This intermediate level seminar is designed to provide the clinician with a systematic approach towards the management of cervical spine disorders.


The course includes updates and insights on functional anatomy and biomechanics to develop a clinically driven knowledge base that respects current evidence and novel principles. This lab-intensive course will serve as a springboard to acquire expert level manual therapy skills appropriate for the most common to the most challenging patients with cervical spine disorders. Diagnosis specific manual techniques with relevant motor learning methods will be practiced to manage soft-tissue lesions and joint restrictions associated with myofascial pain syndrome, articular derangement, somatosensory control issues, and peripheral and central sensitization. The clinician will gain appreciation of an eclectic treatment approach that complements current methods by building upon motor control principles and manual therapy skills that are supported by evidence and outcomes. A detailed course manual with illustrations and step-by-step instructions is provided to enhance competence and comprehension. All course participants will have the opportunity to establish a skill and knowledge base that facilitates hypothesis-oriented clinical decision making. Students will learn to develop a treatment program, which incorporates a balanced approach to restoring functional mobility and achieving pain relief to meet the patients’ expectations and garner respect from referral sources.

Course Objectives

- Understand movement based approach to neuromusculoskeletal conditions of the cervical spine

- Develop competency in a systematic clinical assessment of the cervical spine to identify dysfunctional movement patterns and postural imbalances

- Establish competency with application of evidence-informed somatosensory control and pain-science models

- Realize systematic clinical process for medical screening and pre-treatment risk assessment

- Appreciate the role of the neuromuscular system and myofascial chains in postural control and cervical stability.

- Develop a progressive exercise and retraining program that gets results through reactivation of postural control and functional movement patterns

- Develop skill-based approach to manual therapy and motor learning. Perform soft tissue and joint specific mobilizations to restore segmental mobility and relieve pain.

- Identify the influence of the kinematic chain for cervical spine and upper quadrant function

Course Schedule

DAY 1 

07:00 - 08:00 Registration
08:00 - 09:00 Introduction
09:00 - 10:00 Movement Science Approach
10:00 - 10:15 Break
10:15 - 12:30 Clinical Examination Concepts
12:30 - 01:30 Lunch
01:30 - 03:30 Clinical Examination Lab
03:30 - 03:45 Break
03:45 - 05:00 Clinical Patterns
05:00 - 06:00 Case Studies


08:00 - 10:00 Motor Control
10:00 - 10:15 Break
10:15 - 12:30 Motor Control & Endurance Testing
12:30 - 01:30 Lunch
01:30 - 02:30 Management Strategies
02:30 - 03:30 Functional Techniques Lab
03:30 - 03:45 Break
03:45 - 06:00 Restorative Techniques Lab


08:00 - 09:00 Management Strategies
09:00 - 10:00 Junction Manipulations
10:00 - 10:15 Break
10:15 - 12:00 Exercise Lab
12:00 - 01:00 Lunch
01:00 - 02:00 Neurodynamics Lab
02:00 - 03:00 Review and Questions 



Who Should Attend

Physical Therapists
Physician Assistants
Occupational Therapists
Athletic Trainers