Spinal Manipulation Foundations, Gibbons & Tehan Course One

December 9, 10 2017

Faculty:  Britt Smith PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

              Tim Fearon PT, DPT, FAAOMPT


This entry level course is designed for those with no experience in spinal manipulation or a lack of confidence in the skills that they currently have.  The class is the Peter Gibbons & Phillip Tehan course 1 material and that is the bias on techniques however there is an effort made to integrate other techniques that may be easier to control for some participants.  There is a focus on passive assessment and control of motion in the spinal column.  End of range non-thrust mobilization will be practiced prior to introducing thrust so that the learner is afforded the opportunity to contextualize the techniques in the spectrum of joint motion.

This class in done in co-operation with A. T. Still University and PT students are invited to enroll as well as practicing physical therapists.   

Course Objectives

  1. Discuss the current best evidence relating to spinal manipulative therapy (SMT). ·           

  2. Describe the risks and benefits of SMT. ·             

  3. List absolute and relative contraindications of SMT. ·  
  4. Discuss the evidence supporting the use and interpretation of clinical tests for vertebrobasilar insufficiency (VBI) and upper cervical instability. ·      
  5. Discuss the rationale for the use of SMT thrust techniques. ·           
  6. Describe and demonstrate the spinal positioning and locking at different regions of the spine necessary to ensure patient comfort, safety, and the effective delivery of SMT thrust techniques.