Continued Education Lectures

The main intent of these videos is to act as a supplement for therapists who have taken our continuing education courses. We ask that you receive personal instruction prior to applying, using, or instructing others in the content of these videos. Please reach out if you have any questions.


Day 1

The New Clinical Practice Model

Interplay Between Systems, Tissues, and Types of Presentations

Manual Skills – Palpation, Passive Movement Testing, and Manual Treatment 


Day 2

Questions Worth Thoughtful Responses That Further the Understanding of Holistic Patient Care

Introduction to Our Mentors and Originators of Our Foundation in OMT

Review and Clarification of the Basic Premises of Our Current Clinical Model

Building on the Basics Leading to Productive Finesse of Manual Treatment Variables

Soft Tissue Characteristics and Accessory Mobility Testing

Palpation, Passive Movement Testing, Manual Treatment for Inflammatory and Non-inflammatory Edema

Palpation, Passive Movement, Manual Treatment for Increased Muscle Tone and Mechanical Hypomobility

Day 3 

Intro to the Day, Overview and Interpreting Patient Profile

Intro and Patient Profile Continued, Interpreting Subjective Key Indicators

Interpreting Objective Key Indicators

Tying It Together. Clinical Intuition Leading To Efficient Interface 

Interpreting Active ROM and Resistance Testing Key Indicators

Intro to Ergonomics – Car Seat Eval

Mitigating Stresses During Sitting/Deskwork

Beds and Pillow Talk

Intro To Influencing Patient’s Expectations, Perspective, Buy-in and Behavior Part 1

Intro To Influencing Patient’s Expectations, Perspective, Buy-in and Behavior Part 2

Day 4 – Exercise and Training

Initiating Exercise – Concepts for Protecting Vulnerable MSK Tissues

Calming the Nervous System, Establishing Control, Body Sense, and Physical and Mental Toughness

Progression of the Initial Resisted Exercise Program

Initiating a Gym Program




Upper Quadrant with Focus on the Spine

Day 1

Basic Concepts through Screening Exam

Safety – U/C Stability Tests

Vertebral Artery Discussion

Neural Irritation – Nerve Root

Neural Irritation – Peripheral

Treatment Focus and Rx of Inflamed NR 

Discussion of Pt Management, Jt mechanics, Rx Focus, U/C Basics

TMJ, Head, Face

Valuable Verbal Exchange During Practice Session

Upper Cervical Mechanics – Sorting Out Rotation 0-C2-3

Testing O-C2-3 Flexion, Extension, Traction

U/C Soft Tissue Treatment

Day 2 

Intro to the Art of Intervention

A Few Words About Identifying Cervical Level Landmarks

A Few Words About Irritated Nerves

Axis of Motion and Plane of Resistance

Finessing O-A Flexion

C1-C2 Rotation Testing

Finessing C2-3 and Below Segmental Movement

Refining O-A Segmental Movement

Refining C1-2 Rotation Segmental Testing

Controlling Axis of Movement Through Feeling Leading to Artful Application of Treatment

Refining Segmental Testing C2-3 and Below

ST Treatment/Localized Joint Mobilization 0-CT Junction Spine

Finessing the Application of Manual Treatment

Hypermobility Discussion and Translation Testing Mid-C/S

Cervical Segmental Stabilization Exercises

Use of a Cervical Collar and Upper Quadrant Rhythmic Stabilization Exercises

Day 3

Transitioning from Intellectual to Sensory Driven Interface

Provocation-Alleviation Basics – Cervical Rotation

Clarifying Provocation-Alleviation Adding Cervical-Thoracic Flexion Testing

Coupled and Combined Movements

O-A Flexion Mobilization/Suboccipital Muscle Stretching

Review of Coupled and Combined Movements

Increasing Specificity by Utilizing Combined Movements From Above in the Cervical Spine

Refining Mobilization Utilizing Movements From Above

Increasing Specificity by Utilizing Combined Movements From Below in the Cervical Spine

Increasing Mobility of the Thoracic Cage Tissues in Prone

Increasing Mobility Specificity at the CT Junction/Upper Thoracic Cage Prone

Wedge Mobilization CT and Thoracic Segments

Wedge Mobilizations Upper-Mid Thoracic Segments

Bringing it Together

Day 4

Self Suboccipital Massage for Headache Management

Cup on Forehead Exercise for Headache Management

Sitting C6 + C7 Physiological Segment Testing

Sitting Thoracic Segment Testing Translation

Sitting Thoracic Segment Testing Flexion

Sitting Thoracic Segment Testing Extension

Soft Tissue Assessment and Treatment Scapulothoracic Muscles Prone

Soft Tissue Assessment and Treatment Scapulothoracic Muscles Side Lying

Soft Tissue Assessment and Treatment Scapulothoracic Muscles Supine

Soft Tissue Assessment and Treatment Scapula Thoracic Muscles Supine with Glens-Hum. Precautions

Self-Stretch Anterior Structures Scapulothoracic Muscles

Self Mobilization Thoracic Spine Regional Mobilization Using a Styrofoam Roll

Segment Specific Thoracic Mobilization

Segment Specific Self-Thoracic Mobilization Using the Mobilization Wedge

Prone Rib Specific Testing with Treatment Option

Supine Rib Specific Self Mobilization Using a Tennis Ball

Self Intercostal Muscle Stretching Using Gym Ball Upper and Lower Rib Cage

Beginning Thoracic Cage Self Mobilization Exercise with Prone and Supine Gym Ball

Soft Tissue Treatment to Intercostal Space Supine

Continued Manual Treatment For Intercostals Using Ice Massage and MFD

Dennis Morgan Hourly Thoracic Exercise/Frog on Ball Upper Spinal Strengthening

Scapular Depression Stabilization Exercise Sitting/Scap Protraction w/Push-Ups and Gym Ball

Upper Quadrant with Focus on the Extremity

Day 1


Anatomy Review – Scanning UQ Nerves

Treatment Sequence – Edema/Inflammation

S-C and A-C

Testing GH Glides

Clarifying production and assessing GH Glides #1

Clarifying production and assessing GH Glides #2

Selective tensioning of Rotator Cuff muscles

Exposing and palpation of the Rotator Cuff tendons

Specific manual treatment for Rotator Cuff “Tendinitis” connective tissue issues

Home program for Rotator Cuff connective tissue issues

Finding and addressing regional connective tissue changes

Finding and addressing regional connective tissue changes and initiating treatment to restore UQ motor function

Day 2 

Many topics focusing on the Clinical Content

Illusion of Anatomy. Palpation the orientation of the S-C, A-C, GH, and subcromial joints

Testing GH glides/accessory mobility

Assessing GH/shoulder physiologic movements

Targeting shoulder muscles with physiologic lengthening tests

Physiologic pump massage for the Supraspinatus

Physiologic pump massage for the Supra continued

Physiologic pump massage for the Infraspinatus

Physiologic pump massage for the Biceps

Physiologic pump massage for the Subscapularis

Preserving and restoring GH and Subacromial joint play

Advancing GH joint play treatment 

Using stabilization belts to enhance GH mobilization techniques

Mobilization to restore the upper limits of GH range

Restoring shoulder elevation range and initiating early elevation motor function. Restoring hand-behind-back range

Initiating neuromotor rehab in the Upper Quadrant

UQ rhythmic stabilization HEP and MRE to enhance function of the shoulder girdle muscles

Advancing trunk and shoulder girdle/UQ motor function

Advancing UQ elevation MRE

Day 3

Overview of treatment focus and the healing timeline

Ed Nickerson – Artfully addressing multifaceted aspects of the patient’s presentation short of the first stop

Ed Nickerson – Guiding early healing

Ed Nickerson – Progression of the rehab program

Ed Nickerson – Reading the direction and rate of change occurring. Finessing treatment application. Progressing program 6 weeks post op

Ed Nickerson – Easing towards strengthening at 12 weeks post-op. Motor activation while healing progresses

Ed Nickerson – Finessing the application of activation exercises. Progression at 3-6 weeks post-op

In clinic treatment to compliment a great home exercise program

Adding physiologic soft tissue work in supine

Sidelying manual treatment. Posting for better sleep. Resisted exercises for shoulder girdle muscles

Progressing to prone treatment to restore combined shoulder movements 

Restoring motor activation progressing to strengthening  

Progression of resisted exercises #1

Progression of resisted exercises #2

Progression of resisted exercises #3

Progression of resisted exercises #4

Progression of resisted exercises #5

Progression of resisted exercises #6

Progression of resisted exercises #7

Day 4

Case Studies – Using our model. Anatomy of the elbow, forearm, wrist, & hand

Quick palpation to scan & identify type & magnitude of the presentation

Neural palpation to scan for their potential contribution to the presentation

Biasing elbow PMT to differential structures

Sorting out pronation and supination restrictions

Sorting pronation and supination restrictions – continued 

Testing carpal mobility/stability

Adjusting intervention to match the presentation

Restoring elbow and forearm joint mobility

Wrist & Hand Lecture

Quick thoughts about wrist and finger extensor tendinitis, picking up edema & hyper mobility/loss of structural integrity, protecting structures from mechanical forces & wrap up 


Lower Quadrant with Focus on the Spine


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