Neck pain is common and can be debilitating for many individuals.  While there are a multitude of manual therapy techniques patients often lack muscular strength, endurance and motor control that may lead to decreased stability and inhibited motor control of the cervicothoracic spine.  Specific therapeutic exercise tailored to improving strength, endurance and motor control may assist in decreasing pain and improving function.  This course will review the muscular anatomy and basic neuromuscular control pathways associated with cervicothoracic stability.  Key impairments will be identified and their resultant patho-mechanics.  The course will then present unique exercises to address the muscular imbalances.  Upon conclusion of the webinar, participants will better understand the influence of muscular imbalance in the cervicothoracic region and have a new exercises to assist with correcting these impairments.

Level of Instruction:  Intermediate

Course Objectives

  • Identify the role of local and global muscle system
  • Describe how muscle imbalance may influence movement and mobility
  • Identify 5 exercises to address muscle length restrictions
  • Identify 5 exercises to address inhibited muscle performance
  • Describe factors which influence compliance with a home exercise program.

Course Agenda

  • Muscular anatomy -Local muscle system -Global muscle system
  • Common adaptive changes -Adaptive shorting -Patterns of muscular weakness
  • Patho mechanical changes - Upper extremity influences -Sitting posture - ADLs.
  • Exercise based interventions -Facilitated stretching -Muscle performance deficits -Options for resistance -Tools to facilitate home exercise programs



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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