Logan and MU join forces on Manual Therapy Education

A free course will be held Aug. 4 at Missouri Orthopaedic Institute in Columbia.  

Vincent DeBono, DC is leading an introductory course to familiarize manual therapists with the identification and implications of various dysfunctional motor patterns in the treatment of musculoskeletal complaints. 

Sponsored by Mizzou Therapy Services, part of University of Missouri Health Care, the course is free and is geared to physical therapists, occupational therapists, Doctors of Chiropractic as well as certified athletic trainers.  

It will be held from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4 at the Missouri Orthopaedic Institute in Columbia, Missouri. To register, email Hannah Nichols at nicholshm@health.missouri.edu.

Dr. DeBono serves as Dean of the College of Chiropractic at Logan. He has extensive experience in the treatment of dysfunctional motor patterns through myofascial and kinesiology taping protocols. He has taught post-professional courses on these topics extensively in the U.S. and Europe for the past 10 years through the Motus Therapeutic Methods.

The course will include:

  • An overview of upper cross, lower cross and middle cross patterns and their biomechanical implications.
  • An overview of core stabilization patterns and dynamic stabilization patterns.
  • Postural and range of motion evaluations to assess dysfunctional patterns.
  • Instrument assisted soft tissue approaches to dysfunctional patterns.
  • Practical Kinesiology taping approaches to dysfunctional patterns.
  • Therapeutic movements, identification of directional preferences and exercises to address dysfunctional patterns
Upon completion, participants will be able to demonstrate:
  • An overview of common dysfunctional motor patterns and their biomechanical implications in musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction.
  • Evaluation and assessment of the common dysfunctional motor patterns.
  • Myofascial approaches to addressing common dysfunctional motor patterns.
  • Kinesiology taping approaches to addressing common dysfunctional
  • motor patterns.
  • Therapeutic movements and exercises to address common dysfunctional
  • motor patterns.

Brittany Ramirez, DC, LAT, ATC, CCSP, (2015) is an advanced practice clinician at the Mizzou Athletics Training Center, a Logan University Health Center partner site in Columbia, Missouri. She and Teresa Graff, PT, clinical supervisor for Mizzou Therapy Services at the Missouri Orthopaedic Institute (MOI), were responsible for organizing the course.

Through her connections to MOI, Dr. Ramirez has been able to make connections with different health care professionals within the physical therapy department, including Graff. Once there was a strong interest from MOI in having Dr. DeBono come and share his knowledge in the assessment and management of functional motor patterns, Dr Ramirez connected the dots.

“I recognize the value in having people outside our profession who can apply interventions and approach the same patients and get different outcomes,” Graff said. “We’ve found that there is so much we can do together and I’m excited to have the collaboration and support from Logan and Dr. DeBono who is willing to take the time and invest in the relationship that we have developed here.”

Dr. Ramirez said the Motus Therapy Methods is a manual therapy that is within the scope of practice for all the healthcare professionals who will be attending this CEU event. She said the goal of this event is to bring together multidisciplinary health care professionals to expand the referral network for co-managing patients. 

“To have the Dean of Logan’s College of Chiropractic share his knowledge on techniques that he is well versed in is an honor,” said Dr. Ramirez. “We hope this is just the first of many future collaborations between Logan and the University of Missouri.”


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