Manual Physical Therapy Courses

Manual Physical Therapy Courses

One of our featured providers is a well-known provider of Manual Physical Therapy Courses, The International Academy of Orthopedic Medicine-US

manual physical therapy courses

Manual Physical Therapy Courses

IAOM-US integrates diagnosis-specific musculoskeletal management, biopsychosocial and sensorimotor control models to create live, hybrid and online on-demand Manual Physical Therapy Courses for evidence-based, post-professional Physical Therapy education. The Hybrid courses consist of the equivalent of one day of training online followed by a two day live course. On-line courses that we have noted include Diagnosis and Management of Acute Lumbar Spine Disorders – 8 CEUs, and Diagnosis and Management of the Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and Cervicothoracic Junction – 8 CEUs.

Live courses

Live courses of interest that we have noted include Differential Diagnosis And MSK Management of the Lumbar Spine, Anchorage AK, Sept 2020; UE Track: Systematic Evaluation & Treatment of the Wrist I, Kenosha WI, Oct 2020; Clinical Examination And MSK Management of the Hip, Spokane WA, Oct 2020; Dry Needling Level I with Cadaver, Abilene TX, Nov 2020; and

Manual Physical Therapy

UE Track: Systematic Evaluation & Treatment of the TOS/CTJ, Nashville TN, Nov 2020. Instructors for these courses include well-known clinicians including Ann Porretto-Loehrke, DPT, CHT, COMT, Theresa Parry OTR MS CHT COMT, and Jamie Bergner, OTD, OTR/L, CHT, COMT.


Through systematic coursework, certification and membership, participants can also expand and advance their career by opting for a Certification in Orthopedic Manual Therapy (COMT), an American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE) approved fellowship, or even a doctoral studies pathway. The IAOM-Fellowship Program allows colleagues to maintain their present employment arrangements and experience learning in the framework of their own caseload. This arrangement enables maximizing learning in a familiar context and minimize stresses on personal and family members’ lives. This enables participants to maintain their current earnings. The IAOM-US Fellowship Program is committed to advancing physical therapy practitioners in evidence-based clinical diagnostics and orthopedic manual therapy.
The link to this excellent provider of Manual Physical Therapy Courses, The  International Academy of Orthopedic Medicine-US, is here: Link to IAOM

Additional Manual Physical Therapy Courses

Here are some brief descriptions and links to several other providers of  Manual Physical Therapy Courses that are currently listed on the Comprehensive Physical Therapy Continuing Education  Provider Directory page:

Institute of Manual and Manipulative Therapy®

The Institute of Manual and Manipulative Therapy® (IMMT)  Link to IMMT was founded by Dr. Dustin Buck in 2018 to help clinicians gain technical mastery of certain manual therapy skills. Dr. Buck’s courses allocate the majority of the course time to teaching fundamentals of the skills needed by practitioners in the clinic. This includes both the components of the hands-on skills, and the practical reasoning to apply the skills safely and judiciously on a patient-to-patient basis. The IMMT offers a four-course series ending with practical and written certification exams. The Certification in Thrust Joint Manipulation (Cert. TJM) credential designates the recipient as a specialist in performing safe, effective thrust joint manipulation for the entire skeleton.

Orthopedic Physical Therapy Courses

Manual Physical Therapy Alliance – Link to MPTA  MPTA’s goal is to develop clinicians that are able to integrate the three pillars of evidence-informed practice to progress their patients along the continuum of care.The MPTA supports the INTEGRATION of the following within the classes they promote: Clinical reasoning founded on the principle of “test-treat-retest-adapt” treatment philosophy, Pain Sciences & Patient Education, Activity Modification & Graded Exposure Training, Dry Needling, Manual Therapy, Spinal Manipulation, Prescriptive Exercise, Therapeutic Exercise, and Performance Enhancement. IMT-1 course is listed on our Certifications/Techniques page. Link to Cert Page

Positional Release Therapy Institute


Positional Release Therapy Institute – Link to PRTI   Positional Release Therapy (PRT) also known by its parent term, strain counterstrain, is a form of manual medicine that resolves pain and tissue dysfunction. Through positioning the body and tissue in positions of comfort, the neurological system can be manipulated to interrupt the pain spasm cycle and over time, to reset the resting length of tissue in a “normal” range, which promotes an increase in strength, performance and function. Essentially, PRT is the opposite of stretching. Much like unkinking a knot from a chain necklace, PRT works in the same fashion; tissues are pushed together, twisted, compressed and manipulated to take tension off “neurological chain links.” PRT-i faculty utilize sound evidence-based adult learning teaching approaches so that your learning experience is both rewarding and lasting. All instructional offerings adhere to an instructor to participant ratio of 1:12 to maximize your hands-on learning experience.

Additional Manual Physical Therapy Courses

Manual Physical Therapy Courses

The Institute of Advanced Musculoskeletal Treatments Link to IAMT goals include the continued professional development of physical therapy skills and the advancement of physical therapy as a high-quality healthcare alternative for people suffering pain.
IAMT offers several Specialty Courses all designed to help make physical therapy the first choice for patients suffering pain. IAMT also offers a Dry Needling Certification (CDN) curriculum Link and a Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist (COMT) curriculum. Link These are further discussed on our Certifications/Techniques page. Link to Cert Page


The Institute of Clinical Excellence Link to ICE
ICE offers a diverse combination of manual therapy focused courses. Included are foundational clinical management courses, fitness and endurance athlete content, and fitness and health promotion certifications. ICE Courses on Fitness Athlete Management and Performance Artist Management are listed on the Certifications/Techniques page. Link to Cert Page

Additional Manual Physical Therapy Courses

Manual Physical Therapy Courses

Manual Physical Therapy Courses

Functional Manual Therapy®, offered by the Institute of Physical Art  Link to IPA is an integrated and artistic intervention which couples mechanical treatment of the joints, soft tissues, visceral and neurovascular systems with manual neuromuscular facilitation to enhance optimum motor control and human function. The Institute of Physical Art is the sole provider for Functional Manual Therapy®, and the certification process is listed on our Certifications/Techniques page Link to Cert Page. Also offers an ABPTRFE accredited Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship program.

Modern Manual Therapy – The Eclectic Approach  Link to MMT  is Dr. Erson Religioso’s line of seminars for clinicians that are taught online and in live venues around the world. The Eclectic Approach started with Modern Manual Therapy and has expanded to Modern Strength Training. An emphasis of The Eclectic Approach is ease and immediate application. Courses offered include The Eclectic Approach to Upper Quarter and Lower Quarter Assessment and Treatment, The Eclectic Approach to Spinal Thrust Manipulation, and The Eclectic Approach to Soft Tissue Manipulation. Dr. Religioso has also developed a line of mobility, fitness and rehab products along with pain science education materials at The EDGE Mobility System. Link to EDGE

CE For Therapy was launched June 2017. We are scanning for new Manual Physical Therapy Courses continuously. As a result,  the directory on the website is always as up-to-date as possible. If you are aware of any additional Providers of Manual Physical Therapy Courses that should be included, please contact us.

Frequently Asked Manual Physical Therapy Questions

What is a certified orthopedic manual therapist?

COMT = Certification in Orthopedic Manual Therapy. IAOM-US offers certifications in Non-Operative Orthopedic Medicine and Manual Therapy for physical and occupational therapists (COMT). Certifications are offered in the areas of the Spine, Extremities, and Upper Quadrant.

What is manual therapy certification?

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The CFMT  (Functional Manual Therapy™ Certification)   review/certification is an intense 4 days of review of 8 required courses. The review/certification is followed by 2 days of written and oral/practical testing.
The following courses are the required course work. Functional Mobilization I, CoreFirst™ Strategies for Back Education and Training, Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation I are included. FMT Foundations, Functional Mobilization II, Functional Mobilization Lower Quadrant, and Functional Mobilization Upper Quadrant are also required. Additionally, applicants must attend Functional Gait.