Manual Therapy Forum

Matthew S. Thomason DPT, OCS, CFMT, FFMT, CMPT, FAAOMPT

Manual Therapy Forum is a website dedicated to the clinician practicing manual therapy.

We offer instructional videos, opinion posts, case reports, and blog podcasts of interviews with key figures in the world of manual therapy.

All Episodes

Planning to take an exam for an advanced certification can be very stressful. Listen in as I give my advice for how to prepare and perform your best!

Mar 2020

57 min 47 sec

Mike Baum joins us for another podcast during a recent course he taught on PNF. If you liked our previous podcast with Mike, or you love PNF, you're going to want to listen to this!

Oct 2019

1 hr 12 min

We're baaaaaack! After a long time off, we've returned with a recent podcast with returning guest Gregg Johnson to discuss manual therapy and the vagus nerve. Enjoy!

Sep 2019

1 hr 7 min

Our latest podcast features Bill Temes! Check it out here on our webpage, or go to your podcast provider of choice. We are on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Stitcher!

Jun 2019

1 hr 18 min

Welcome back to the podcasts!  This episode features Shirley Sahrmann.  Many of you likely know of Shirley from her research, teachings with Washington University in St. Louis, or her texts for Movement System Impairment Syndromes.  I wanted to speak with Shirley to gain a better perspective on her background and thoughts regarding her point of view.  I've noticed more in more in my own practice how much the neuromuscular system and create illusions of mechanical dysfunctions, so had thought that maybe Shirley could provide perspective on that.  Fortunately, Shirley corrected me on my perceptions about what Movement System Impairment Syndromes are.  I'd certainly love to speak with Shirley again about these topics, and more.  Please enjoy and let us know your thoughts!

May 2019

1 hr 22 min

Welcome back everyone!  This conversation is with Ken Olson.  If you are at all active within the manual (physical) therapy community, or have attended a conference of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT), you have likely heard of Ken.  He has been heavily involved in all depths of the AAOMPT and the International Federation of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (IFOMPT).  Ken is past president of the AAOMPT and is currently the president of IFOMPT.  Ken also is co-owner of Northern Rehabilitation Physical Therapy Specialists and has multiple clinic sites in the Northern Illionois area.  If you'd like to learn more about Ken and what he is up to, listen in!

Apr 2019

1 hr 13 min

This is our latest interview with a high-caliber manual therapist. Jack Stagge is a physical therapist that teaches coursework that was pioneered by the late-great Bob Elvey. I actually have had the privelage of being a student under Jack many years ago, and even got to live in his house during that time. He is certainly an extremely talented manual therapist, but is without a doubt an even better human being. You get to hear Jack tell stories of his past, his thoughts on what makes our specialty special, and his personal relationship with one of his biggest mentors (Bob Elvey). Please enjoy this conversation with Jack!

Mar 2019

2 hr 19 min

Our next podcast features Eric Hitchcock PT, MSPT. Listen in and enjoy a different conversation with a beloved colleague and friend!

Jan 2019

2 hr 1 min

Hi! Thanks for subscribing to Manual Therapy Forum for updates on new content. In this podcast, I answer questions that a student had sent me regarding various topics of being a young professional. Many things discussed could be helpful to clinicians of all experience levels. I would sincerely appreciate your feedback and thoughts regarding these topics as I believe that all readers/listeners would benefit from a quality discussion. Thanks for listening and I hope you enjoy!

Jan 2019

55 min 15 sec

Ladies and gentlemen, manualtherapy.blog brings you the one-and-only Stanley Paris as youve never heard him before.

Jun 2018

2 hr 1 min

We get to speak with Tim Flynn for a little while in our latest conversation here. Tim is able to give us insight into his background and how his overall approach has evolved with time and research findings. He has been well known recently as a staunch advocate for the physical therapy profession to be first choice as musculoskeletal healthcare providers (and thank heavens for that!). Give this a listen and catch up with Tim!

May 2018

1 hr 7 min

We get to speak with Ray Klepper PT, DPT again regarding all things nutrition. There has been a growing wave of interest in different lifestyles in the recent months and years, with much controversy coming with it. Here, we dissect many topics related to these lifestyles and how they impact our lives in the clinic.

Apr 2018

1 hr 52 min

You know those moments when you talk with someone and things are said that you know will stick with you for a reeeeeeeeally long time? Yeah, this is one of those moments. Cheryl Wardlaw graces us all with her presence in this latest conversation. Give it a listen, you won't regret it!

Mar 2018

1 hr 45 min

Here is a compilation of recordings from APTA CSM 2018. We'll even include some time stamps if you'd like to go straight to one particular interview. Enjoy! Heather Purdin MS, PT, CMPT - 3:28 Functional Movement Screen & Selective Functional Movement Assessment (Aline Thompson PT, DPT, OCS)- 13:38 Postural Restoration Institute (Jennifer Platt DPT, ATC, PES) - 25:07 Myofascial Decompression (Christopher DaPrato PT, DPT, CSCS, PES)- 38:30 USC DPT Students at APTA CSM 2018 (Nicole and Fletcher) - 47:47 Foundation for Physical Therapy (Barbara Malm, MBA) - 1:03:16

Mar 2018

1 hr 13 min

Today, we speak with Mike Rogers! Another historic person in the manual therapy education of physical therapists in the USA. If you love history, you're going to want to listen to this conversation.

Mar 2018

1 hr 59 min

Our most recent conversation is with two of my friends and colleagues here in Chico, CA.

Feb 2018

1 hr 16 min

This episode is a quick history lesson regarding two key men that were influential in Kent Keyser's life (as well as so many others), but are no longer with us. They are David Lamb and Jeff Ellis.

Jan 2018

44 min 11 sec

Here's a little treat for the weekend... you're gonna want to take some time out of your day/night to pay attention here. The one and only Diane Lee drops in with us!

Jan 2018

1 hr 11 min

This conversation is with Theresa Larson DPT, CSCS, SFMA!

Dec 2017

50 min 14 sec

We're back, and with a powerhouse of a conversation to listen and learn from!

Dec 2017

1 hr 5 min

Wow, talk about a treat. This conversation is with not one... but three people all at once. Listen in with our conversation with Tim Crunk, Kent Keyser, and Seth Blee!

Nov 2017

1 hr 31 min

Jim Rivard is a clinician, practice owner, and leader within the OMPT (Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy) community at both the post-graduate training level and professional organization level...  

Nov 2017

49 min 52 sec

Up next in our series of interviews, we speak with Bob Rowe. Tune in on our website, iTunes, or Stitcher to hear more from Bob!

Oct 2017

56 min 45 sec

Today, we are sharing our conversation with Bill Boissonnault. In it, you get to hear how Bill got started as the primary author of one textbook all of us probably had to get in graduate school (or should have gotten). You also get to learn of some big influences in his early career in terms of manual therapy education. This is a shorter interview than usual, mainly due to Bill being very busy with his position at the American Physical Therapy Association. However, shorter does not mean lacking in quality. So, please listen in and here from an important figure in the physical therapy world!

Oct 2017

26 min 51 sec

Gail Wetzler joins us next in our interview series, and I'll go ahead and say it now... you're welcome. Seriously, make sure you save some time in your day/week/whatever to listen to this conversation with Gail. Especially if you are a younger clinician trying to wade through the manual therapy realm of your profession. In our time with Gail, we get to hear some fascinating stories of her youth, early career, things that have led her to where she is today, and much much more. So, I hope you enjoy!

Oct 2017

1 hr 14 min

Joe Farrell is our next guest to the blog in our series of interviews. He is recently retired as a private practice owner in California, but is still quite active within the profession. One of the things that makes Joe special (one of many indeed!) is that he was a founding member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT). Another important thing that Joe is known for over the years is that he served as senior faculty for the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Residency and Fellowship programs. Joe is both a leader and servant, as evident by awards that he has received... which include the Distinguished Lecturer award from AAOMPT and the Catherine Worthingham Fellow from the APTA. Listen in on our conversation and get a glimpse at what makes Joe such a special guy!

Sep 2017

1 hr 10 min

Mike Baum is the next friend we get to speak with in our series of interviews. He is a practice owner in Junction City, OR that probably treats a more wide-variety of patients than most of us on any given day. Talk about a well-integrated clinician... with a background in multiple different manual therapy approaches; as well as PNF, he could probably make your head spin if you tried to keep up with him in the clinic (at least that's what I've been told). So tune in and learn a lot from one of the best human beings out there!

Sep 2017

1 hr 4 min

During this interview, Ray and I discuss some of the physiology behind blood metrics like cholesterols, triglycerides, blood glucose and insulin; as well as chronic diseases such as diabetes, metabolic disorders, etc. that can all be changed (for the better) through an appropriate diet/lifestyle.  Our conversation centers mainly around the low carbohydrate-high fat realm.  For those of you somewhat familiar with this topic, you may have heard of "keto" or "ketogenic diet".  This is just a more strict form of low carb-high fat. If you are at all interested in health/wellness and newer research that has been coming out recently (i.e. fat isn't bad, cholesterol is not the devil we though it was, saturated fats are not harmful, etc.), then you won't want to miss this interview.  Or, if you disagree with us, please voice your opinions on the comment section of this blog because I would thoroughly enjoy learning your opinions!

Aug 2017

53 min 11 sec

Brett Windsor is our guest for this interview. Talk about a great guy with a lot of knowledge and wisdom to share. It's likely no coincidence he is the CEO of the North American Institute of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy (NAIOMT) and Director of Clinical Excellence for ATI Physical Therapy. Listen in and pick up on a lot of great things from Brett. Also exciting, this is the first post that I'm announcing we are now listed on iTunes and Stitcher as a podcast! Another great way to access content from our blog. Follow the links on this post and be able to listen to this stuff in an easier way!

Aug 2017

1 hr

During this interview, Ray and I discuss some of the physiology behind blood metrics like cholesterols, triglycerides, blood glucose and insulin; as well as chronic diseases such as diabetes, metabolic disorders, etc. that can all be changed (for the better) through an appropriate diet/lifestyle.  Our conversation centers mainly around the low carbohydrate-high fat realm.  For those of you somewhat familiar with this topic, you may have heard of "keto" or "ketogenic diet".  This is just a more strict form of low carb-high fat. If you are at all interested in health/wellness and newer research that has been coming out recently (i.e. fat isn't bad, cholesterol is not the devil we though it was, saturated fats are not harmful, etc.), then you won't want to miss this interview.  Or, if you disagree with us, please voice your opinions on the comment section of this blog because I would thoroughly enjoy learning your opinions!

Aug 2017

40 min 2 sec

For this interview, we have the pleasure of speaking with Jim Meadows BScPT, MCPA, FCAMT.  The following is a biography that can be found on his website: Jim was chair of the Canadian Orthopedic Division‘s Education and Specialization Committees for...

Jul 2017

45 min 46 sec

Welcome back!  In our next interview, we speak with Gregg Johnson.  He is co-founder and co-owner of the Institute of Physical Art (IPA) with his wife, Vicky Johnson PT, FFFMT, FAAOMPT.  Gregg is also one my main mentors as I...

Jul 2017

1 hr 10 min

Welcome back to our interview series!  For this one, we speak with Bill O’Grady, a veteran (in more ways than one) within the world of physical therapy and manual therapy. Bill earned his Bachelor of Science in physical therapy from...

Jun 2017

59 min 14 sec

    Our latest interview is with Professor Laurie Hartman.  Laurie is Associate Professor of Osteopathic Technique at the British School of Osteopathy, and has been teaching osteopathic and manipulative technique and manual therapy since 1964. He has taught and lectured...

Jun 2017

50 min 48 sec

Welcome to our second interview!  This time, we speak with Erl Pettman.  Erl is a former senior lecturer and chief examiner for the Orthopaedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA).  He is also a co-founder of the North American Institute...

May 2017

36 min 4 sec

Our initial interview is with Bruce Franke.  He is owner of Desert Palms Physical Therapy /Movement Studio/Institute in Tucson, AZ.  Bruce teaches and mentors orthopedic manual physical therapy as well, both locally and internationally.  There are a number of good...

May 2017

23 min 12 sec