Continuing Medical Education: Manual Therapy Pearls for Spine Conditions

2-Day Course

Date: Saturday, September 23 and Sunday September 24, 2023

Time: 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Location: Thompson Health Canandaigua Rehabilitation Clinic
699 South Main St., Suite 2A, Canandaigua

Course Description:  Manual Therapy Pearls For Spine Conditions It's typical to walk away from a good continuing education course with one or two "clinical pearls", things that you can apply Monday morning that will have a significant impact on your practice and patient outcomes. Imagine an entire course of "clinical pearls" that can be used to treat patients with challenging spine conditions. Participants learn manual therapy interventions routinely used by expert clinicians. Most are supported by research and others by years of clinical experience. Participants will leave this course with manual therapy skills and treatment strategies they can apply immediately. The course is intended for the novice and experienced clinician and will facilitate critical thinking and clinical reasoning

Registration information


Register online using the form below. Deadline to register is August 23, 2021.

Cancellations must be received no later than August 23th for either a full credit to attend a future course, or a refund.


$100: Full-Time Thompson Health Rehab Staff

$300: per diems and/or external attendees

The course is sponsored by EMSI -

For more information call Benjamine VanHeck at 585.396.6050.

Manual Therapy Pearls for Spine Conditions


Course Schedule

  DAY 1 Lab Topic                                                                      
7:30am-8:00am     Registration
8:00am-8:30am     Introduction, Evidence-Informed Practice, Biopsychosocial Model, Clinical Practice Guidelines
8:30am-10:30am    Cervicogenic Headaches
10:30am-10:40am   MORNING BREAK (10-15 min)
10:40am-12:10pm   Neck Pain With Mobility Deficits
12:10pm-1:00pm    LUNCH BREAK (50-60 min)
1:00pm-2:00pm     Neck Pain With Mobility Deficits
2:00pm-3:10pm     Neck Pain With Radiating Pain
3:10pm-3:20pm     AFTERNOON BREAK (10-15 min)
3:20pm-4:20pm     Neck Pain With Radiating Pain
4:20pm-5:00pm     Neck Pain With Movement Coordination Impairments
  DAY 2 Lab Topic                                                                      
7:30am-8:00am     Check-In
8:00am-8:30am     Review Neck Pain
8:30am-9:00am     Rib Pain With Mobility Deficits
9:00am-10:30am    Low Back Pain With Mobility Deficits (Lumbar)
10:30am-10:40am   MORNING BREAK (10-15 min)
10:40am-12:10pm   Low Back Pain With Mobility Deficits (Sacroiliac)
12:10pm-1:00pm    LUNCH BREAK (50-60 min)
1:00pm-3:10pm     Low Back Pain With Radiating Pain
3:10pm-3:20pm     AFTERNOON BREAK (10-15 min)
3:20pm-3:50pm     Low Back Pain With Radiating Pain
3:50pm-4:30pm     Low Back Pain With Movement Coordination Impairments
4:30pm-5:00pm     Closing Remarks, Course Evaluations, Certificates
Manual therapy interventions that will be covered include myofascial release (MFR), pin & stretch, cupping, muscle energy technique (MET), neuro mobilization, joint mobilization, mobilization with movement, and HVLA thrust manipulation.
Participants also learn how to integrate simple and effective educational strategies into treatment sessions to help their patients think differently about their pain. Changing a patient's mindset and altering their narrative about why they have pain frees them from negative thoughts and allows them to heal


Contact hours

UR Medicine Thompson Health is an approved provider for New York State Education Department, Department of Professions for PT/PTA CEUs. Course attendees will earn the following:

  • PT/PTA 16 contact hours or 1.6 CEUs


 John Winslow, DPT, OCS, MTC, ATC


John Winslow, DPT, OCS, MTC, ATC

John Winslow received a master's degree in physical therapy from Old Dominion University, VA and a clinical doctorate in orthopaedic manual therapy from the University of St Augustine for Health Sciences, FL. Dr. Winslow is a licensed physical therapist (PT), orthopaedic certified specialist (OCS), certified manual therapist (MTC), and certified athletic trainer (ATC). Over his 30 + year career, Dr. Winslow has trained with some of the top manual therapists in the world. His area of expertise is in spine rehabilitation, particularly with athletes. He has published in the Journal of Orthopaedics and Sports Physical Therapy, Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine, Journal of Athletic Training, Journal of Therapeutic Massage and Body Work, Athletic Training & Sports Health Care, and the Journal of Physical Therapy Education.  Dr. Winslow was the former director of sports medicine, physical therapy, and athletic training at Cayuga Medical Center, Ithaca, NY.  He is the co-founder of the Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency program at Cayuga Medical Center where he continues to teach medical screening, musculoskeletal imaging, and HVLA thrust manipulation. Under his leadership, Cayuga Medical Center received the Outstanding Center for Physical Therapy Award from the New York/New Jersey Physical Therapy Clinical Education Consortium. In 2010 Dr. Winslow was awarded the first Louis W. Munchmeyer award for clinical excellence. Dr. Winslow has been teaching continuing education courses in manual therapy for over twenty years and is currently an Associate Professor in the physical therapy department at Ithaca College. He is the founder and president of the Society of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy, an organization dedicated to training bodywork professionals in the art and science of manual therapy.