OMT Lumbar Spine is an evidence-based introduction to examination and treatment program design for lumbar spinal disorders. Participants will learn how to perform a lumbar spinal evaluation including posture analysis, motion testing, selective tissue tension tests, strength assessment and basic neurological testing. A review of common lumbar diagnoses will be provided. Interventions emphasize manual therapy: myofascial release, (MFR), joint mobilization, and integrated neuromuscular re-education: (INMR) muscle energy (MET) and positional release/counterstrain (PRT). Participants will gain experience in selection of Functional Precision Exercise for improving mobility, strength and function of the lumbar spine. Students will develop the clinical reasoning processes to design programs for effective clinical interventions for a variety of lumbar spinal disorders, based on current research evidence and clinical experience.
Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
1. Perform an evaluation of the lumbar spine, including postural analysis, soft tissue palpation analysis, motion testing, strength and basic neuromusculoskeletal testing.
2. Discuss signs and symptoms of lumbar spinal disorders including sprain, strain, disc disease, facet joint dysfunction, myofascial pain syndrome, and postural derangement.
3. Apply selected interventions including: manual therapy, basic joint mobilization, myofascial release, and integrated neuromuscular re-education: muscle energy and positional release/counterstrain for correction of lumbar spinal impairments.
4. Instruct a client in correct use of Functional Precision Exercise for improving flexibility, strength and/or stability of the lumbar spine.
5. Apply clinical reasoning processes to design a treatment plan for selected lumbar spine impairments based on actual case studies.