Two of Alpine’s physical therapists headed to Phoenix last month, not to work on their tans but to hone in their manual therapy skills for mobilizing and manipulating the spine. Jamie Terry and Samantha Schmidt took a three-day intensive course from the Maitland Australian Physiotherapy Seminars.
Techniques were used to assess and improve mobility at different levels of the spine. When a particular spine segment is stiff or painful, it prevents other areas of the spine system to move correctly. Doing so leads to restrictions and limitations in normal activities and movements.
By understanding how to properly assess and change the segments that are stiff or painful, therapists with MAPS training have a greater advantage when helping patients get back to fun stuff like skiing, running, and living . . . again faster!
A core component of our approach at Alpine is to encourage all of our physical therapists to seek out these types of courses. Our vision is to continually take the manual skills of our therapists to the highest level in a way that synergizes with our approach toward training patients in corrective movement.