • Dr. Eric Jorde

    Dr. Eric Jorde is an orthopedic Physical Therapist at Direct Performance Physical Therapy in the Richmond Metropolitan area in Virginia. Dr. Jorde earned his Bachelors of Science degree in Biology from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh in 1998, his Master of Physical Therapy degree in 2001 and a Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2004 from Shenandoah University.

    Dr. Jorde's post graduate certifications include the following: Certification in Mechanical Diagnosis & Therapy (McKenzie Method) in 2004, Board Certified in Orthopedics (OCS designation) by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (2006), APTA Certified Clinical Instructor (2006), Direct Access to Physical Therapy Certification (2008), Certification in Spinal Manipulation by the Spinal Manipulation Institute of the American Academy of Manipulative Therapy (2011).

    Dr. Jorde has served as an adjunct faculty member of the School of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training at Old Dominion University and taught courses regarding spinal manipulation and Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy. He has taught a guest lecturer at Radford University Program in Physical Therapy regarding cervical spine Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy.

November 2, 2024
Sat 8:30 AM EDT
Old Dominion University Health Sciences Building 2 1019 W. 41st St. Norfolk VA 23529

Duration 8H 30M

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