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Laterally Flexed Ribs

by admin on February 24, 2014

Every now and then I come across a patient who complains of lateral trunk pain and it often turns out to be a structural rib dysfunction. The laterally flexed rib occurs with a sudden side bend movement away from the problem rib or with dancers who are lifted by their partners through the torso. Treating […]

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A “little” traction goes a long way

by admin on January 1, 2014

Happy New Year Everyone! Wanted to share a “little” secret to help with your mobilizations. “Piccolo” traction is a term used to describe the “small” traction performed immediately prior to the desired mobilization glide. It’s intended to separate the joint surfaces and allow for an easier glide without the worry of one surface blocking the […]

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A Great and Worthy Cause

by admin on August 21, 2013

Hello Friends, I have made a commitment to support The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Light The Night Walk. Light The Night Walk is LLS’s annual walk and fundraising event and the nation’s night to pay tribute and bring hope to people battling cancer. Teams of friends and families or co-workers raise funds for cancer […]

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Cervical Flexion-Rotation Test

by admin on June 4, 2013

Published by Hall and Robinson in Manual Therapy (2004), this helpful test will not only assist in assessing upper cervical rotation but, also, guide you to a possible source of cervicogenic headache. The test is performed with the patient in supine. The therapist flexes the cervical spine forward to approximately 45 degrees. Atlanto-axial rotation is […]

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FAIR Test

January 30, 2013

Hi Everyone, I hope this post finds you well. If you’re looking to confirm the piriformis as a cause of sciatic nerve compression, the FAIR Test is for you. With your patient in a side-lying position, simply (F)lex-(A)dduct-(I)nternally (R)otate the affected lower extremity to the position pictured below. Sensitivity of 88% and Specificity of 83% […]

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Manual Therapy

November 4, 2012

I hope you and your loved ones are safe and doing well. I think we often forget as manual therapists just how powerful touch really is. With the recent events and aftermath of hurricane Sandy I recommend a “hug” to anyone in need as the best intervention for now. I’m certain you’ll see a positive […]

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AC Joint Palpation

September 30, 2012

Hello Everyone, I just finished my first month at NYIT and I love my new position. Teaching the students about Manual Therapy is so very wonderful. We just finished the shoulder complex and I thought to pass on a simple screening technique you can use tomorrow in the practice. Palpation of the AC joint has […]

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3 Names NOT to forget when performing a SLR

August 31, 2012

Hi Everyone. Hope you’re enjoying the summer. I just wanted to post this to help with your techniques for neural tension. If you notice your patient is presenting with cardinal signs of lower extremity neural tension during a SLR try altering foot and ankle position to determine if a particular nerve bias is present. 3 […]

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Apparent Leg Length/Iliac Crest Asymmetry in Standing

July 31, 2012

You know how I love to pass along quick easy screens to everyone. Try this one in the clinic tomorrow. Assess your patient’s crest height in standing with feet together. If you notice any asymmetry, reassess with feet apart. If the crests level out with the feet apart then the likely cause would be a […]

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Visceral Tech Tip

June 30, 2012

I’m excited to pass this one on to you guys. Irma and I just took a visceral course 2 weeks ago and loved it. It made me realize how much more manual therapy there really was out there. This tip is a simple one to keep in mind when your next patient comes in complaining […]

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