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Evaluation and Treatment of the Cervical-Thoracic Region: A Hierarchy Approach

Featuring Robert Shapiro DPT, COMT, NKT

This one day course introduces a systematic approach to evaluation and treatment of the cervical and upper thoracic spine.   Students will be able to identify and classify common pathologies and utilize various strategies to treat these pathologies effectively.  The course will consist of classroom training and ample hands-on learning opportunities.  Upon completion of this course, students will be familiar with treating patients using neurological techniques joint mobilization, soft tissue, and exercise-based treatment for the cervical and upper thoracic spine. 


Who should attend? Physical Therapist, Physical Therapists Assistants, Athletic Trainers


Upon successful completion of this course, the practitioner will learn how to:


  • Understand the basic clinical anatomy of the cervical and upper thoracic spine

  • Students will be  able to critically evaluate the science of the evaluation of the cervical and upper thoracic regions using appropriate clinical reasoning

  • Student will be  able to preform a clinical examination of the cervical and upper thoracic regions and classify cervical spine disorders based on signs and symptoms 

  • Student will be able to interpret cervical and upper thoracic spine examination procedures

  • Students will be able to determine when and how to use neural, joint, soft tissue and exercise based techniques to maximize patient outcomes .

  • Student will be able to preform treatment techniques which include techniques  for  neural based, joint based , soft tissue based  and exercise based  interventions.


New York Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants: Professional Seminars is recognized as an approved provider of Physical Therapist and Physical Therapist Assistant continuing education by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Physical Therapy. Full attendance at this Seminar qualifies for 7.8 contact hours in NY. 6.5 Contact hours in NJ. 


Athletic Trainers: Professional Seminars is recognized by the Board of Certification, Inc. to offer continuing education for the BOC-certified Athletic Trainers. This program has been approved for a maximum of 6.5 units of Category A continuing education.


OnDemand Pre-Course Content (Online Content)

Module 1 - Introduction

Module 2 - Clinical Anatomy & Biomechanics.

Module 3 - Clinical Examination.

In-Person Content

8:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.            Check-in/Registration

9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.           Classification System

9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.          Examination

10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.        BREAK

10:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.          Lab: Palpation - Alleviation/Provocation Testing

11:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.           Q&A

11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.           LUNCH (on your own)           

1:00 p.m. - 1:20 p.m.             Pain Dominant Assessment and Treatment

1:20 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.            Lab: Pain Dominant Patient Techniques

2:00 p.m. - 2:20 p.m.           Mobility Based Patient

2:20 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.           Lab: Mobility Testing Techniques

3:00 p.m. - 3:20 p.m.           Motor Control Patient

3:20 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.           Lab: Motor Control Techniques

4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.           Q&A

4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.          Closing Remarks





Any opinions, findings, recommendations, or conclusions expressed by the speaker(s) do not necessarily reflect the views of Professional Seminars. Professional Seminars reserves the right to substitute a qualified instructor due to unforeseen circumstances. Registrants will not receive a certificate until payment has been received and the course has been successfully completed. If payment is not received ten (10) days prior to the seminar, the course certificate may not be present at the seminar. If a payment is refunded for insufficient funds, a processing fee wil be charged as allowed by law.


Robert Shapiro, MA, PT, COMT, NKT, SFMA

Robert Shapiro DPT, COMT, NKT

Robert Shapiro graduated summa cum laude from Touro College with a Masters in Physical Therapy. Mr. Shapiro specializes in correcting muscle imbalances, postural alignment, and body mechanics to facilitate full recovery using muscle energy techniques, spinal mobilization/manipulation, prescriptive exercises, strain-counter-strain, myofascial release, Primal Reflex Release Technique (PRRT), the Hesch Method, and Neurokinetic Therapy (NKT). Mr. Shapiro was an adjunct professor at Touro College and New York Institute of Technology.


Cancellations received at least five (5) business days before the event are refundable, less a $50.00 administrative charge per registrant. There will be no refund for cancellations received later. Please note: If you register and do not attend, you are still responsible for full payment. The expense of continuing education, when taken to maintain and improve professional skills, may be tax deductible. Please contact your accountant for complete details. For courses cancelled by Professional Seminars Ltd. participants have the option to attend a rescheduled date or receive a full refund of the registration cost. 


Email:   Phone: (631) 359-2450   Fax: (631) 359-2450


$399 Standard Single Registration

$349 Early Bird Registration (Early Bird Ends March 28th, 2024)

$169 Student Single Registration

$99   Student Early Bird Registration (Early Bird Ends March 28th, 2024)


Registration Includes: Course handouts and Continental Breakfast.

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