Innovative rehabilitation tool provides simple yet effective exercise for knee and shoulder patients. Read More »
Physical therapists Bob Schrupp and Brad Heineck filmed their recent visit to OPTP. Read More »
Our new and exclusive physical therapy exercise guide for the ActivMotion Bar is now here. Read More »
The Art & Science of Cueing provides movement instructors with valuable teaching secrets. Read More »
The “io-ball” offers exciting new possibilities for fitness and physical therapy. Read More »
Therapists look to restore full and pain-free movement with the new Joint Distractor. Read More »
The new mini roller joins OPTP’s growing collection of travel-size foam rollers. Read More »
The new posters expand Adriaan Louw’s collection of therapy education tools. Read More »
Our new foam blocks offer endless possibilities for therapy, Pilates and yoga. Read More »
OPTP’s new postural awareness assistant provides supreme comfort during extended wear. Read More »
Adriaan Louw’s Why Do I Hurt? Workbook gets added to patient education resources. Read More »
The Wobblesmart provides six adjustable challenge settings for therapy and fitness exercise. Read More »
Innovative balance and core strength trainer expected to arrive soon. Read More »
The latest consumer healthcare catalog for individuals has been published and is now available. Read More »
International Spine & Pain Institute (ISPI) will be holding their annual conference in June. Read More »
The thirty-fifth edition of OPTP’s semi-annual professional catalog has been published. Read More »
OPTP welcomes the new LoRox Roller, developed in partnership with Lauren Roxburgh. Read More »
Another elite PRO-ROLLER foam roller is added to the growing family. Read More »
The April 2016 issue of LA Yoga magazine featured Lauren Roxburgh and her new foam roller. Read More »
Maxi and Mini Ball exercises are key to providing hand therapy and stress relief. Read More »
Two popular favorites, the Stretch Out Strap and Pilates Essentials, come together for a new edition. Read More »
OPTP will carry new Eric Franklin “Tough Ball” to expand versatile line of Franklin Method® products. Read More »
New 18” size roller is a shorter, more portable addition to the PRO-ROLLER family of foam rollers. Read More »
OPTP and ActivMotion Bar partnered to create an exclusive 4.5-pound bar for physical therapy, Pilates and golf. Read More »
A second edition of Desk Pilates: Living Pilates Every Day has been published by author Angela Kneale and OPTP. Read More »
Adriaan Louw has released a new patient education book entitled Everyone Has Back Pain, Neuroscience Education for Patients with Back Pain. Read More »
OPTP has recently partnered with the Medical Fitness Network (MFN) to help patients with chronic conditions obtain access to exercise and therapy equipment. Read More »
Session will focus on fitness tools and creative stretching methods that increase flexibility
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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.
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As an educator, I have attempted to serve the chiropractic profession by promoting the logic and ethics regarding rehab issues. It is my responsibility to make students aware of resources for products geared toward promoting self-efficacy.
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Book Reviews just posted by Kristen Kwiatkowski-Digwood, MSPT, DPT, CLT on the Advance for PT website.
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Discover how healthy psoas muscles improve movement, stability, flexibility and balance with world-renowned movement educator Eric Franklin.
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It is with great sadness The McKenzie Institute announces the passing of founder Robin Anthony McKenzie May 13, 2013
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We are so excited to tell you about this new book called "Why Do I Hurt?" by Adriaan Louw, PT.
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Robin McKenzie, CNZM, OBE, FCSP (Hon), FNZSP (Hon), Dip MDT, Dip MTwww.mckenziemdt.org
The late Robin McKenzie 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. Kaltenborn, PT, OMTwww.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 E. Cook, PhD, PT, FAAOMPT
Chad Cook is a professor and vice chief of research at the division of physical therapy at Duke University. Dr. Cook has published over 185 peer reviewed publications, has presented at over 180 conferences and educational sessions nationally and internationally, and is considered an expert at differential diagnosis. Dr. Cook is a multi-award winner in teaching and research and has dedicated his career to refining an effective clinical examination.
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.
Lauren Roxburgh, Fascia and Alignment Expert
Lauren is a board certified Structural Integration practitioner (fascia expert) with a degree in nutrition and exercise science and certifications in Pilates and Pre/Post Natal Yoga. She has worked with numerous celebrities and professional athletes, and was named by ShapeMagazine as one of their "50 Hottest Trainers in America" in 2014. Lauren’s signature technique, named Body Breakthru, is a body transforming, muscular sculpting, stress releasing, fascial remodeling technique that utilizes the foam roller. With this method, she has empowered scores of people with the knowledge of how to tone, balance, self-massage and restructure their own bodies. Lauren's first book, The Foam-Roller Physique: 21 Days to a Taller, Slimmer, More Youthful You, is coming out in February 2016 and will feature an at-home program focused on sculpting and toning fascia.
Derek Mikulski, BS, CSCS, CPT
Derek Mikulski is an NASM and NPTI Certified Personal Trainer. He also is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the NSCA and holds a B.S. in health education and exercise physiology from Central Michigan University. Derek started taking an interest in fitness at the age of 18 when, through self-education and hard work, he lost 80 pounds. In 2013, he launched ActivMotion Bar®, aspiring to build a stronger world through innovation grounded in sound fitness and training theory.
Martin Heskier, CEO of Heskiers, LLC, is a licensed acupuncturist and experienced bodyworker. He has taught and practiced in multiple techniques, and also speaks internationally on optimizing health and treating pain naturally. He designed products for numerous companies worldwide before developing and manufacturing the Heskiers® OneTool™, a device for working with interstitial fluid, trigger points, massage and gua sha. He also created the Heskiers Method, an approach to connective tissue treatment that increases the flow of interstitial fluid.
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, MD
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.
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.
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 an integrative health coach, 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 Larkam, MS Ed
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.
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.
Emilio Puentedura, PT, DPT, PhD, OCS, GDMT, CSMT, FAAOMPT
Emilio Puentedura has been involved in orthopedic manual therapy for over 33 years. He has worked in outpatient settings with a focus on spinal conditions, lecturing and presenting at seminars on the various approaches of manipulative therapy. Currently, he is teaching as an associate professor at the University of Nevada Las Vegas.
Shanti Rainey, Founder of ZeSa® Fitness
Shanti is the founder and Chief Visionary Officer of ZeSa® Fitness, a company that uniquely combines the best of cardio, flexibility, weight, strength and balance training. He is a credentialed fitness authority and instructor with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of St. Thomas. Shanti holds NASM Physical Training certification in addition to being a certified yoga instructor. His unique knowledge of the human body and its movements has also allowed him to practice as a correct exercise specialist.
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.