Fundamental Manual Physical Therapy Interventions

Des Moines, IA US
October 9, 2015 to October 10, 2015


  • $99

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Manual physical therapy is an important dimension of physical therapy practice. This laboratory-based course will focus on the fundamentals of manual physical therapy that are applicable in various physical therapy practice settings. A foundational set of manual physical therapy interventions and manual therapy clinical reasoning that is informed by recent evidence will be taught. Instruction on interventions for the spine and extremities will be provided including joint and soft tissue mobilization, manipulation, mobilization with movement, muscle energy, trigger point, strain counterstrain, and instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization. Interventions and clinical reasoning will be instructed with consideration of orthopaedic, neurological, and geriatric populations and selected based on current evidence.

Target Audience

This lab is suited for physical therapists (PTs) who are currently practicing manual therapy but is looking to update and improve upon their skills. It is also suited for the PT who may not routinely use manual therapy, has switched practice settings, or is in a non-orthopaedic setting where manual therapy may be underutilized.


  1. Identify manual therapy precautions, treatment parameters, and screening considerations as assessed by discussion.
  2. Practice manual therapy interventions safely and effectively as assessed by lab partner short-term response to treatment. 
  3. Demonstrate selected manual therapy techniques informed by evidence as assessed by instructors.


 Friday, October 9 
7:30 amRegistration and Breakfast
8 amIntroduction
Clinical Reasoning Considerations for Manual Therapy Intervention
Cervical Assessment and Intervention
Scapulohumeral Assessment and Intervention
12 pmLunch 
1 pmUpper Extremity Assessment and Intervention
Thoracolumbar and Pelvis Assessment and Intervention
6 pmAdjourn


Saturday, October 10 
7:30 amBreakfast
8 amContinuation of Thoracolumbar and Pelvis Intervention
Hip Assessment and Intervention
11:30 amLunch
12:30 pmKnee Assessment and Intervention
Ankle/Foot Assessment and Intervention
3 pmAdjourn

* Agenda is subject to change. In each body region, selected joint and soft tissue mobilization, mobilization with movement, muscle energy, trigger point, strain counterstrain, and instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization techniques will be instructed. Manipulation techniques will be taught for the thoracic and lumbar spine, hip, and ankle. 

Lab Clothing

Each participant's body must be accessible for observation and application of manual interventions. Sports bra, tank top, or halter top and shorts are appropriate for women. Shorts or swim trunks for men. Please refrain from wearing large or sharp jewelry. While every effort is made to keep the lab at a comfortable temperature, if you chill easily please bring a sweater or jacket. Please notify the instructor if there are special circumstances that prohibits wearing requested laboratory attire. 



Shane McClinton, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT
Physical Therapist, Physical Therapy Clinic and Assistant Professor, Post-Professional Doctor of Physical Therapy, Des Moines University


  • PhD candidate, Orthopaedic and Sports Science Program – Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions, Provo, UT
  • Fellowship in Manual Physical Therapy, Regis University, Denver, CO
  • Post Professional Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT), Des Moines University, Des Moines, IA
  • Masters of Science in Physical Therapy (MSPT), Des Moines University, Des Moines, IA

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Continuing Education Credit

Certificates of attendance will given for 15.0 continuing education contact hours.

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Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 15.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
10/09/2015 - 8:00am CDT
Event ends: 
10/10/2015 - 3:00pm CDT
Des Moines University
3200 Grand Avenue
Academic Center 215
Des Moines, IA 50312
United States

Available Credit

  • 15.00 CE Contact Hour(s)


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