SPI offers on-site physical therapy services. Our PTs work very closely with Dr. Spears and Nicole to provide quality physical therapy treatment for patients. Many of our physical therapists are fellowship-trained in Manual Therapy from The Manual Therapy Institute (MTI). MTI is credentialed by the American Physical Therapy Association and recognized by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists as a post-professional clinical fellowship program in orthopedic manual physical therapy.  

Foot manual therapyWhat is manual therapy?

Manual therapists perform highly skilled bio mechanical and postural assessments and treatments. Treatments range from joint mobilizations and manipulations, when appropriate, to soft tissue and neural mobilizations, muscle energy techniques, and manually assisted exercise. Manual therapists also perform comprehensive neurological screens for differential diagnosis of dysfunction.

What types of injuries are good candidates for manual therapy?

In most cases, neck and spine pain respond well to manual therapy as it can alleviate joint and muscle dysfunction contributing to postural imbalances. Manual therapy is also highly beneficial for advanced care of the extremities. Unresolved pain or dysfunction can often be remedied by addressing underlying bio mechanical problems. For example, ankle sprains often involve ankle or foot joint dysfunction (in addition to soft tissue injury) by limiting proper bio mechanics during the runner’s gait cycle. Correcting the underlying bio mechanical issues may reduce pain and swelling as well as improving recovery time and tolerance to impact activities.

What special training does a Manual Therapist undergo in addition to their Physical Therapy training?Neck manual therapy

To become a manual therapist, a physical therapist has to complete a fellowship program of post-professional clinical and didactic education that prepares a clinician in the subspecialty of orthopedic manual physical therapy. The clinical and didactic instruction is intensive and includes extensive mentored clinical experience for building advanced clinical skills. The program incorporates current best evidence with a patho-functional morphological model. This model describes how changes in function can lead to restricted movement and complaints of pain. The ability to perform a focused evaluation that identifies the movement dysfunction provides for efficient intervention.Fellowship graduates will represent the best clinicians in the physical therapy profession, equipped to expertly treat any type of movement dysfunction. All physical therapists at SPI are fellowship trained in manual therapy and are board certified in orthopedic physical therapy. They also function as faculty at the Manual Therapy Institute, a manual therapy fellowship program.

Source: The Manual Therapy Institute