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Course Description
This two-day seminar will focus on the evaluation and treatment of the lumbar spine and pelvis
utilizing an osteopathic biomechanical model. Emphasis will be placed on identifying specific areas
of somatic dysfunction in the thoracolumbar spine and pelvis. Treatment procedures will include
muscle energy technique, joint mobilization, and specific home exercises.


Course Objectives:
1. To review the functional anatomy and interrelationships of the lumbar spine and pelvis.
2. To understand an osteopathic biomechanical model for physiological and non-physiological
motion of the lumbar spine and pelvis.
3. To evaluate and identify specific somatic dysfunction in the lumbar spine and pelvis.
4. To learn the application of muscle energy techniques and direct mobilization techniques in
the treatment of lumbar and pelvic dysfunctions.
5. To learn specific self-mobilizing exercises for the lumbar spine and pelvis to complement
your manual therapy treatment.

Day 1 8:00am – 5:30 p.m.
8:00 – 8:15 Introduction and Goals for the course
8:15 – 8:45 Functional Anatomy
Interrelationships between the lumbar spine and pelvis
8:45 - 10:00 Normal and Pathological Biomechanics of the Lumbar Spine
Concepts of physiological vertebral motion
Discussion of types of vertebral dysfunction
10:00 - 10:15 Break
10:15 – 12:00 Evaluation of the Lumbar Spine - making a positional diagnosis of lumbar dysfunction in Standing, Sitting and Prone
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch
1:00 – 3:00 Treatment of the Lumbar Spine with Muscle Energy Techniques Side lying
3:00 – 3:15 Break
3:15 – 4:30 Treatment of the Lumbar Spine with Muscle Energy Techniques Sitting
4:30 – 5:30 Anatomy and Biomechanics of the Pelvis
Physiological motion versus non-physiological motion
Pubis, sacrum, ilium

Day 2 8:00am – 5:30 pm
8:00 – 8:30 Questions and review of day1
8:30 – 10:00 Evaluation of the Pelvic Girdle by Position
Standing, Sitting, Supine and Prone
10:00 -10:15 Break
10:15 – 12:00 Treatment of the Pubes and Innominate Shears
12:00 - 1:00 Lunch
1:00 – 2:00 Discussion of Findings and the Dirty Half Dozen
2:00 – 3:00 Treatment of Sacral Dysfunctions
3:00 - 3:15 Break
3:15 – 4:15 Treatment of Innominate Rotations
4:15 - 5:15 Home Exercises for Lumbar and Pelvic Dysfunctions
5:15 – 5:30 Closing Questions

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