The purpose of this course is to improve the participant’s integration of the musculoskeletal & nervous systems role in the management of the primary neurologically involved client. This course will focus on evaluation and manual therapy strategies designed to decrease pain, manage tone, and improve function in the spine and the extremities for patients with neurological disorders. The concept of manual therapy will be discussed in both orthopaedic and neurological theoretical frameworks, in order to provide the participant with a comprehensive neuromuscular and orthopaedic manual therapy understanding to effectively treat the nervous system. Participants will obtain proficiency in select manual therapy skills and integrate emerging evidence on manual therapy and pain neuroscience education for the patient with primary neurological dysfunction.


Pre-course preparation (9 hours of online lectures) and 2 days at a clinical site.

Target Audience: Licensed Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist primary in the Neurological Setting.

Credits: 26 contact hours (10 online and 16 on-site) from EIM Institutes of Health Professions

Program Applicability: Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency, Certification, and Postprofessional DPT (NEUR 6130WI; 1 credit)

Prerequisites: None

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).


  1. Discuss how manual therapy (mobilization/manipulation) can affect the nervous system for the patient with primary neurological dysfunction.
  2. Perform with moderate proficiency manual therapy (mobilization/manipulation) to the spine and extremities for the patient with primary neurological dysfunction.
  3. Apply manual therapy and pain neuroscience education (PNE) to optimize movement and recovery for the patient with primary neurological dysfunction.
  4. Apply manual therapy techniques to manage tone in order to optimize movement and recovery for the patient with primary neurological dysfunction.
  5. Discuss the concept of Regional Interdependence (RI) for the patient with primary neurological dysfunction.
  6. Discuss orthopaedic considerations for the patient with primary neurological dysfunction.

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.


If you are in need of a disability-related accommodation, please contact We will process requests for reasonable accommodation and will provide reasonable accommodations where appropriate, in a prompt and efficient manner. For more information please see the Accommodation Procedures for Disabled Participants page.