Focused Spinal Manipulation Review and Manual Therapy of the Fascial System

January 24, 2020 - Jan 26 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Focused Spinal Manipulation Review:  As part of the current trend for evidence, thrust joint manipulation has become a focus of clinical research.  When tested in isolation, the research has been contradictory and overall, not representative of the success clinicians experience with its use.  There has been a recent trend towards a more general application of forces and subsequently, this risks an overuse of force that can result in less effective techniques, injury and therapists becoming too intimidated to use thrust joint manipulation.  In contrast, focused thrust joint manipulation is about precision and finesse and is a safe style of delivery and technique that physical therapists have played a leadership role in developing.  It is essential that it remain a mainstay of physical therapy patient/client management.  This one-day Focused Spinal Manipulation Review course is designed to increase physical therapists' knowledge and skills with spinal manipulation, emphasizing ergonomically efficient manipulation such that even PTs of smaller stature can safely and effectively deliver thrust techniques regardless of the size of the patient without causing themselves injury.  

Manual Therapy of the Fascial System:  This course examines the significant effect that manual therapy of the fascial system can have on patients/clients with orthopaedic conditions.  Current knowledge of fascial anatomy and physiology will be reviewed and participants will gain an appreciation for the far-reaching implications that dysfunction in the fascial system can have on range of motion, motor control, neurophysiology and the overall function of the patient/client.  This two-day course involves the practical application and integration of current knowledge in neurodynamics, myofascial release, neurophysiological techniques, mobilization/manual therapy and prescriptive exercise.  Participants will acquire practical experience in assessing function of the fascial system which they will be able to immediately integrate into their manual treatments.  Current literature and evidence will be reviewed.

Participants can choose to attend either course individually (Friday only, Saturday/Sunday only) or both courses together (Friday - Sunday).  




Outrigger Canoe Club

2909 Kalakaua Ave. 

Honolulu, HI  96815

Laurie McLaughlin, PT, DSc, FCAMPT, MCPA


Laurie McLaughlin is an instructor for the Canadian Physiotherapy Association and from 1999-2005, served as their chief examiner for the Orthopaedic Division.  She is currently an Assistant Clinical Professor at McMaster University and is on faculty with the North American Institute of Manual Therapy (NAIOMT).  Laurie is a member of the HaNSA (Head and Neck, Shoulder, Arm) Research Team at McMaster University, is on the Spine Expert Panel for the Ontario Ministry of Health and is one of the few non-surgeon members accepted into the Canadian Spine Society.  Laurie's clinic, ProActive Health, is located in Oakville, Ontario. 


Mieko Iwamoto


phone:  (808) 265-4731


Please register via google forms link or print out hard copy of registration form, included in the attached pdf file.  Please send registration form and/or payment to: 

Mieko Iwamoto

98-132 Keanae St. 

Aiea, HI 96701

Additional Information:    Downloadable PDF

Advertising Disclaimer:
This course is an advertisement and is not sponsored by HAPTA. HAPTA does not guarantee that the course listed is approved for CCUs by the State of Hawaii. Please contact the course sponsor or check with the Board of PT at DCCA for verification by calling (808) 586-3000.

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