Physical Therapist Education

Folsom Physical Therapy Seminars

Orthopedic Physical Therapy Continuing Education

For Clinicians, By Clinicians, Since 1981

 

 

Our Program:

     Folsom Physical Therapy continuing education seminars are conducted by practicing, experienced clinicians who understand the current challenges faced by clinicians.  Our courses are designed to enhance clinician’s confidence in their ability to effectively manage the wide variety of presentations encountered in outpatient orthopedic physical therapy practice.   With strict focus on the reasoning and practice skills necessary to establish early clinical proficiency and progression towards expertise, our system facilitates a sense of competence, enjoyment and professional fulfillment so lacking in today’s practicing clinicians.

Folsom Physical Therapy is on the cutting edge of the next evolution of clinical education and practice. By blending decades of mentorship under the pioneers of modern clinical practice with insights gained through our in-depth understanding of multiple practice models, we have created a new, fully integrated, patient care system easily implemented within the constraints of the current medical system.

Please join us in our efforts to keep the art of our profession alive.

 

Our Goals:

The primary goal of our education system is to preserve the art of clinical practice for current and future generations of therapists who seek to serve the needs of their patients and as an ongoing act of gratitude to our mentors.   By helping therapists hone deeply engrained clinical skills, we hope to lay the groundwork necessary for their more rapid progression towards expertise as they mature in the profession.  By establishing true clinical competence early in a practitioner’s career, creating time for expertise to develop, we hope to contribute to the perpetuation of clinical excellence beyond our own.  By improving clinician’s confidence in their ability to make a true impact in the quality of their patient’s lives, we hope to facilitate a lifelong sense of professional fulfillment in those committed to the care of others.  In short, our goal is to share our joy of clinical practice with others who are interested.

 

Background:

Folsom Physical Therapy Seminars is the current evolution of the physical therapy continuing education program started by Michael Moore, P.T. in 1981.  Michael’s post-graduate PT education is notable as it consists of studying directly under orthopedic manual therapy (OMT) legends Freddy Kaltenborn and Olaf Evjenth from Norway and therapeutic exercise legend Maggie Knott, founder of the Proprioception Neuromuscular Facilitation program at Kaiser Hospital in Vallejo, California.

Tim McGonigle, P.T. joined Michael as a partner in Folsom Physical Therapy’s clinical practice and education program in 1984.  Tim completed the Folsom Physical Therapy (FPT) Long-term Course instructed by Michael Moore in 1982 and his OMT residency through the program at Kaiser Hayward OMT Residency Program in 1983 (Now known as Kaiser Nor Cal Orthopedic Physical Therapy Fellowship Program).  During his residency he studied directly under other first generation OMT instructors in the USA, Dennis Morgan and Eileen Vollowitz who studied directly under Kaltenborn, Evjenth and Knott, and Barbara Stevens, Peter Edgelow and Linda Van Housen who studied directly under Geoff Maitland in Australia.

Through combining these three revolutionary clinical models, the Kaltenborn-Evjenth Concept from Norway, the Maitland System from Australia and PNF from Kaiser Vallejo, Michael and Tim created a unique, clinical-based, PT education system that has enhanced the professional experience of a multitude of therapists over the past 4 decades.

Today’s Folsom Physical Therapy Seminars program is the culmination of decades of full-time clinical practice, study under experienced mentors and collaboration with colleagues during our pursuit of clinical expertise.  The program has national and international recognition as demonstrated by Michael’s position as a Founder Member of the American Academy Of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT) and Tim’s position on the internationally renowned Kaltenborn-Evjenth Orthopedic Manual Therapy (KEOMT) organization’s Board of Directors.  Tim, Michael and several members of the FPT Seminars staff are accredited international or national KEOMT instructors and OMT examiners.

While holding steadfast to solid clinical practice principles and skills, our program continues to evolve by incorporating emerging knowledge and adjusting to the ever-changing medical-economic environment.  Utilizing a more Systems Thinking approach, we have developed a practical model that focuses on pertinent clinical skills, streamlines the evaluation process and facilitates earlier productive intervention in the care of musculoskeletal patients. In this way, our program accelerates the development of clinical proficiency and growth towards expertise.  This, in turn, results in improved outcomes, connection with clients and a sense of confidence and professional fulfillment in clinicians.

 

Introduction To Our Current Clinical Education and Practice Model:

Our new education and practice model is based on a reframing of the fundamental view of pathology from being somewhat isolated conditions to the functional interplay between identifiable types of presentations.  Doing so facilitates a practical understanding of the components and totality of clinical presentations, leading to more productive, individualized and fully integrated interventions.

At the foundation of the concept are three realizations.  The first is that living creatures consist of a series of interconnected feedback loops, and that pathological conditions are therefore multifaceted in their cause and effect.  All pathological conditions are individualized and constantly evolving.  The second is that regardless of diagnosis or body region involved, all pathologic conditions encountered in a physical therapy orthopedic outpatient practice either arise from, or lead to, the development of the following fundamental factors:

  •  Altered fluid volume, quality and/or exchange
  •  Altered muscle tone
  •  Altered mechanical properties of tissues
  •  Altered distribution of mechanical forces
  •  Altered neuromotor function
  •  Altered mental, emotional, physiologic and neurologic processes

The third is that in the clinical setting, these fundamental factors are the treatable aspects of a patient’s presentation. Regardless of pathology, diagnosis, or body region involved, effective intervention simply consists of coaxing deviant findings in this context toward those more representative of health.

With the realization that all pathologic presentations encountered in a physical therapy outpatient clinic are the result of deviations from optimal health in these underlying interconnected sources, the focus of clinically-based education and practice can be directed towards establishing understanding and skills in this context.  Doing so narrows the scope of study and practice towards meaningful clinical insights and skills as it creates a finite number of presentations to identify and effective interventions to learn.

By minimizing distractions from less essential information and freeing clinicians from restrictive evaluation and treatment protocols, this new model facilitates meaningful clinical proficiency early in the educational process.  Progression towards expertise arises as proficient clinical practice is melded with this fully integrated practice model, creating the ability to seamlessly transition the focus of intervention between contributing factors and to perceive and address multiple aspects of a patient’s presentation simultaneously.

Once this essential clinical understanding and skills foundation has been established, incorporation of all other clinical knowledge and tissue or system specific practice models becomes far more productive as their contribution can be appreciated in a fully integrated context and the skills required to implement them will already exist.

 

Structure:

The current format for Folsom Physical Therapy Seminars is a series consisting of five stand-alone, but integrated, courses.  Each course will consist of four Saturday sessions conducted over a 3-4 month period.  While it will be most productive to take the entire series in order, each course will be instructed in a manner that will be beneficial to all attending.  Each course in the series yields 32 California approved continuing education units.  Completion of all five courses in the series will constitute completion of the current Folsom Physical Therapy Long-term Course. An additional certificate acknowledging this achievement will be awarded to those completing the entire series.

 

The series will consist of the following courses:

  • #1 – The Foundations of Orthopedic Physical Therapy Practice – consisting of:
    • An in-depth and practical introduction to our new clinical education and practice model designed to speeds the development of basic clinical proficiency and paves the ways for progression towards expertise in the treatment of neuromotor/musculoskeletal disorders by:
      • Focusing on knowledge and skill development most pertinent to efficient orthopedic outpatient physical therapy practice
      • Streamlining clinical reasoning, evaluation and treatment procedures to facilitate efficient clinical practice
      • Creating a framework for incorporation of a fully integrated, biopsychosocial approach into clinical practice
    • In-depth and practical honing of evaluation and treatment skill development, clinical reasoning and effective interventions for the most common types of presentations encountered in an outpatient orthopedic physical therapy setting
  • Completion of this course should enhance confidence and professional fulfillment in participants by facilitating quick assessment and productive intervention skills pertinent for any patient they encounter in the clinic. Due to the time allotted for honing the insight and skills necessary for effective incorporation of all other aspects of clinical practice, this course is highly recommended for all therapists.

 

  • #2 – Upper Quadrant With Focus on the Spine – consisting of:
    • Instruction in a screening examination to assess the:
      • Percent contribution of spinal structures in apparent central and peripheral pathologies
      • Integrity of the upper cervical complex, the vertebral artery and upper quadrant nervous system
      • Integrity of the patient’s general health, central processing and contributory behaviors, and the predominant neuromotor/musculoskeletal pathologic presentations present
    • Detailed palpation and movement testing in the head, cervical, thoracic and shoulder regions directed at determining the specific location and type of axial pathology present
    • Effective treatment strategies throughout the head, cervical, thoracic and shoulder regions for:
      • Inflammatory conditions
      • Non-inflammatory edema
      • Hypomobilities due to dense, adhered connective tissues
      • Weakened passive body structure or structure of contractile elements specifically in the TMJ, mid/lower-cervical and shoulder regions
      • Deficient neuromotor function in the axial portion of the upper quadrant

 

  • #3 – Upper Quadrant With Focus on the Extremity – consisting of:
    • Instruction in a screening examination to assess the:
      • Percent contribution of axial structures in apparent peripheral pathologies
      • Integrity of the upper quadrant nervous system
      • Integrity of the patient’s general health, central processing and contributory behaviors, and the predominant neuromotor/musculoskeletal pathologic presentations present
    • Detailed palpation and movement testing in the shoulder, brachium, elbow, forearm, wrist and hand regions directed at determining the specific location and type of axial pathologic presentation present
    • Effective treatment strategies throughout the shoulder, brachium, elbow, forearm, wrist and hand regions for:
      • Inflammatory conditions
      • Non-inflammatory edema
      • Hypomobilities due to dense, adhered connective tissues
      • Weakened passive body structure or structure of contractile elements specifically in the shoulder and wrist regions
      • Deficient neuromotor function in the upper quadrant

 

  • #4 – Lower Quadrant With Focus on the Spine – consisting of:
    • Instruction in a screening examination to assess the:
      • Percent contribution of axial structures in apparent peripheral pathologies
      • Integrity of the lower quadrant nervous system
      • Integrity of the patient’s general health, central processing and contributory behaviors, and the predominant neuromotor/musculoskeletal pathologic presentations present
    • Detailed palpation and movement testing in the thoracic, lumbar, pelvis and hip regions directed at determining the specific location and type of axial pathologic presentation present
    • Effective treatment strategies throughout the thoracic, lumbar, pelvic and hip regions for:
      • Inflammatory conditions
      • Non-inflammatory edema
      • Hypomobilities due to dense, adhered connective tissues
      • Weakened passive body structure or structure of contractile elements specifically in the lumbar and pelvic regions
      • Deficient neuromotor function in the axial portion of the lower quadrant

 

  • #5 – Lower Quadrant With Focus on the Extremity – consisting of:
    • Instruction in a screening examination to assess the:
      • Percent contribution of axial structures in apparent peripheral pathologies
      • Integrity of the lower quadrant nervous system
      • Integrity of the patient’s general health, central processing and contributory behaviors, and the predominant neuromotor/musculoskeletal pathologic presentations present
    • Detailed palpation and movement testing in the hip, thigh, knee, calf, ankle and foot regions directed at determining the specific location and type of axial pathologic presentation present
    • Effective treatment strategies throughout the hip, thigh, knee, calf, ankle and foot regions for:
      • Inflammatory conditions
      • Non-inflammatory edema
      • Hypomobilities due to dense, adhered connective tissues
      • Weakened passive body structure or structure of contractile elements throughout the lower quadrant
      • Deficient neuromotor function in the lower quadrant

 

For those who have successfully completed the entire FPT educational series we will offer an additional educational series directed at preparing participants for certification as an internationally recognized Level-One OMT Practitioners in the KEOMT organization.