Do your treatment sessions feel disorganized?
Example 1: Do you prioritize therapeutic exercise or manual therapy first in your treatment session? The answer is manual therapy. If you are currently squeezing manual therapy into the end of a treatment session, STOP! The manual therapy needs to be performed early in the treatment so that changes in mobility or tissue extensibility can be sustained with motor control exercises afterward.
Example 2: After your manual techniques do you choose to perform motor control exercises, power based movements, or strength training? and Why? The answer is motor control exercises. After a manual therapy technique has corrected a mobility deficit, we need to sustain those changes with motor control/movement retraining exercises. Once the motor control is achieved, then the patient can progress to power and strength based training.
This treatment paradigm is taught in the OPTIM COMT Course.
Feel free to download it and use it in your practice.
Our mission is to transform physical therapists into experts in neuromuscular examination and treatment. Originally based out of Houston, Texas, OPTIM now has instructors practicing in Arizona, Colorado, and Washington. We offer a Certification in Orthopedic Manual Therapy (COMT) and a Manual Therapy Fellowship (FAAOMPT).
OPTIM hosts courses in:
Dallas, TX (begins June 2017)
St. Louis, MO (begins September 2017)