Certified Spinal Manipulation Practitioner (CSMP) ™
Earn the Certified Spinal Manipulation Practitioner (CSMP) ™ credential after your name by completing our (CSMP 1) ™ and (CSMP 2) ™ courses plus passing the practical and written test.
1. Spinal Manipulation Basic Level (CSMP 1) ™
- Level 1 Basic Techniques of the Spine (part 1 of the CSMP ™ Certification)
2. Spinal Manipulation Advanced Level (CSMP 2) ™
- Level 2 Advanced Techniques (part 2 of the CSMP™ Certification)
Pre-requisites: This certification course is open to Doctors of Physical Therapy, Physical Therapists, Medical Doctors, PA or NP
The American Academy of Physical Therapy (AAPT ) ™ certification in Spinal and Extremity Manipulation is 2 levels totaling 40 hours including a test (written and practical) exam after which, participants will be awarded the Certified Spinal Manipulation Practitioner Certification (CSMP) ™ credential.
This course is 80% hands-on and 20% lecture focusing on teaching you the most effective spinal and extremity manipulation techniques available.
- Pre-course material: 8 hours online focusing on relevant anatomy, history, and theory behind spinal manipulation.
Level 1 basic techniques (2 days - 16 hours), will focus on the Spine including mid and lower Cervical, CT junction, Thoracic, Ribs, Lumbar, Pelvis and SI Joint.
Level 2 (2 days - 16 hours), will explore more advanced techniques including upper Cervical Manipulation, as well as advanced techniques for the Cervical, Thoracic, Lumbar, TL junction, pelvis, and SI jt.
Course Description and Objectives
- Describe the latest best evidence related to the use of High Velocity Low Amplitude Thrust (HVLAT) techniques.
- Describe and be knowledgeable of the risks and benefits associated with using HVLAT techniques including physiological effect.
- Describe the absolute and relative contraindications as well as precautions to the use of HVLAT techniques.
- Describe and interpret risk factors related to the use of HVLAT techniques based on clinical examination and interpretations of X-rays and MRIs.
- Describe the role of clinical tests related to vertebrobasilar insufficiency (VBI), cervical artery dysfunction and discuss the controversy surrounding these tests.
- Demonstrate proper tests to check for upper cervical instability.
- Demonstrate proper body mechanics and locking techniques to ensure proper and effective delivery of HVLAT techniques.
- Demonstrate safety and effective HVLAT techniques to all spinal levels, ribs, pelvis and SI Joints.