A lack of thoracic mobility can have broad clinical implications and evidence suggests addressing mobility in this region may be beneficial for those with shoulder, neck and lower back pain.  However, this region can be challenging to treat.  Enhancing mobility can be difficulty due to the intimate architecture of the anatomy.  Also, improving mobility for patients can require awkward positions that may be challenging to assume.  This course will discuss the anatomy and basic mechanics of the thoracic region and review current evidence for interventions targeting this region.  Finally, practical manual therapy and self-mobilization concepts will be covered so the participant can take this information and apply it in practical way.  Upon conclusion of this webinar the attendee will have a better understanding of how thoracic mobility can have a broach influence on many different patient cases and new ideas on how to address it clinically.

Level of Instruction:  Intermediate 

Course Objectives

  • Identify three primary causes for decreased thoracic mobility
  • Identify four conditions associated with a lack of thoracic mobility
  • Describe 3 manual therapy techniques to address poor thoracic mobility
  • Describe 4 self-mobilization techniques to promote patient self-care to improve thoracic mobility

Course Agenda

  • Anatomy and basic mechanics
  • Associated impairments and conditions
  • Treatment approaches to improve thoracic mobility
  • Manual therapy techniques to improve thoracic mobility
  • Self-mobilization techniques to improve thoracic mobility



WILLIAM J. HANNEY, PT, PhD, ATC/L, CSCS, MTC is a clinician, researcher and educator who currently serves as an instructor at the University of Central Florida School of Physical Therapy where he teaches and conducts clinical research. Additionally, he maintains a clinical practice at Brooks Rehabilitation. Dr. Hanney earned his undergraduate degree from the University of West Florida for studies in Sports Medicine/Athletic Training and his Master and Doctor of Physical Therapy degrees at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. He earned a PhD. at Nova Southeastern University having conducted research in the treatment of cervicogenic pain. His clinical practice focuses on the treatment of orthopedic conditions with a special interest in core stabilization and muscular control. He is an experienced educator, clinician and author having presented/published nationally in the areas of biomechanics, rehabilitation and sports medicine. Dr Hanney maintains involvement in the APTA, the National Strength and Conditioning Association, The American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists and the National Athletic Trainers Association.


Contact Hours: 1.5

Price: $49


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