Spinal manual therapy and rehabilitation: 3 month course

Held for 12 weeks on Tuesday night, this course covers the theoretical knowledge and manual therapy techniques necessary to effectively treat spinal musculoskeletal disorders. The course emphasizes the clinical reasoning process behind choosing management strategies and the development of thrust and non-thrust manual therapy skills. Additional topics include evaluation, pathophysiology, pain neuroscience, therapeutic exercise, and evidence supporting practice. The body parts covered in this course include the cervical spine (including upper cervical), thoracic (including cervicothoracic junction), lumbar spine and pelvis.

Starting Tuesday (6-9.30 pm) September 3rd thru November 18th in Redwood City, CA

Course Aims

Therapists should be able to

  1. Perform a more efficient evaluation

  2. Improve their clinical reasoning, so that they better interpret signs and symptoms and develop more effective treatment plans

  3. Increase the quantity, quality and variety of manual therapy they perform

  4. Learn to maximize function and physical activity in spite of pain and injury

  5. Understand how variations in pathophysiology influence management


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Roland Lucas PT MPhty FAAOMPT

  • Degree in Physiotherapy - University of Sydney, 1992

  • One Year Residency Program in Advanced Orthopedic Manual Therapy - Kaiser Permanente, Hayward CA, 1996

  • Six Month PNF Course - Kaiser Permanente, Vallejo CA, 1999 

  • Master of Physiotherapy (Manipulative and Sports Therapy) - University of South Australia, 2000

  • Six Month Certificate Series in Advanced Biomechanics of the Lower Quarter - Movement Performance Institute, Los Angeles  CA, 2013

  • Master of Science in Medicine (Clinical Epidemiology) in process - University of Sydney

Roland is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists. He has been teaching continuing education related to Sports, Orthopedic and Manual Physical Therapy since 1999. In 2017, Roland transitioned from private practice to Kaiser Permanente where he is a clinical specialist.

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Paul graduated with honors from the University of Hertfordshire, with a degree in Physiotherapy, in 1996. Since that time he completed a Master of Science Degree in Manipulative Therapy from the University of Brighton. Paul is a member of the Manipulation Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (UK equivalent of AAOMPT).  His thesis was on the reliability of physical and manual therapy assessment procedures for the cervical spine.  Paul has been teaching with Roland since 2003 and practices in outpatient orthopedics.