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Eureka Seminars is pleased and proud to announce the arrival of the first course in our new Contemporary Manual Therapy (CMT) course program. Developed by Drs. Keith Poorbaugh, Francis Jung, and Jan Dommerholt, our manual therapy program is not just another course where you will learn how to perform mobilizations and manipulations from a strict biomechanical perspective. Instead, the CMT program incorporates current insights from the pain sciences combined with a systems-based approach and evidence-informed clinical reasoning. Learn all you need to know to effectively treat your patients with Contemporary Manual Therapy and motor learning. The first course focuses on the cervical spine, followed in 2018 by a low back CMT course.

Teaching Methods

The format of this course is a combination of educational lectures and intensive hands-on lab sessions.

Why should you take the CMT-1 Cervical Spine Course?

This intermediate level seminar is designed to provide the clinician with a systematic approach towards the management of cervical spine disorders.  The course includes updates and insights on functional anatomy and biomechanics to develop a clinically driven knowledge base that respects current evidence and novel principles. This lab-intensive course will serve as a springboard to acquire expert level manual therapy skills appropriate for the most common to the most challenging patients with cervical spine disorders.  Diagnosis specific manual techniques with relevant motor learning methods will be practiced to manage soft-tissue lesions and joint restrictions associated with myofascial pain syndrome, articular derangement, somatosensory control issues, and peripheral and central sensitization. The clinician will gain appreciation of an eclectic treatment approach that complements current methods by building upon motor control principles and manual therapy skills that are supported by evidence and outcomes. A detailed course manual with illustrations and step-by-step instructions is provided to enhance competence and comprehension.  All course participants will have the opportunity to establish a skill and knowledge base that facilitates hypothesis-oriented clinical decision making. Students will learn to develop a treatment program, which incorporates a balanced approach to restoring functional mobility and achieving pain relief to meet the patients’ expectations and garner respect from referral sources.


Course Title: Contemporary Manual Therapy: Cervical Spine.

CEUs: 23 contact hrs

Principle Instructors:
Keith Poorbaugh, PT, ScD, OCS, CMTPT, FAAOMPT

Suggested review of course manual and completion of introductory module.


  1. Understand movement based approach to neuromusculoskeletal conditions of the cervical spine
  2. Develop competency in a systematic clinical assessment of the cervical spine to identify dysfunctional movement patterns and postural imbalances
  3. Establish competency with application of evidence-informed somatosensory control and pain-science models
  4. Identify the influence of the kinematic chain for cervical spine and upper quadrant function
  5. Realize systematic clinical process for medical screening and pre-treatment risk assessment
  6. Develop skill-based approach to manual therapy and motor learning. Perform soft tissue and joint specific mobilizations to restore segmental mobility and relieve pain.
  7. Appreciate the role of the neuromuscular system and myofascial chains in postural control and cervical stability.
  8. Develop a progressive exercise and retraining program that gets results through reactivation of postural control and functional movement patterns.

Course Outline

Note: Actual times may vary with each program at the discretion of the instructor. Coffee breaks and lunch are provided.

Day One

7:30 –  8:00: Registration
8:00 –  9:00: Introduction – Evidence based practice / Prevalence of neck pain / Pain neuroscience / Clinical reasoning
9:00 –  10:00: Movement Science Approach – Posture / Myofascial connections / Trigger points / Structural anatomy / Movement patterns
10:00 – 10:15: Break
10:15 – 12:30: Clinical Examination Concepts – Subjective Exam / Physical Exam / Structural Pain Pattern / Referral Pain Pattern
12:30 – 1:30: Lunch
1:30 – 3:30: Clinical Examination Lab – Movement Assessment / Palpation / Trigger points / Neurodynamics
3:30 – 3:45: Break
3:45 – 5:00: Clinical Patterns – Articular pain / Myofascial pain / Neurogenic pain / Central sensitization / Sensorimotor pattern / Spinal instability / Differential diagnosis
5:00 – 6:00: Case Studies

Day Two

8:00 – 10:00: Motor Control – Sensorimotor control / Laterality / Therapeutic neuroscience education
10:00 – 10:15: Break
10:15 – 12:30: Motor Control & Endurance Testing
12:30 – 1:30: Lunch
1:30 – 2:30: Management Strategies
2:30 – 3:30: Functional Techniques Lab – Soft-tissue mobilizations / 3D mobilizations (dorsoventral glide / rotation glide / side-bending glide / distraction techniques) / Cervicothoracic mobilization
3:30 – 3:45: Break
3:45 – 6:00: Restorative Techniques Lab –  Soft-tissue mobilizations / 2D manipulations (lateral glide, upslope, downslope)

Day Three

8:00 – 9:00: Management Strategies – Risk screening and mobility testing
9:00 – 10:00: Junction Manipulations – Cervicothoracic and craniovertebral
10:00 – 10:15: Break
10:15 – 12:00: Exercise Lab –  Role of motor learning / External focus of attention / Conditioning
12:00 – 1:00: Lunch
1:00 – 2:00: Neurodynamics Lab –  Neural tissue management and slider vs. tensioner
2:00 – 3:00: Review and Questions