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Spinal Manipulation from Top to Bottom
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11/4/2017 to 11/5/2017
When: November 4-5, 2017
Saturday: 7:30am-5:30pm Sunday: 8:00am-5:00pm
Where: University of Minnesota - Children's Rehab Center (Room 202)
Minneapolis, MN 
United States
Contact: Seana Benting

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Speakers: Scott Brown, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, Cert. DN and Jeff Schmidt, PT, OCS, SCS, MTC, Cert. DN
Contact Hours: 15.5 contact hours (MN BPT Cat. 1)
Location: University of Minnesota, Children's Rehab Center, Room 202

About This Course

Fundamental to our profession, manual therapy has been shown to be effective in the management of multiple spinal disorders. We believe that PTs who utilize manual treatments are more passionate about their practice and frequently attain excellent outcomes. In this 15.5-hour, lab-intensive course, mobilization and manipulation techniques from the upper cervical spine to the sacrum will be presented in a comfortable environment. Whether participants are unfamiliar with more advanced mobilization and manipulation techniques or simply seeking to sharpen their skills, this course will be useful in a high percentage of an outpatient PT’s caseload. Two experienced instructors will be present for frequent feedback in a relaxed lab setting. We recommend having experience with spinal manipulation to attend this course.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
  • Understand the importance of evidence-based practice and impact on the use of manual therapy.
  • Learn the mechanisms by which manual therapy affects spinal disorders.
  • Understand the risks and benefits of cervical manual therapy and demonstrate proficiency with cervical and thoracic mobilization/manipulation techniques that can be implemented immediately into clinical practice.
  • Demonstrate proficiency with rib mobilization and manipulation techniques.
  • Understand simple testing for the SI joint to assist with manual therapy decision-making.
  • Demonstrate proficiency with lumbar mobilization and manipulation as well as positional biases.

Course Schedule


7:30am-8:00am            Registration

8:00am–8:15am           Introduction
8:15am–8:45am           Evidence Based Practice
8:45am–9:30am           Mechanisms of Manual Therapy
9:30am–10:30am         Manual Therapy for Cervical Disorders: Examination, Indications, and Precautions
10:30am–10:45am       Break
10:45am–11:30am       Cervical Spine Mobilization and Manipulation Lab
11:30am–12:00pm       Manual Therapy for Headaches
12:00pm–1:00pm         Lunch on your own
1:00pm–1:15pm           Morning review, questions
1:15pm–2:30pm           Upper Cervical Mobilization and Manipulation Lab
2:30pm–3:30pm           CT Junction Techniques
3:30pm–3:45pm           Break
3:45pm–4:30pm           First Rib Assessment, Mobilization and Manipulation
4:30pm–5:30pm           Neck, CT Junction, and 1st Rib Manipulation “Round Robin”
8:00am–8:15am           Day 1 Review and Questions
8:15am–9:00am           Manual Therapy for Thoracic Disorders: Assessment, Indications and Precautions
9:00am–10:00am         Upper and Middle Thoracic, Rib Techniques
9:45am–10:30am         Thoracolumbar Junction Manipulation Techniques
10:30am–10:45am       Break
10:45am–11:30am       Thoracic Spine and Rib “Round Robin”
11:30am–12:00pm       Manual Therapy for Lumbar Disorders: Assessment, Indications and Precautions
12:00pm–1:00pm         Lunch on your own
1:00pm–1:30pm           Morning review, questions
1:30pm–3:00pm           Lumbar Manipulation Techniques
3:00pm–3:30pm           Practical SI Joint Assessment
3:30pm–3:45pm           Break
3:45pm–4:30pm           SI Joint Assessment Manipulation and  Mobilization
4:30pm–5:00pm           Skill Repetition and Assessment

Speaker Biography 

Jeff graduated from St Louis University in 1991 giving him over 20 years of experience in both inpatient and outpatient physical therapy. In 2000, he became certified by the University of St. Augustine, FL as a manual therapist and in 2006 he became a certified orthopedic specialist through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. In 2011, Jeff became a Sports Certified specialist through the same organization. In addition, Jeff was a member of the core faculty for Sanford Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency program where the first resident began in August 2012. He has a strong interest in clinical research, with his first study being published in 2012. He is the founder and president of Orthopedic Physical Therapy Specialists, LLC, a Physical Therapy education and consulting company established in 2012. He currently works in an outpatient setting in Kalispell, MT.

Scott graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007 with a doctorate in physical therapy. He is currently employed as a Physical Therapist at Sanford Power Physical Therapy in Fargo, ND and sees a variety of orthopedic diagnoses with a special focus on spinal disorders in athletes. He has been involved in the development of the Sanford North Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency program and contributes as adjunct faculty. He is actively involved in the research team as well. He became an orthopedic certified specialist in 2011 as issued by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties and sports certified specialist in 2015. In 2016 he became certified in dry needling through the Spinal Manipulation Institute. His special interests include evaluation and treatment of the spine as well as teaching/ education for students, physical therapy residents, and physical therapists. He has presented at multiple sports medicine symposiums as well as community events. He is a co-founder of Orthopedic Physical Therapy Specialists, LLC and the vice president. 

Registration Information

Who should attend this course: PTs, SPTs
Registrants: Enrollment in this course is limited to 24 participants
Registrants are asked to wear comfortable clothes for the class.
Registration Prices:
PT Member SPT Member PT Nonmember SPT Nonmember
$405 $295 $455 $345

Cancellations: Except for medical emergencies, cancellations two weeks before the course will be completely refunded, cancellations one to two weeks before the course will be refunded at the rate of 50%, and cancellations less than a week before the course will not be refunded. 

Questions: Please contact the MNPTA office with any questions at:

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