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AMTA-IN welcomes Dr. Joe Muscolino: Clinical Orthopedic Manual Therapy (COMT) Techniques for the Thoracic Spine and Rib

Saturday, October 21, 2017, 9:00 AM


COURSE DESCRIPTION Clinical Orthopedic Manual Therapy (COMT) for the Thoracic Spine and Ribcage covers the major clinical orthopedic assessment and treatment techniques for the thoracic spine and ribcage. This course is a 2-day hands-on workshop. Day one begins with postural, orthopedic, and palpation assessment for the common neuromusculoskeletal conditions of the region, including upper crossed syndrome. We then cover body mechanics for deep pressure for working the thoracic spine and ribcage. With proper body mechanics, you will learn how the thoracic region can be worked deeply with little effort. Day two covers stretching, including arthrofascial stretching (AFS) techniques. We begin with basic stretching for the functional muscle groups of the thoracic spine and shoulder girdle and then learn how to target each specific muscle with multiplane stretching. We then cover advanced neural inhibition stretching techniques, including Contract Relax (PNF/PIR), Agonist Contract (the basis for AIS), and Contract Relax Agonist Contract stretching techniques. Day two concludes with AFS (soft tissue Grade IV joint mobilization for manual therapists), including traction, for the thoracic spine and ribcage. AFS is the only effective means of stretching specific hypomobilities. Clinical treatment strategy as well as precautions and contraindications are also covered. These manual therapy skills will empower you to do effective clinical orthopedic work. Throughout this hands-on workshop, Dr. Joe Muscolino reinforces the underlying mechanisms for each of the assessment and treatment techniques, encouraging critical reasoning skills. Clinical Orthopedic Manual Therapy for the Thoracic Spine and Ribcage is part of a larger Clinical Orthopedic Manual Therapy (COMT) Certification. The other hands-on workshops in this series cover the neck, low back / pelvis, upper extremity, lower extremity, and AFS. COURSE OBJECTIVES After attending this workshop, the participant will be able to: Explain and demonstrate the principles of using core body weight and larger muscle groups for efficient body mechanics.Perform postural, orthopedic, and palpation assessment tests for the thoracic spine and ribcage to determine the ability to safely perform deep pressure massage, stretching, and arthrofascial stretching (Grade IV joint mobilization).Explain the fundamental concepts of stretching and apply these concepts to the musculature of the thoracic spine and ribcage.Demonstrate how to stretch each of the functional muscle groups of the thoracic spine and ribcage.Explain and demonstrate how to stretch each of the muscles of the thoracic region and ribcage in multiple cardinal planes.Explain the physiologic basis for and demonstrate how to perform contract relax (CR; also known as PIR/PNF) stretching, agonist contract (AC) stretching, and contract relax agonist contract (CRAC) stretching techniques.Explain the physiologic basis for and demonstrate how to perform AFS of the thoracic spine and ribcage. Schedule: Friday 9-5 AMTA-Chapter Board Meeting - all amta members are welcome  Saturday Registration: 8:15am-8:45am  Class hours:  9-6 Sunday Registration 8:15-8:45  Class Hours: 9-6 DETAILED TIME LINE Following is the usual time line for this workshop. Note: This time line is often adjusted as needed based on the needs of the particular group. DAY ONE: Introductions: 15 min Introduction to the content of the class Introduction of instructor and workshop participants to each other Postural, orthopedic, and palpation assessment of the thoracic spine and ribcage: 120 min Postural assessment for upper cross syndrome, hypokyphosis, and scoliosis Orthopedic assessment for thoracic outlet syndrome Palpation assessment Break: 15 minBody mechanics and prone thoracic work: 60 min Work laminar groove musculature Orient core in line with stroke Keep elbow in Stack joints Work perpendicular to contour of client’s/patient’s body Maintain angle of elbow joint Lean in with body

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