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Robert J. Fluegel, PT, COMT
MAPS Faculty, Fellow in Training, MAPS Orthopedic Manual Therapy Fellowship

Chris R. Showalter, PT, OCS, COMT, FAAOMPT, Fellowship Program Director

Mobilization combined with Stabilization is SUPERIOR compared to Stabilization alone in Non-Specific Mechanical Neck Pain (NSMNP)

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MT-3: Intermediate Spinal Seminar

MT-3 Course Description (20.7 Direct Contact Hours/3.1 CEUs)
Continuation from MT-2, manual therapy for the Spine is taken to the intermediate level. Refinement and clarification of subjective & physical examinations; treatment for Cervical, Thoracic & Lumbar spine. Treatment Planning & Progression, Movement Diagrams, Modern Pain Theory, Cervicogenic Headaches (and other headache types), Whiplash, and highly specific passive physiological & accessory movement tests, extensive Neurodynamics, and improved skills in palpation (ability to feel changes in resistance & responses to mobilization). Emphasis is given to application and selection of techniques, progression of treatment, conversion of passive techniques into active exercises, neurological exams, and case histories. INTRODUCTION to SPINAL MANIPULATION (where legally permitted). Subjective and objective physical differentiation techniques are taught using hypothesis testing for Cervical, Thoracic & Lumbar spine. Includes required Home Study course component of approximately 10.5 hours.

MT-3 Course Schedule*
Day 1: 12:30pm-8:00pm
Day 2: 8:00am-6:00pm
Day 3: 8:00am-2:00pm

Times subject to change.*

MT-3 Course Requirements
  • Course requires a prerequisite of MT-2: Essential Spinal Seminar. MAPS also recommends practicing the skills learned from MT-2 for four (4) to six (6) months prior to the MT-3. 
  • Open to PTs, MDs, DOs. Enrollment limited. Lab clothes required for all sessions
  • Post test requires competency of 70% and overall competency of 70%. 
  • Full CEUs require 100% direct contact attendance and completion of all Home Study assignments.

MT-3 Course Objectives
Course participants upon completion will be able to:
  • Show improved clinical reasoning skills.
  • Conduct effective clinical assessments using clinical reasoning & hypothesis testing.
  • Incorporate Movement Diagrams to improve assessment, treatment selection and treatment effectiveness.
  • Perform a focused subjective and objective physical exam of the Cervical, Thoracic and Lumbar spine based upon principles of assessment as per G. Maitland and other manual P.T.s.
  • Understand the basic principles of assessment & treatment of the nervous system as described by D. Butler, R. Elvey, and other manual P.T.s

Course is $695
MAPS Refund/Cancellation Policy

Course Testimonials

"Great info... This definitely was the best course of the Maitland courses Ive taken thus far."
William J. Buchala Somerset, NJ January 2013

"Each Seminar has built exceptionally well on the previous ones, and the Maitland philosophy and practice continues to improve my clinical success."
Grant Pattee Washington, DC January 2012

"[The thing I liked most about the seminar was] building upon techniques in prior courses and answering the "why" and analysis questions. "
J. Breithaupt Havertown, PA January 2014

"Awesome course, it really tied things together. "
Pasquale Iannucci Brooklyn, NY February 2014

"Out of all the [MAPS] courses I have taken, this one has really brought everything together for me... Ample lab time, calling out treatment techniques, and switching partners in an organized fashion. I was able to refine my palpation skills as well as fine tune my assessment and treatment techniques. It has made me more confident in my weaker areas (re: CS Manipulations) and excited to practice, practice, and practice! Looking forward to MT-4! Excellent Course! Excellent instructor! "
Kathy Monda Chicago, IL March 2014


All MT-3: Intermediate Spinal Seminar Testimonials


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