Do Your course provide CEus for license renewal in California?

Our courses are approved for CEUs by the California Physical Therapy Association which is approved by the California Board of Physical Therapy to offer CEUs for license renewal. We do not offer CEUs for any other States.

What happens if I need to miss a class?

Hopefully, you will be able to attend all dates, but if illness or other commitments prevent you from attending one or more sessions, there are a few options: 1) review handouts and any relevant online content, 2) work with classmates outside of class to “catch up”, 3) seek help from instructors during break time to clarify any theory or receive feedback on manual techniques. Participants always have the option to attend missed classes the following year, but this is rarely necessary.

What are the characteristics of the students that get the most out of our courses?

  1. Being open minded to looking at familiar concepts in a new way

  2. Recognizing that patient improvement with your current PT skills does not mean your current practice is optimal

  3. Regularly review course material eg manual and online content

  4. Practice manual therapy techniques outside of class with other participants, co-workers or on family members one hour per week

  5. Make a conscious effort to integrate taught material into clinical practice as much as possible during the year.

What are the characteristics of the students who do not get much out of our courses?

  1. Being strongly attached to the philosophy of one particular approach to managing musculoskeletal pain.

  2. Feeling like you have all the answers you need to manage musculoskeletal pain.

  3. Not recognizing the complexity of patient management and placing too much weight on one particular management strategy (eg manual therapy, stabilization, movement science, education, rehab fads etc).

  4. Placing undue reliance on a limited selection of published research.

  5. Believing that the principles of the course cannot be applied within the limitations of a particular practice environment.

Can I benefit from your courses if I am not currently working in outpatient orthopedics?

Our courses are designed to help people more efficiently and more effectively manage musculoskeletal pain and injury, so they are best for people who are currently working in outpatient orthopedic or sports PT or for those clinicians who intend to move into outpatient orthopedics in the near future. However, many therapists working in skilled nursing, home health or acute find our courses useful. If you plan on attending a course and are not currently working in outpatient orthopedics it is best if you can line up some family and friends with musculoskeletal complaints and work on them to help solidify your skills.

Do I need to attend both 3 month courses?

No. Each 3 month course is independent. There is a little bit of overlap in-terms of theory, but this is a useful review for those people who wish to take both the spinal and extremity 3 month course.

I have a musculoskeletal injury that might prevent other participants from practicing manual therapy on me. Should I still attend the course?

Yes. There are very few people (including PTs) without injury. Most of these injuries can handle some form of skillful manual therapy. However, the process of having participants practice manual therapy techniques on an injured area can lead to irritation and worsening pain. If this is the case the participant would practice in a group of three for that body part.

My hands hurt when I do manual therapy, so I avoid doing manual therapy. Should I still attend the course?

Yes. There are a number of reasons why therapists get hand pain. Firstly, therapists can become creatures of habit and use the same techniques over and over again, leading to overuse of certain hand muscles and joints. Our courses help this problem as they encourage use of a wide range of manual techniques using different hand positions or no hands at all. Increased variety of techniques is better for minimizing hand pain and also better for patient improvement. Another reason therapists get hand pain is that they are not creative with patient positioning so that they can achieve the same tissue response with less force. These concepts are also covered in our courses. The third reason for therapists getting hand pain is that they are relatively weak in the hands and forearms. Ideally females would have grip strength in the 70-100lb range and males would have grip strength in the 90-120lb range. This can be corrected with training the hands with exercises such as those shown here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9pOXiuy8iU. Rehab is a physical activity for patient and therapist, so general full body working out is recommended too.

Additionally, the course is about much more than manual therapy. Essentially it is a clinical decision making course with emphasis on manual therapy. Many students feel that the most important gains are in how they think differently.

Do i need to be able to see my patients one-on-one for 45 minutes to make use of this material?

No, we have worked hard to make sure the yearlong course concepts work within typical practice environments. Of course, some complicated patients require more time, but generally you can implement this material with 30 minutes of uninterrupted time for first visit and 15-20 min of one-on-one time during follow-up visits.

Can Physical therapy assistants attend our courses?

No.

Can foreign training physical Therapists that are unlicensed in california attend our courses?

Yes. If you have completed what is deemed to be a Bachelor of Physical Therapy/Physiotherapy you may attend the course with Roland’s approval. Foreign trained exercise physiologists, kinesiologists, massage therapists and rehab therapists are not allowed to attend the course.

What happens if there are not enough enrollments for the course to run?

The course will be cancelled and participants will be refunded.

When will Roland offer weekend courses?

Roland does not have any current plans to offer weekend courses at this time.