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Top 5 Fridays! 5 Recommendations for Continuing Education

I last wrote 5 Recommendations for Continuing Education sometime in June 2012. In fact, it was my first Top 5 Fridays Post! While some of the recommendations remain the same, there are changes.

In no particular order, here are 5 Recommended Con Ed Courses. I wanted this list to be updated with my current philosophies and more specific to be able to help a broader range of individuals.

  • These are game changers despite their limitation which I posted about yesterday
  • you need a systematic way to evaluate mobility for motor control and motion dysfunction
  • the correctives based on the 4x4 are easy to implement and make for rapid responses in motion
2) MDT
  • of course these two had to still be on the list!
  • more than ever with lowering reimbursement, and research stating we should de-emphasize scans, not rely on palpation, and empower the patient with HEP, MDT is more relevant than ever
  • the repeated motion exam is also simple, helps classify your patients, which leads to better outcomes
3) Explain Pain/Therapeutic Neuroscience Education
  • whether it's NOI, or ISPI, these courses are a must take for anyone dealing with individuals in pain
  • these along with the texts, Explain Pain, and Why Do I Hurt, really help you educate patients on what pain is (an output from the CNS), and also what it is not (damaging)
4) PRI
  • PRI is systematic in their approach to restoring neutrality, also helping you classify patients and directing treatment, mostly based on patient education
  • while their exercises are often multi-step and harder to implement than a SFMA corrective or MDT repeated loading strategy, they are very effective for rapid responders
  • you also get something traditional PT education is lacking, education on breathing dysfunction and incorporating it into the HEP
  • their are drawbacks, like their recommendation for foot orthotics, and lots of pathoanatomy with emphasis on muscle isolation and arthokinematics rather than movement patterns and osteokinematic movement that I prefer
  • however, the pluses greatly outweigh the minuses, plus 3 of their initial courses - Myokinematic Restoration, Postural Respiration, and Pelvic Restoration are all available as convenient home studies
5) Mulligan
  • Mulligan's MWMs, SNAGs, etc are still very effective for restoring motion, reducing pain
  • they are functional, often movement based and WB, plus they have a great rule which fits in with modern Pain Science - all of their techniques should be 100% pain free
  • they work great as adjuncts to MDT and the SFMA for quick restoration of end range movement or symmetry
As a side note, I still highly recommend Mariano Rocabado's Craniofacial series, it's just many clinics do not have that as a population, so you get the most bang for your buck with the above recommendation. Next week, my 5 Recommendations for Online Con-Ed

Keeping it Eclectic...


  1. No NKT? Seems to be all the rage on Facebook.

  2. Might be a good and popular course, but I taken them so can't recommend

  3. Dr. Dunning's courses on spinal manipulation are a must. The techniques taught are fantastic, and have fit well alongside MDT.

  4. Several of my fellow mentees and others have recommended them. I have not taken them personally, especially as I teach my own.