Seminar: Practical Orthopedic Shoulder Manual Therapy

Course Details: This course is offered by Balance Physical Therapy & Human Performance Center, Inc. and instructed by Matthew S.Thomason DPT, OCS, CFMT, FFMT, CMPT, FAAOMPT. It is a combination of lecture, demonstration, and hands-on technique lab sessions to instruct the participant in traditional and novel assessment and treatment techniques for the shoulder region. Instructor to student ratio will vary depending on number of participants, but will be no greater than 16:1.

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In this is live hands-on seminar, you learn the most practical approaches for the evaluation and treatment of the shoulder. After completing this training, you walk away with immediate clinical applications.

Discover a comprehensive therapeutic approach for the evaluation and treatment of:

  • Chronic shoulder pain
  • Rotator Cuff Pathology
  • Biceps Tendonitis
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Impingement syndromes

The methods taught in this class effectively treat orthopedic conditions.

The seminar covers functional anatomy as it relates to the shoulder region and will include detailed instruction on inter-relatedness of structures and function, biomechanics, as well as traditional and novel treatment techniques for each aspect of the shoulder region.

This course offers a unique approach for management of common shoulder disorders that often frustrate both patients and clinicians alike. Learn how to take the most complex of patient presentations and break down the steps necessary to rehabilitate patients back to full function.

This seminar contains extensive hands-on sessions of all evaluation and treatment techniques, presented in a recovery-based manner for optimal patient outcomes.

Seminar Objectives:

  • Learn functional anatomy of the shoulder region and how each portion is inter-connected.
  • Discover how biomechanics dictate movement of each aspect of the shoulder region.
  • Enhance your differential diagnosis and clinical reasoning for common patient presentations with shoulder disorders.
  • Apply assessment techniques directed to each aspect of the shoulder reason to determine which structures are at fault, limiting the patient’s outcome.
  • Explore indications and contraindications for mobilization/manipulation techniques for the shoulder region.
  • Learn and apply (under supervision) treatment techniques for each portion of the shoulder region, that will include mobilization and manipulation.
  • Find out how to direct home programs tailored toward findings during assessment and treatment portions of the course, allowing patients to maintain gains made with these concepts.


Daily Timeline

Day 1 Live

08:00 – 8:30 Registration
08:30 – 09:00 Welcome and course overview
09:00 – 09:30 Introduction of concepts related to biomechanics of the shoulder region.
09:30 – 10:30 Functional anatomy and biomechanics of the clavicular region
10:30 – 11:00 Differential diagnosis of clavicular pathology
11:00 – 12:00 Assessment of sternoclavicular and acromioclavicular function
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch
13:00 – 14:00 Manual treatment of the sternoclavicular and acromioclavicular joints
14:00 – 14:30 Home program instructions for clavicular dysfunction
14:30 – 15:00 Posture and its effects on shoulder disorders
15:00 – 16:00 Functional anatomy and biomechanics of the scapula
16:00 – 16:30 Differential diagnosis of scapular pathology
16:30 – 17:30 Assessment of scapular function
17:30 – 18:00 Review of material and/or case presentations

Day 2 Live

08:00 – 08:30 Review and Q&A
08:30 – 09:30 Manual treatment of the scapula
9:30 – 10:30 Home program instructions of scapular dysfunction
10:30 – 11:30 Functional anatomy and biomechanics of the glenohumeral system
11:30 – 12:00 Differential diagnosis of glenohumeral pathology
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch
13:00 – 14:00 Assessment of glenohumeral function
14:00 – 15:00 Manual treatment of the glenohumeral joint
15:00 – 15:30 Home program instructions of glenohumeral dysfunction
15:30 – 16:00 Review of material, Q&A, and/or case presentations

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This two-day seminar is designed with novice and expert clinicians in mind.  Instruction will incorporate timeless principles with novel concepts and treatments to help all clinicians enhance their daily approach to managing patients’ shoulder disorders.  The concepts provided are immediately applicable within the clinic on the next day.

What is the function of the shoulder? How do we best improve that function for our patients? Discover special techniques in shoulder manual therapy in our upcoming 2-day seminar at Balance Physical Therapy.

Matthew S. Thomason DPT, OCS, CFMT, FFMT, CMPT, FAAOMPT is coming in to Balance PT to our Monterey location to share his knowledge about the shoulder and techniques of shoulder manual therapy. This special session takes place on September 8 – 9, 2018.

Dr. Thomason has created this customized seminar to instruct participants in functional anatomy, biomechanics, assessment, and interventions (including mobilization/manipulation) for the shoulder and shoulder girdle. Learn how to manage one of the more difficult regions of the body, restoring your patients back to their lifestyle of choice. Join us as we make the shoulder great again!

Lab Attire:

Men will need to be shirtless at times during the course and women will need to have enough exposure (i.e. bathing suit tops, camisoles, etc.) without being too restrictive (i.e. cumbersome sports bras).

Price: $500
10% discount when two or more sign up from the same clinic
20% discount if you’re a student
Please request the promo codes if you qualify for these discounts. Contact Jessica at [email protected]

Dates: Saturday, September 8, 2018 from 8am to 6pm and Sunday, September 9, 2018 from 8am to 4pm
*NOTE: This seminar is for licensed practitioners and students only. Must provide proof.

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Cancellation Policy: For cancellations up to 14 days prior to the course there is a $100.00 penalty. For cancellations less than 14 days prior to the course, there are no refunds or transfers of any type. All cancellations must be received in writing. In the event the instructor cancels the course, a full refund will be given. Neither the instructor nor Balance Physical Therapy & Human Performance Center, Inc. is responsible for the cost of non-refundable airline tickets or other travel expenses.