Physical Therapist Education

Our Commitment

Even though American physical therapy educational programs now offer a master’s (MPT, MSPT, MS) or doctoral (DPT) degree, the level of manual and diagnostic skill emerging from an accredited PT program is still primary and undifferentiated. Proficiency in a specialty such as orthopedic physical therapy requires a specialized education beyond the basic level, one which is coupled with clinical work in a setting conducive to continual practice.

Our commitment to post-graduate education of the physical therapist is perhaps our greatest distinction. With its origin in both PNF and the Norwegian Evjenth-Kaltenborn approach, our curriculum of 15-hour weekend courses and the 11-monthLong-term course is the broadest and longest-running of its kind in the western United States. Our Long-term Orthopedic Manual Therapy Course has advanced the professional growth of over 400  graduates, many of whom have repeated the course. Known for its rigor and intensity, the course has energized and challenged these therapists to acquire new levels of skill

The growing network of past course participants has served as an invaluable tool for referring patients and clients to other practitioners who share this known common background. Similarly, physicians seeking a physical therapy clinic offering a higher level of assessment and treatment skill frequently request referrals from our current Long-term participant and past Long-term participant lists.


2018 – 2019 Series

Course Description

   This four-day course is the first in the series of courses constituting the next generation of Folsom Physical Therapy OMT continuing education.  All of our courses focus on development of critical skills necessary to enhance clinical efficiency and professional satisfaction in today’s challenging medical-economic environment.  This is accomplished by facilitating productive intervention early in the patient interface through methods of:

  • Quick assessment of the type and magnitude of the patient’s presentation
  • Skillful application of effective treatment options for the most common types of presentations encountered in an orthopedic outpatient physical therapy practice

The initial series highlights the foundation of OMT practice.

  • Use of a clinically-based reasoning model
  • Interpreting palpation and movement testing findings
  • Effective manual, exercise and ergonomic interventions

  Orthopedic PT clinical expertise requires understanding of the interplay between body systems and the ability to interpret the contribution of each to the patient’s overall presentation.  As such, instruction will include pertinent anatomy and pathology associated with, and interplay between, the lymphatic, fascial, and arthro-neuro-motor systems.  Clinical skill development will focus on sharpening reasoning, manual and intervention proficiency.

   Participants should wear clothing that allows visual and manual access to the entire spine and extremities.  Participation in this course is strongly recommended, but not required, prior to participation in subsequent course.


Upon completion of the course the participants will have been instructed in:

  • Pertinent anatomy and pathology associated with, and interplay between, the lymphatic, fascial, and arthro-neuro-motor systems
  • Advanced palpation, passive movement testing and interpretation skills for the spine and extremities
  • Effective manual, exercise and ergonomic/ADL management intervention for the most common types of presentations seen in orthopedic PT practice:
    • Inflammation
    • Non-inflammatory edema
    • Muscle guarding
    • Mechanical presentations
      • Hypomobility due to shortened, adhered connective tissues
      • Hypermobility
    • Neuromotor deficits

To view the schedule, please click on the “Class Schedule” tab (located beneath the “Physical Therapist Education” tab)

To register, please click on the “Mini Series Course Application” tab.