Clinical Orthopedic Manual Therapy (COMT) for the Low Back and Pelvis

September 14, 2019 : 9:00am - September 15, 2019 - 5:00pm

Clinical Orthopedic Manual Therapy for the Low Back and Pelvis is part of a larger Clinical Orthopedic Manual Therapy (COMT) Certification. The other hands-on workshops in this series cover the neck, upper extremity, and lower extremity.

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Dates & Times
Saturday, September 14th | 9:00am - 6:00pm
*Complimentary Chapter Meeting and Lunch (1pm - 2pm)
Sunday, September 15th  9:00am - 6:00pm

Tower Square Hotel | 2 Boland Way | Springfield, MA 01115

Joe Muscolino, DC

Earn up to 16 CEs in one weekend

PLEASE NOTE: You must take BOTH days for the 16 NCBTMB credits

$175 for Saturday & Sunday
$100 for Saturday Only

Class Details & Course Description

Saturday | 9:00am - 6:00pm
Day one begins with orthopedic assessment for the common musculoskeletal (neuro-myo-fascio-skeletal) conditions of the sacroiliac joint and lumbar spine. We then cover body mechanics for deep pressure for working the lower back in prone and side-lying positions. With proper body mechanics, you will learn how the low back can be worked deeply with little effort. We also learn how to palpate and safely and effectively work the psoas major, both abdominal and femoral bellies, in multiple positions. We then discuss fundamental concepts of stretching, beginning with basic stretching for the functional muscle groups of the lower back and then learning how to target each specific muscle with multiplane stretching.

Sunday | 9:00am - 6:00pm
Day two covers more advanced stretching. We begin with advanced neural inhibition stretching techniques, including Contract Relax (PNF/PIR), Agonist Contract (the basis for AIS), and Contract Relax Agonist Contract stretching techniques. We also cover pin and stretch technique. Day two concludes with Arthrofascial Stretching (AFS): Soft Tissue Joint Mobilization for Manual Therapists (including traction) for the lumbosacral spine. AFS is the only effective means of stretching the intrinsic fascia of specific hypomobilities of the lumbosacral region.

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.

Instructor Bio
Dr. Joe Muscolino has been a manual and movement therapy educator for more than 30 years. He is the author of multiple textbooks including The Muscular System Manual, The Skeletal Muscles of the Human Body, 4th Edition, The Muscle and Bone Palpation Manual, with Stretching, Trigger Points, and Referral Patterns, 2nd Edition, and Kinesiology, The Skeletal System and Muscle Function, 3rd Edition. He has also created 12 DVDs on manual and movement therapy.

He teaches continuing education workshops around the United States and overseas, and he offers a Certification in Clinical Orthopedic Manual Therapy (COMT). He also offers a digital streaming subscription service called Digital COMT (DCOMT) that contains all his video content plus new content uploaded each and every week. For more information, visit his website: He can be reached directly at

The AMTA-MA Chapter has a no refund policy. We are happy to allow you to transfer your unused education credit to a future AMTA-MA Chapter event. In the event you have to reschedule, please email and we will issue you an AMTA-MA Chapter Education Credit valid for one year.