Manual therapy for the cervicothoracic complex is an important tool used every day in the management of neck pain.  However, with so many different philosophical approaches it can be challenging for clinicians to understand which techniques are best.  This course will review general philosophical approaches to manual therapy for neck pain.  A process using primary clinical findings will be outlined to drive manual therapy decision making.   This will be followed by examples of specific techniques targeted to the cervicothoracic spine which are easy to apply and provide immediate changes in patient outcomes.  Ultimately, this course aims to demystify much of the dogma used to justify manual therapy interventions in the cervicothoracic spine and provide practical decision making tools to decide on specific techniques.

Level of Instruction:  Intermediate


Course Objectives

  • Identify three primary philosophical approaches to manual therapy for the cervical spine
  • Describe two clinical findings which will influence clinical decision making for neck pain
  • Describe 4 manual therapy techniques and the expected outcome for each
  • Identify appropriate supportive exercises for a given manual therapy technique
  • Describe expected short and long term outcomes for a given patient

Course Agenda

  • Philosophical approaches to manual therapy in the cervicothoracic complex
  • Brief review of evidence for manual therapy in the cervicothoracic complex
  • Decision making in cervicothoracic manual therapy
  • Review of specific techniques for cervicothoracic disorders
  • Prescription of supportive exercises for cervicothoracic manual therapy
  • Evaluating short and long term outcomes



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 recently earned a Ph.D. at Nova Southeastern University with research interests 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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