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Person-Centered Manual Therapy: A Modern and Evidence-Based Approach

Elevate your clinical practice with a patient-centered framework incorporating contemporary evidence for manual therapy assessment and treatment.

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About this Certificate Program

The Person-Centered Manual Therapy series equips learners of all levels with a comprehensive, evidence based approach to manual therapy, driving superior clinical outcomes and stronger therapeutic alliance. By grounding the curriculum in a patientcentered, evidence informed framework and removing outdated, unsupported theories, learners will develop crucial psychomotor and clinical reasoning skills to deliver effective assessment, and management by integrating manual therapy, exercise, and movement.

Target Audience

The course focuses on Physical Therapy applications, but has applications (within appropriate scopes of practice) for Athletic Trainers and Occupational Therapists. The course will be beneficial for any individuals who are looking to improve their skill-set in managing patients with musculoskeletal pain.

Goals & Objectives

  • Compare and contrast the clinical and cost-effectiveness literature involving the use of manual therapy to treat individuals with musculoskeletal conditions
  • Recognize the key tenants of a person-centered manual therapy model including assessment and treatment
  • Describe elements of a comprehensive physical examination relevant to proceeding with manual therapy care
  • Identify evidence-based manual therapy interventions and their appropriate utility in orthopaedic manual therapy practice
  • Identify manual therapy assessment and intervention techniques for the cervical spine, thoracic spine, lumbar spine, shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand, pelvis, hip, knee foot and ankle
  • Construct knowledge of appropriate home exercises to augment manual therapy-based techniques that are provided in the clinic

What's Included in the Certificate Program

Accredited Online Courses*

19 hours of online video lectures and patient demonstrations.

Interactive Learning Assessments

Case-based quizzes to evaluate and improve clinical reasoning.

Hands-On Practice Packets

Skills checklist to practice hands-on components of coursework.

Section 1: Section 1 Evidence-Based Manual Therapy

4 Chapters

Introduction to Evidence-Based Manual Therapykeyboard_arrow_down

  • Introduction to the Manual Therapy Course SeriesChapter 1

    The goal of this chapter is to frame the expectations for the course series. The authors will outline their backgrounds, training, philosophy of management, and expectations for the learners of this course series.

  • History of Manual TherapyChapter 2

    The goal of this chapter is to show the evolution of manual therapy as a treatment philosophy and to explore how science/evidence has reshaped many of the concepts and the understanding of what happens in an OMT approach.

  • An Operational Definition of Orthopedic Manual TherapyChapter 3

    The goal of this chapter is to demonstrate the problems that are present with OMT terminology. The speaker will outline how we will define OMT throughout the course series and will include supplemental learning material that provides each learner with the common definitions for OMT procedures.

  • Manual Therapy MythsChapter 4

    The goal of this chapter is to outline the most prevalent myths associated with manual therapy that are still perpetuated today. The speaker will address myths associated with examination and intervention principles and mechanisms.

  • Manual Therapy InterventionsChapter 5

    The goal of this chapter is to provide the types of interventions we will use within the course series and discuss how these are applied in patient care. A demonstration of these techniques will occur.

  • Naming of Manual Therapy TechniquesChapter 6

    The goal of this chapter is to introduce the learner to the naming conventions associated with manual therapy techniques to properly communicate and document procedures. Learners will understand typical techniques and how modifications in these techniques are used to alter the treatment response.

  • Grading of Manual Therapy TechniquesChapter 7

    The goal of this chapter is to discuss the two most common frameworks for applying force-based mobilization and manipulation. Learners will understand the theory behind the grading systems but will also recognize their value in documentation and communication among practitioners.

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Evidence in Support of Manual Therapykeyboard_arrow_down

  • What Is Evidence?Chapter 1

    The goal of this chapter is to define how evidence is described in the literature and to report on the hierarchy of evidence that is used to make clinical decisions.

  • Mechanisms of Manual TherapyChapter 2

    Mechanisms are how an intervention works, and they are typically reported at a physiological or psychological level. This chapter outlines the three primary mechanisms associated with manual therapy and discusses the evidence in support of them.

  • Clinical Outcomes and Manual TherapyChapter 3

    The goal of this chapter is to outline some of the evidence that has been published that supports the use of manual therapy with other interventions or by itself. The chapter will discuss the strength of the evidence and will report gaps in information.

  • Cost-Related Outcomes and Manual TherapyChapter 4

    The goal of this chapter is to outline the current state of cost-effectiveness research and manual therapy. The chapter will define cost-effectiveness and discuss the several ways it is measured.

  • What Does Evidence-Based Manual Therapy Look Like?Chapter 5

    The goal of this chapter is to describe the suggested practice profile of evidence-based manual therapy and to support the finding with published literature.

  • How Can I Get Carryover Effects for My Patients?Chapter 6

    The goal of this chapter is to describe how to foster longer-term effects after the short-term use of manual therapy. This includes the use of augmented home exercise approaches.

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Identifying Candidates for Manual Therapy Carekeyboard_arrow_down

  • Manual Therapy Safety: Absolute and Relative ContraindicationsChapter 1

    The goal of this chapter is to outline absolute and relative contraindications for treating patients with a manual therapy approach. The instructor will list and describe indications and contraindications and discuss differences between absolute and relative contraindications so learners are equipped to identify suitable patients.

  • Screening Tools and Patient-Reported Outcome MeasuresChapter 2

    The goal of this chapter is to identify and describe screening tools and patient-reported outcome measures to assist in identifying patients appropriate for manual therapy care. Learners will become familiar with evidence-based tools that should be utilized in clinical practice to assist with screening patients and tracking outcomes.

  • Influences on Patient PrognosisChapter 3

    The goal of this chapter is to define and describe various influences on patient management. It is important for the learner to consider how contextual factors, including social and psychological factors, influence patient prognosis and management. The instructor will define social determinants of health and describe how the learner may use this information to make patient management decisions.

  • How Pain Mechanisms Influence CareChapter 4

    The goal of this chapter is to increase learner familiarity with pain phenotyping using the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) model. The instructor will describe differences between phenotypes and draw from clinical experience to provide examples of how pain behaviors influence management decisions.

  • Screening Procedures for Manual Therapy AppropriatenessChapter 5

    The goal of this chapter is to discuss and demonstrate screening procedures to provide the learner with the tools needed to identify patients appropriate for manual therapy care. Learners will understand how to use observation to screen patients and will appreciate differences between a review of systems and systems review. The instructor will demonstrate an example of a musculoskeletal screen utilized prior to proceeding with a full examination.

  • Why Within-Session Change MattersChapter 6

    The goal of this chapter is to introduce the learner to the concept of within-session change as a tenet of manual therapy care. Learners will understand how to use a concordant sign and functional task, and the instructor will demonstrate how these are used clinically to determine treatment response.

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The Patient Interview and Physical Examinationkeyboard_arrow_down


Section 2: Section 2: Manual Therapy Applications by Body Region

5 Chapters

Manual Therapy of the Cervical Spinekeyboard_arrow_down


Manual Therapy of the Thoracic Spinekeyboard_arrow_down


Manual Therapy of the Shoulder, Elbow, Wrist, and Handkeyboard_arrow_down


Manual Therapy of the Lumbar Spine, Pelvis, and Hipkeyboard_arrow_down


Manual Therapy of the Knee, Foot, and Anklekeyboard_arrow_down


Section 3: Section 3: Clinical Reasoning and Case-based Examples

1 Chapters

Manual Therapy and Musculoskeletal Management: Case-Based Exampleskeyboard_arrow_down


Section 4: Section 4: Resources

15 Chapters

Person-Centered Manual Therapy Practice Checklist

Chad Cook


Amy McDevitt


CEU Approved

19 total hours* of accredited coursework.
MedBridge accredits each course individually so you can earn CEUs as you progress.

      Our clinic could not be happier with MedBridge.

Amy Lee, MPT, OCS
Physical Therapy Central

       MedBridge has allowed us to create a culture of learning that we were previously unable to attain with traditional coursework.

Zach Steele, PT, DPT, OCS
Outpatient Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Services

    MedBridge has created a cost-effective and quality platform that is the future of online education.

Grant R. Koster, PT, ATC, FACHE
Vice President of Clinical Operations, Athletico Physical Therapy

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I get CEU credit?
Each course is individually accredited. Please check each course for your state and discipline. You can receive CEU credit after each course is completed.

When do I get my certificate?
You will receive accredited certificates of completion for each course as you complete them. Once you have completed the entire Certificate Program you will receive your certificate for the program.

*Accreditation Hours
Each course is individually accredited and exact hours will vary by state and discipline. Check each course for specific accreditation for your license.

Do I have to complete the courses in order?
It is not required that you complete the courses in order. Each Certificate Program's content is built to be completed sequentially but it is not forced to be completed this way.

How long do I have access to the Certificate Program?
You will have access to this Certificate Program for as long as you are a subscriber. Your initial subscription will last for one year from the date you purchase.

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