Join us for the FIRST and ONLY PAIN conference for Physical Therapists in the United States Read More »
Health and fitness professionals—learn how to optimize movement using the Feldenkrais Method®. This 5-hour workshop is on Feb. 15, 2014, in Cudahy, CA. Read More »
Anyone who has tossed and turned on an uncomfortable bed understands the impact of cushioning on a good night’s sleep. The same holds true for those who wake up with pain after sleeping on a poor pillow or endure a massage session on bad padding. Fortunately, there are plenty of products made specifically to provide proper support during times of relaxation and sleep. Read More »
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Book Reviews just posted by Kristen Kwiatkowski-Digwood, MSPT, DPT, CLT on the Advance for PT website. Read More »
Discover how healthy psoas muscles improve movement, stability, flexibility and balance with world-renowned movement educator Eric Franklin. Read More »
It is with great sadness The McKenzie Institute announces the passing of founder Robin Anthony McKenzie May 13, 2013 Read More »
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More products, more tools, more education – OPTP’s new Professional Catalog Vol. 32 is all about giving you more. Read More »
We are so excited to tell you about this new book called "Why Do I Hurt?" by Adriaan Louw, PT. Read More »
Robin was an Honorary Life Member of the APTA, a member of the International Society of the Study of the Lumbar Spine, a Fellow of the American Back Society as well as holding titles of distinction in New Zealand and the UK. He devoted over 40 years to developing a system of examination and treatment for non-specific spinal mechanical pain that has been recognized internationally and taught to thousands of clinicians worldwide. The McKenzie Institute® International, headquartered in New Zealand, is a not-for-profit organization conducting research, educational programs and certification through its 28 branches worldwide. Institute branches are the only sanctioned providers for training and certification in the McKenzie Method® of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy®.
Freddy M. Kaltenbornwww.iomtwoburn.com
Professor Freddy M. Kaltenborn introduced the principles of manual therapy throughout Europe in the 1950s and over the next five decades was instrumental in establishing this practice specialty throughout the world. His work laid the foundation for the International Federation of Manipulative Therapists (IFOMT) practice standards.
Diane Lee, PT, FCAMT, CGIMSwww.dianelee.ca
Diane is well known both nationally and internationally for her clinical work on thoracic, lumbar and pelvic (sacroiliac) dysfunction and has integrated the scientific research on lumbopelvic function into a clinical model for assessment and treatment. Her passion is helping women to restore their form and function after pregnancy and teaches other physiotherapists world-wide how to implement evidence based programs into their clinical practices.
Brian Mulligan, FNZSP, Dip MTwww.bmulligan.com
Brian originated and developed the concept of combining accessory mobilizations with physiological movements in the extremities (MWMS). In the spine, he promotes the use of natural apophyseal glides (NAGS) and sustained natural apophyseal glides (SNAGS). He received the prestigious International Service to The Profession Award from the WCPT and has been an international lecturer in manual therapy since 1972.
David Butler, B Phty, GDAMT, M App Sc, PTwww.noigroup.com
David is in high demand as a lecturer, educator and an accomplished author. He has written and co-written many publications, blending manual therapy skills with neurobiological evidence and clinical decision-making skills for the management of acute and chronic pain states. He maintains a lively presence on www.noigroup.com via ‘noi notes’ newsletters, ‘barefoot interviews’, podcasts and reviews, focusing on constantly updating therapists’ knowledge of pain management. The Neuro Orthopaedic Institute is an independent, international group of physical therapists dedicated to providing high quality, up-to-date educational resources on the topics of neurodynamics, manual therapy, pain management and health performance. Visit our website for North American and international course schedules, evidence-based lists, blogs supporting NOI products and other relevant resources.
Adriaan Louw, PT, PhD, CSMTwww.ispinstitute.com
Teaching post-graduate spinal manual therapy and pain science throughout the US and internationally since 1996, Adriaan has authored and co-authored numerous articles and book chapters related to spinal disorders and pain science. He is a Certified Spinal Manual Therapist and co-owner of the Ortho Spine and Pain Clinic.
Phillip S. Sizer Jr., PT, PhD, OCS, FAAOMPTwww.iaom-us.com
IAOM-US believes the essential starting point for orthopedic care is relevant clinical diagnosis. There are many organizations and education providers in the field of physical medicine. The IAOM-US difference is its emphasis on relevant, evidence-based clinical diagnosis as the basis of effective treatment. Phillip is a lead instructor.
Eric has studied and trained with some of the top movement imagery and conditioning specialists around the world. He developed the Franklin Method®, which combines imagery, experiential anatomy and reconditioning movement exercises. His techniques have been combined with dance-specific conditioning exercises for the New York University School of the Arts, The Royal Ballet School and the Laban Center in London. Eric Franklin is the author of several mind-body books.
Thomas Myers, LMT, NCTMB, ARP
Thomas trained directly with Dr. Ida Rolf, Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais and Buckminster Fuller and has practiced integrative bodywork for over 30 years. Tom conducts seminars on Structural Integration, soft-tissue work and Anatomy Trains material. He is the author of ‘Anatomy Trains’, as well as numerous articles for trade magazines and journals.
Valerie Phelps, PT, OCS, FAAOMPTwww.iaom-us.com
IAOM-US believes the essential starting point for orthopedic care is relevant clinical diagnosis. There are many organizations and education providers in the field of physical medicine. The IAOM-US difference is its emphasis on relevant, evidence-based clinical diagnosis as the basis of effective treatment. Valerie is a lead instructor.
Dr. G. Lorimer Moseley, PhD, FACPwww.bodyinmind.org
Lorimer is Professor of Clinical Neurosciences & Foundation Chair in Physiotherapy at the University of South Australia, Senior Principal Research Fellow at Neuroscience Research Australia, and Chair of PainAdelaide. A clinician and researcher, he leads an interdisciplinary group of 30 researchers investigating the role of the brain and mind in chronic pain. He is Australia's top-ranked chronic pain researcher. He has written over 150 articles and four books, and is Chief Editor of the most influential web/social media presence in the clinical pain sciences.
Stacy Barrows, PT, DPT, GCFP, PMA®-CPT
Stacy is a Registered Physical Therapist, Certified Feldenkrais® Practitioner, and PMA—certified Pilates Instructor. She developed the SMARTROLLER® based on her years of clinical and practical experience with everyone from rehab patients and professional athletes to children and senior citizens.
Jean-Michel Brismée, PT, ScD, OCS, FAAOMPTwww.iaom-us.com
IAOM-US believes the essential starting point for orthopedic care is relevant clinical diagnosis. There are many organizations and education providers in the field of physical medicine. The IAOM-US difference is its emphasis on relevant, evidence-based clinical diagnosis as the basis of effective treatment. Jean-Michel is a lead instructor.
Chad Cook, PT, MBA, PhD, OCS, FAAOMPT
Chad is the Chair and Professor at Walsh University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program and is a consulting associate professor at Duke University. He is board-certified as an orthopedic specialist and a fellow in manual therapy. Dr. Cook has published over 110 peer-reviewed publications, has taught over 130 courses nationally and internationally, and is considered an expert in differential diagnosis. He is the 2009 winner of the APTA Baethke-Carlin Teaching Award, 2003 and 2005 winner of the OPTP Systematic Review Award, and 2005 winner of the J. Warren Perry Distinguished Author Award.
Caroline Corning Creager, PTwww.carolinecreager.com
Caroline is an award-winning author and an internationally recognized speaker on dynamic core strength training. Creager has authored seven books and continues to teach workshops throughout the world. Her course work includes dynamic stabilization exercises and postpartum health using Swiss balls, resistive bands and foam rollers.
Doug Creighton, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT
Dr. Creighton is an assistant professor at Oakland University in Rochester, MI. He completed his residency training under Freddy Kaltenborn and Olaf Evjenth and has taught Translatoric Spinal Manipulation and mobilization with John Krauss and Olaf Evjenth for many years.
Steven De Coninck, MSc, PTwww.om-cyriax.com
A senior teacher of the European Teaching Group of Orthopaedic Medicine (ETGOM), Steven presents OMCyriax courses all over the world. He has a private practice in Belgium, has published several books and video productions, and created the first standardized Cyriax Assessment Forms. Constantly innovating, updating and spreading the real basic value of OMCyriax is his mission.
Olaf Evjenth, PT, OMTwww.iomtwoburn.com
Olaf is an internationally acclaimed professor of manual therapy and a Norwegian physiotherapist recognized worldwide as a progenitor of modern manual therapy and exercise rehab. Together with Professor Kaltenborn, he co-developed the OMT Kaltenborn-Evjenth System, which helped form the standards of the International Federation of Manipulative Therapists (IFOMT). An author of note, he has written a number of books on muscle stretching, manual therapy and exercise rehabilitation. Professor Evjenth continues to make significant contributions to manual therapy, developing new techniques for evaluation, mobilization, manipulation and rehabilitation.
Patrick Farrell, DC
Patrick has an interest in muscle pain and dysfunction and the active rehabilitation model. With Michael Schneider, they blend together the principles of passive manual therapy, active rehabilitative exercise and postural re-education.
Timothy W. Flynn, PT, PhD, OCS, FAAOMPTwww.evidenceinmotion.com
Dr. Flynn is a widely published author, researcher and expert clinician who has studied under Philip Greenman, DO. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at Regis University (www.regis.edu/dpt). Along with his colleagues, he is an investigator in a number of clinical trials evaluating the diagnostic accuracy of musculoskeletal tests and the effectiveness of manipulative treatment approaches for spinal and extremity disorders. Dr. Flynn is the Coordinator of the Manual Therapy Fellowship at Regis University and Board Member of Evidence in Motion LLC.
Dr. Michael Fredericson
Dr. Michael Fredericson is Professor and Director of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Sports Medicine Clinics at Stanford University. For the past 20 years, he has served as one of the head physicians for Stanford University athletic teams and has published over 100 scientific articles and book chapters on musculoskeletal injuries. He is also a senior editor for PM&R – the journal of injury, function, and rehabilitation and on the Scientific Advisory Board for Runner's World Magazine.
Michael is an internationally recognized Pilates Master Teacher, presenter, educator, consultant, and innovator. With Ton Voogt, both worked with Romana Kryzanowska, one of Joseph Pilates protégés, for over a decade in New York City where they were Teacher Trainers for her original international Pilates certification program. They have also collaborated with a wide range of physical therapists to integrate the Pilates method into patient-based therapy programs. Since 1996, Michael and Ton have collaborated, specializing in the Pilates method. Together they cofounded ZENIRGY, LLC, developed and created the evolutionary TRIADBALL™, Pilates TRIADBALL™ Manual, numerous DVDs (commercial and ducational) and set up several independently owned and operated Pilates certification programs internationally. Their work has been featured on national TV and in numerous national and international magazines and newspapers.
Donna Gambino, PTwww.infinityhealth.org
Donna has stayed focused on her goal to help people become healthy, fit and maintain great posture throughout life. Her height (6 ft.) has motivated her to act as a posture advocate. She strongly believes that proper alignment is key to avoiding injury and long-term pain syndromes. Her passion has led her into work as a Pilates instructor, personal trainer, lecturer and author. Gambino’s broad background in fitness and orthopedic rehabilitation enabled her to develop the exercises in her first book, On a Roll @ Home. Now after years of adapting Pilates exercises for people of all ages, she has created a specialized program for older adults – Age Perfected Pilates. The underlying focus in all her programs is on developing good posture and core strength.
Ola Grimsby, PT, MNFF, MNSMT, FAAOMPTwww.olagrimsby.com
Grimsby has received international recognition for his expertise as both a clinician and instructor in orthopaedic manual therapy. A graduate of the Norwegian State Physiotherapy School and the Physical Therapy Department of Health, he completed postgraduate studies in mobilization with the Nordic Special Group for Manual Therapy and in Manual Therapy with the Norwegian Physical Therapy Association. He is a certified manual therapy instructor in the Norwegian National Program and has served as chairperson for the Nordic Group of Specialists in Manual Therapy and for the Instructors Council in the Norwegian Physical Therapy Associations Section in Manual Therapy. Ola Grimsby was Norway’s first executive member of IFOMPT and a founding member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy. He has authored numerous books and articles in several languages and is Chairman of the Ola Grimsby Institute (OGI).
Pat is a Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) Certified Teacher™ who began teaching Pilates over 26 years ago. A former dancer, gymnastics coach, and physical medicine assistant, Guyton had the opportunity to study with four First Generation Master Pilates Teachers, serve on the PMA board of directors, and present workshops nationally and internationally. She is the owner of Pat Guyton Pilates, Inc. and Pilates Conservatory®, a comprehensive Pilates teacher training program. Guyton is also a Franklin Method® Educator.
Bahram Jam, M.Phty, BSc.PT, FCAMTwww.aptei.com
Bahram has received awards from both Australia and Canada Advanced Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy and is also accredited with the McKenzie Institute International. He is the founder and director of Advanced Physical Therapy Education Institute (APTEI) and has been a chief instructor for over 300 post-graduate physical therapy clinical courses. Bahram has published nine orthopaedic DVD/book self-study programs which have sold over 4,000 copies across Canada and the United States. He is currently in private practice in Toronto, Canada.
Vladimir Janda, MD
The late Vladimir Janda, MD, is known worldwide for his research linking muscle dysfunction and chronic pain syndromes. He developed a program of progressive balance and proprioceptive challenges to improve overall body posture, muscle balance, joint stability and speed of muscle correction. As the former Chair of Rehabilitation Medicine at Charles University in Prague, Professor Janda authored hundreds of papers and was an esteemed lecturer and instructor in Europe and Australia.
Kevin Jardine, DC, CSCS, CSTI, MedAcwww.nstaping.com
Dr. Jardine is a Chiropractor, health and fitness expert, entrepreneur and innovator in the field of physical and rehabilitative medicine. As a leading therapeutic strategist, Dr. Kevin Jardine owns a multidisciplinary sports therapy and conditioning facility in Toronto called The Urban Athlete and personally treats and advises numerous professional and Olympic athletes and teams. Dr. Jardine is the president and owner of Collaborans, a multimedia healthcare and fitness education company dedicated to helping people live better lives through better health. Dr. Jardine is the original creator of SpiderTech™ products and education, an industry leader in the field of kinesiology taping.
Karim Khan, MD, PhD, FACSMwww.clinicalsportsmedicine.com
Karim is known worldwide for research and clinical expertise in sports injuries. He has been a multiple keynote speaker at IFOMT and a keynote speaker at the McKenzie Conference International 2009. His book, ‘Clinical Sports Medicine’ with collaborators Jenny McConnell, Kay Crossley and Jill Cook, is a practical, beautifully illustrated and comprehensive text for sports physiotherapy and is endorsed by PT courses worldwide.
Angela Kneale, OTD, OTR/Lwww.embodyhealthwellnesslife.com
Angela specializes in the integration of movement, breathing, postural alignment, and relaxation techniques for optimal health and wellness. She is a Franklin Method® educator, has achieved full certification from Stott Pilates®, enjoys teaching, and has incorporated Pilates into her Occupational Therapy practice for 18 years.
John R. Krauss, PT, PhD, OCS, FAAOMPT
Dr. Krauss has taught and clinically applied Translatoric Spinal Manipulation for over 17 years. He is an Associate Professor at Oakland University in Rochester, MI, where he coordinates the post-professional graduate certificate in orthopedic manual physical therapy.
Elizabeth is internationally recognized as an innovator of mind-body movement techniques for performing arts, in addition to therapeutic, athletic, fitness and academic settings. While Director of Pilates & Beyond at Western Athletic Clubs, Elizabeth developed the internationally acclaimed Mind & Body Center within The San Francisco Bay Club. In 2008 she began collaborating with physical therapists to develop Pilates protocols for wounded warriors from Iraq and Afghanistan. Co-founder of Polestar Pilates Education, the industry's first international Pilates education company, she is now a Master Teacher with Balanced Body University conducting courses throughout North America, Europe and Asia.
Linda-Joy (LJ) Lee, PT, FCAMT, MCPA, CGIMSwww.ljlee.ca
LJ is a clinical and education consultant at her clinic, Synergy Physiotherapy, in North Vancouver, BC. She is known for her skills in motor control and movement retraining and, in addition to her clinical and teaching work, is currently pursuing a PhD at the University of Queensland in the Human Neurosciences Unit with Professor Paul Hodges. Her research is focused on investigating motor control of the thoracic spine and its relation to the lumbopelvic region.
Craig Liebenson, DC
Craig is the organizer of the Los Angeles College of Chiropractic Rehabilitation Diplomate Course. He has initiated MSc programs in rehabilitation in England and Australia, and maintains a private practice specializing in rehabilitation.
Dr. Stuart M. McGillwww.backfitpro.com
Dr. McGill is a Professor of spine biomechanics at the University of Waterloo and a renowned lecturer and consultant. His award-winning advice is often sought by medical personnel for difficult rehabilitation cases as well as elite performers.
Sara Meeks, PT, MS, GCS, KYTwww.sarameekspt.com
Sara has spent over 25 years of her nearly 50 years as a clinical physical therapist specializing in the unique management needs of persons with low bone mass (osteopenia) and skeletal fragility (osteoporosis). As a result of her extensive work with persons with diagnosed osteoporosis, Sara has identified Patterns of Postural Change© that occur as, but not necessarily because, people age. She has developed guidelines for physical therapy management, exercise classes, yoga and Pilates, fitness programs and activities so that therapists can give accurate advice to their patients.
Donald Murphy, DC, DACANwww.primaryspineprovider.com
Dr. Murphy is the Clinical Director of the Rhode Island Spine Center as well as Clinical Assistant Professor at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University. With over 26 years’ experience practicing primary spine care, Dr. Murphy has been on the Expert Panel for numerous spine care guidelines and has nearly 100 publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals and book chapters. He is the lead instructor for the Certificate Course for Primary Spine Practitioners through the Primary Spine Practitioner Network and has trained hundreds of DCs, PTs and MDs in the practice of Primary Spine Care. He lectures worldwide on the diagnosis and management of spine related disorders.
Jonathan Reynolds, PT, PhDwww.tolapoint.com
Jonathan has over 20 years of experience in orthopaedic manual therapy, with a clinical focus on the resolution of patho-mechanics in a wide variety of patients with musculoskeletal disorders, including performing artists, and sports and industrially injured individuals. His research focus is on shoulder kinematics in string musicians. Jonathan is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and The International Shoulder Group. He is currently in private outpatient physical therapy practice in Minneapolis and Eagan, MN, USA.
Christine Romani-Ruby, PT, MPT, ATCwww.phipilates.com
Christine is the owner of PHI Pilates, a studio/PT clinic in Pittsburgh, PA that trains fitness and rehabilitation professionals in Pilates. Over the last 13 years, Christine has incorporated Pilates in her Physical Therapy practice and has presented workshops worldwide on the benefits of Pilates for both rehabilitation and wellness.
Michael Schneider, PhD, DCwww.spineandpaincare.com
Michael has an interest in muscle pain and dysfunction and the active rehabilitation model. With Patrick Ferrell, they blend together the principles of passive manual therapy, active rehabilitative exercise and postural re-education. Dr. Schneider lectures internationally on muscle pain, dysfunction and fibromyalgia syndrome.
Cheryl Soleway, PT
With over 32 years of experience as a physical therapist and multi-certified fitness professional, Cheryl is a “teacher of teachers.” She is the recipient of CanFitPro’s Canadian Presenter of the Year award and a popular presenter at IDEA, AFPA, Fitness Resources, and international conferences in Europe and Australia. She is the author of several books on the use of FitBALLS® and body therapy balls. With posture, being the key to the fountain of youth, Cheryl Soleway’s Bod-Chi Ball is the perfect tool for self-massage and the care of the spine, joints, connective tissues and muscle for people of all ages.
Ton is an internationally recognized Pilates Master Teacher, presenter, educator, consultant, and innovator. With Michael Fritzke, both worked with Romana Kryzanowska, one of Joseph Pilates protégés, for over a decade in New York City where they were Teacher Trainers for her original international Pilates certification program. They have also collaborated with a wide range of physical therapists to integrate the Pilates method into patient-based therapy programs. Since 1996, Michael and Ton have collaborated, specializing in the Pilates method. Together they cofounded ZENIRGY, LLC, developed and created the evolutionary TRIADBALL™, Pilates TRIADBALL™ Manual, numerous DVDs (commercial and ducational) and set up several independently owned and operated Pilates certification programs internationally. Their work has been featured on national TV and in numerous national and international magazines and newspapers.
Yousef Ghandour, PT, MOMT, FAAOMPTwww.qtekproducts.com
A practitioner, teacher and advocate of orthopedic manual physical therapy for over 30 years, Yousef Ghandour was trained by renowned educators like Olaf Evjenth and mentored by Dr. Ola Grimsby. He teaches and develops content with the Ola Grimsby Institute, is a volunteer Clinical Instructor for UCSD Family and Preventative Medicine, is Adjunct Faculty for San Diego State University's Physical Therapy program and lectures extensively in the US and abroad. Yousef currently oversees seven busy clinics while remaining highly engaged with his patients.