This two-day course will provide the participant with the skills required to expand and market their practice for the diagnosis and treatment of cervicogenic headaches and TMJ dysfunction. This course is designed for clinicians with or without significant experience in treating patients with cervicogenic headaches and/or TMJ dysfunction. Anatomy and biomechanical principles of these regions will be covered followed by the most up-to-date evidence from the peer-reviewed literature. The vast majority of the course will be spent in lab sessions learning assessment, classification methods, and interventions that are associated with Evidence-Based Practice. Many of the manual therapy and exercise interventions for these two regions overlap so the participant will attain considerable proficiency in these skills during the two-day course. Lab sessions will focus on practical, clinician-friendly assessment and treatment techniques by doctorally-trained instructors who have completed fellowships in orthopedic manual therapy.
1. Understand the anatomy and biomechanics and how they relate to diagnosis and treatment of cervicogenic headaches and TMJ dysfunction.
2. Be knowledgeable of the contraindications for manual therapy to the upper cervical spine.
3. Understand how the peer-reviewed literature guides the diagnosis and treatment of cervicogenic headaches and TMJ dysfunction
4. Be able to correctly perform the following interventions for patients with cervicogenic headaches and TMJ dysfunction:
a. Orthopedic manual therapy to include High-Velocity/Low Amplitude Thrust (HVLA), Muscle Energy, and Mobilization techniques to the TMJ, cervical spine and cervicothoracic junction. An introduction to HVLA techniques targeting the upper thoracic spine will also be covered if time permits.
b. Exercises for neuromuscular re-education, strengthening and endurance
c. Home exercise prescription
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