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Clinical Orthopedic Manual Therapy (COMT) for the Neck

Date: September 9 - 10, 2017

Time: 9:00 am - 6:30 pm


Sheraton Framingham Hotel & Conference Center
1657 Worcester Road
Framingham, MA 01701
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Debbie Baker
Phone: 888.833.3206 ext 2



INSTRUCTOR: Joe Muscolino, DC

CONTINUING EDUCATION: 16 CEs (NCB approved): Participants can take Saturday only (8 CEs). Participants who register for Sunday MUST attend Saturday class.

PLEASE NOTE: You must take BOTH days for NCBTMB credits (16 CEs)!


Clinical Orthopedic Manual Therapy (COMT) for the Neck covers the major clinical orthopedic assessment and treatment techniques for the neck. This course is a 2-day hands-on workshop.

SATURDAY 9/9 | 9:00am-6:30pm | Day one begins with orthopedic assessment for the common neuromusculoskeletal conditions of the neck. We then cover body mechanics for deep pressure for working the neck in supine, prone, side-lying, 3⁄4 side-lying, and seated positions. With proper body mechanics, you will learn how the neck can be worked deeply with little effort. We also learn how to palpate and safely and effectively work the scalenes and longus musculature of the anterior neck. *The AMTA-MA Chapter meeting and lunch will be on Saturday from 12pm-1:30pm.

SUNDAY 9/10 | 9:00am-6:00pm | Day two covers stretching, including arthrofascial stretching (AFS) techniques. We begin with basic stretching for the functional muscle groups of the neck and then learn how to target each specific neck muscle with multiplane stretching. We then cover advanced neural inhibition stretching techniques, including Contract Relax (PNF/PIR), Agonist Contract (the basis for AIS), and Contract Relax Agonist Contract stretching techniques. Day two concludes with AFS (soft tissue Grade IV joint mobilization for manual therapists), including traction, for the cervical spine. AFS is the only effective means of stretching specific hypomobilities of the neck.

Clinical treatment strategy as well as precautions and contraindications are also covered. These manual therapy skills will empower you to do effective clinical orthopedic work. Throughout this hands-on workshop, Dr. Joe Muscolino reinforces the underlying mechanisms for each of the assessment and treatment techniques, encouraging critical reasoning skills.

Clinical Orthopedic Manual Therapy for the Neck is part of larger Clinical Orthopedic Manual Therapy (COMT) Certification. The other hands-on workshops in this series cover the low back/pelvis, upper extremity, lower extremity, and AFS.


  • Massage table with face cradle
  • Stool
  • Bolster and pillow
  • Sheets and face cradle cover
  • King size pillow case, preferrably flannel (or thin/threadbare bath-sized towel)
  • Lotion/balm
  • Soft foam cushions (approx 6x10 inches) or bath towel
  • Participants should wear an open-neck shirt that allows access to the neck


AMTA Members = $200 | Non-Members $300

AMTA Members = $100 Non-Members = $150

Discounted hotel rooms are available at $129 per night (subject to taxes) when booked by 8.8.17 Parking is free.

*The AMTA-MA Chapter often sells out its education events therefore we have a no refund cancellation policy. We are pleased to allow you to transfer your credit and apply it to a future AMTA-MA Chapter event. In the event that you have to reschedule, please email and we will issue you an AMTA-MA Chapter Education Credit valid for 1 year.

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