Spinal Mobilizations Made Easy
I get asked all the time about how to remember and apply the principles of spinal mobilization. In response, I have made a quick video describing the basics of thoracic and cervical spine mobs. I do want to emphasize that there are books written about this material and that there exists a healthy debate as to the exact nature of the coupled movements. My whole goal is to describe the basics and let you apply it to practice questions to make your life a little easier.
Please check it out and let me know what you think (whether it’s helpful or totally off base).
I wanted to give some quick updates to some of my latest happenings and get some input on when and what to do in another free Google Hangout. I’ve done 2 Hangouts in the last few months, both of which have been tons of fun and help me understand how I can best serve the readers of my blog.
The first Hangout I did discussed the basics of the NPTE and how the exam is structured. This is useful if you are unfamiliar with the setup and will give you a good starting point to begin from in your preparation.
The second Hangout I did was mostly about the “advanced” techniques for studying for the exam and give you a little more confidence in your study approach. I received a lot of feedback from this one as a result of my encouragement to spend a significant amount time getting your review material out of the most common textbooks and not just the review books (my own included).
In this next Hangout (date to be determined, but probably next week), I want to discuss the things that are on your mind heading into the NPTE in October or January. Please send me your input or comment on this post so I know what to address next week. (Don’t worry—I post all of these to YouTube so that you can catch up if you happen to miss them).
January 2015 Mastermind Study Group
September and October are extremely busy months for me. In addition to regular clinical duties, I spend a lot of time with my latest Mastermind Study Group. For me, this is the most rewarding part of my career—I sincerely enjoy working with students and helping them prepare for the NPTE.
I have now posted the next syllabus and dates for the next Mastermind Study Group that I’ll begin on November 29 and will continue until January 11. You can read more about these study groups and see the unedited reviews that students have posted. This program continues to blossom and improve, each one getting better and richer in content. I even have an awesome TA helping me with some of the leg work.
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As always, please let me know how I can serve you best. Cheers!
10 thoughts on “Spinal Mobilizations Made Easy”
I am doing this in class right now, and this was a very helpful supplement. Thanks Will!
Cervical and thoracic mobs video: simplified and very helpful
Thank you, this is really useful. Appreciate your efforts.
Can you please post the link for the article in your blog.
Done. It is in the post text or you can find it here: https://www.spinerf.org/sites/default/files/journal/Banton%20Biomechanics.pdf
I’m a little confused about something you mentioned in the video. The inferior articular process of the superior vertebra overlaps the superior articular process of the inferior vertebra in the C/S and T/S. Therefore, wouldn’t a PA force on the superior vertebra approximate the facet joint? Thanks for making the video!
Yes to a point, but don’t forget that sidebending is occurring as well, which will open the facet joint. .
Very helpful video! It simplified spinal mobs with clear explanations about where and why to mobilize.
very clear and easy to understand explanation
Thank you for making this video! Sources I have read state that side bending and rotation occur in the same direction in the cervical spine and in opposite directions in the thoracic and lumbar spine in neutral (Fryette’s Law). Is this incorrect and does it change how the mobilizations are done in the thoracic spine? Thanks
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