About the Course

This focus of this course is to teach practitioners the need to know techniques for each region of the spine. Along with mastering these techniques you will also learn the practical knowledge needed to deliver them safely, and effectively. 

Course Title: Open Packed Spinal Manipulation Course

Open To: PT's, PTA's, SPT's (3rd year)

Course Fee: $400

Contact Hours Earned: 16

CEU’s: 1.6

CEU Approval #: CPTA #18-81

Instructional Method: 20% Lecture, 80% Lab

Materials provided: .OPSMC26 pen, link for power point (electronic version available for viewing at anytime) 

Dress code: Lab clothing with easy access to the spine

Student to Faculty: 

  • 1 Instructor
  • 0-2 lab assistants depending on size of class
  • Faculty-Student ratio: 1-8
  • We want all students to get the one-on-one attention necessary to master each technique. 



Program Schedule: Two-day course 16 total hours.

Day 1: 8:45 am-5:30 pm

8:45 am-11:15 am (includes 15 min break) Introduction to course objectives. Anatomy Review. Lecture covering screening, indications, precautions, and contraindications for use of spinal manipulation. Review clinical findings on effectiveness of techniques. Review Kinematics and handling for spinal manipulation techniques. Review diagnoses that respond well to techniques.

11:15 am-12:15 pm Lunch

12:15 pm-5:30 pm (includes 15 min break) Lab: Review Cervical manipulation techniques


Day 2: 8:45 am-5:30 pm 

8:45 am-11:15 am (includes 15 min break) Review Cervical manipulation from previous day Review Thoracic and Rib manipulation techniques

11:15 am-12:15 pm Lunch

12:15 pm-5:30 pm (includes 15 min break) Lab: Review Lumbar, SI, and Pubic Symphysis manipulation techniques


Learning Objectives:

  • Anatomy of spine
  • Current evidence on HVLA thrust manipulations
  • Kinematics for HVLAT
  • Indications, precautions, and contraindications
  • Review clinical screening for indication of HVLA
  • Diagnosis of spinal disorders that are indicated for HVLAT
  • Practitioner body mechanics, and patient handling
  • Comprehensive manipulation techniques for the whole spine