EIM’s Management of Cervical & Thoracic Disorders course is designed to enhance the participant’s knowledge and skill level in the evidence-based management of individuals with cervical-thoracic spine and ribcage disorders and dysfunction. This lab intensive course focuses on the clinical reasoning and hands-on skill development necessary to effectively integrate manual physical therapy examination and intervention techniques into the clinical management of these individuals. Classification systems, outcomes assessment tools, and the application of diagnostic imaging are discussed as components of the diagnostic process within the framework of evidence-based practice. Participants will receive hands-on demonstration and practice of both examination and selected interventions of cervical and thoracic spine.


This course is delivered in a blended learning fashion, combining online and on-site learning experiences to facilitate participant learning. An interactive and media-rich online precourse is provided to participants 30 days in advance of an intensive 2-day on-site laboratory weekend.

The online precourse provides an evidence-based overview of the management of cervical and thoracic spine disorders using a series of web-based video presentations, key evidence summaries and primary research articles.

The on-site lab intensive weekend provides participants with hands-on demonstration and practice of selected examination and manipulative techniques for the upper thorax and neck regions. A heavy focus is placed on the skill development and proficient use of hold-relax, mobilization, and manipulation interventions for these regions. The course will have a student to faculty ratio of no greater than 18:1. An online post-test and on-site skill assessments are used to reinforce course objectives and assess learning. Successful completion of this course requires 80% or higher on post-test, skills assessment and attendance at each onsite day.

Instructor: Dr. Jeff Moore PT, DPT, MTC, Cert-SMT, OCS, FAAOMPT

Target Audience: Advanced level course open to licensed physical therapists.

Credits: 24 contact hours (8 online and 16 on-site) from EIM Institutes of Health Professions

EIM Program Applicability: None.

Prerequisites: This course requires participants to have either attended an EIM Cervical Thoracic Weekend Intensive or specific post professional coursework in manipulation. Additionally PTs with FAAOMPT and MTC are eligible. EIM reserves the right to accept or waive prerequisites based on individual background and course work

Appropriate dress: Participants are asked to bring appropriate attire for lab sessions (i.e. shorts and t-shirts and sports bras for women) and air-conditioned environments throughout the day (i.e. warm-up or work-out clothes).


Upon completing this course, you’ll be able to:

  1. Students will effectively screen patients for vascular pain using a targeted medical history, patient interview, and physical exam
  2. Students will demonstrate proper pre-thrust procedures to ensure safety and patient comfort, including but not limited to pre-thrust positioning and stability screening
  3. Students will demonstrate appropriate and effortless control of leverages and thrust amplitude for two different techniques in each region of the cervical spine, thoracic spine, and ribs 1-8.
  4. Students will verbalize and demonstrate the key physical components of each technique that minimize force loss during thrust delivery
  5. Students will understand the current evidence supporting and challenging the effectiveness of cervical and thoracic HVLAT in different patient populations and clinical syndromes

Most importantly – be able to apply this stuff to your clinical practice next week!

References Required and supplementary articles are listed in each weekly module and can be downloaded from the Moodle Learning Management System.


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