Faculty: Timothy W. Flynn PT, PhD, OCS, FAAOMPT, FAPTA
Dr. Flynn is board certified in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy (OCS), a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (FAAOMPT), a Fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association (FAPTA) and a frequent presenter at state, national, and international meetings. Dr. Flynn is widely published with over 90 peer-reviewed manuscripts on musculoskeletal disorders and chronic spinal pain. He has received numerous professional awards. Dr. Flynn is a past President of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists and an Editor for the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy (JOSPT). He currently is a Professor of Physical Therapy at South College, TN.
Course Description: There is an epidemic of pain in modern society and physiotherapists have a large role in reversing this epidemic and creating healthier populations. This course is designed to refine our hands on manipulation skills in a framework of modern pain sciences. Developing exceptionally caring hands, keen listening skills, and empowering patient messages are all part of the package of effective clinical care. Understanding the role of poor breathing in persistent pain states provides a framework to utilize manipulation skills to foster healthy breathing across a spectrum of complaints in patients with persistent pain. This workshop will provide participants with improved manual and patient language skills and motivate them to make a difference in their community around the management of musculoskeletal pain disorders.
Instructional Methods: Lecture, Laboratory, and Small Group Discussion & Role Play
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the course the participants will be able to:
- Confidently perform using minimal force several key mid cervical and thoracic spine & ribcage manipulation techniques.
- Understand and apply a more wholistic use of pain education and spinal manipulation to assist in treating patients with persistent pain.
- Describe the mechanisms & neurology of normal breathing and the how we integrate this into our manual therapy and exercise interventions.
- Confidently communicate with patients, physicians, and community members about the nature of the pain epidemic in their community.
- Develop one new care plan for a current patient with persistent pain that is failing to thrive.