Comprehensive Manual Therapy for the Thoracic Spine and Ribs
Program #14011

  • Contact hours: 7
  • Date: 11/05/2021
  • Cost: $255 before 10/5/2021; $295 after 10/5/2021
  • Course Syllabus (PDF)

Diagnosing and treating thoracic and rib pain can be challenging and frustrating. Due to the complex nature of the thoracic region, finding the root cause of mid back pain is often difficult. This course intends to simplify evaluation and treatment for the most common thoracic and rib dysfunctions from a manual therapy perspective. This is a hands-on course that is meant to impart a streamlined approach for care of the mid back that can be applied to both acute and chronic conditions. Manual techniques that will be covered in this course include muscle energy, mobilization, articulation, and manipulations. A brief overview of therapeutic exercises for the thoracic spine with be covered to ensure long term success of manual treatments. It is intended that each course attendee be able to immediately utilize the covered techniques to improve their clinical efficiency.



  • Ted German, PT, AAS, BA, DPT, CIMT, CPRS

    Ted German, PT, AAS, BA, DPT, CIMT, CPRS, has over 18 years of experience in outpatient orthopedic physical therapy and has taught dozens of manual therapy courses all over the country. He currently works at Group Health Cooperative in Madison, WI as a spine specialist. He also works in the Urgent Care Physical Therapy department at GHC and is currently developing an Acute Low Back Pain program. Dr. German’s education includes a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from St. Catherine University, Minneapolis, MN; a Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology from Concordia University, St. Paul, MN; and an Associate of Applied Science in Physical Therapy from Lourdes College, Sylvania, OH. He is a Certified Integrated Manual Therapist and a Certified Pilates Rehabilitation Specialist. He is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association’s Orthopedic Section. Dr. German’s other significant teaching experiences include guest lectures on “Pilates for Rehabilitation” for St. Catherine University’s Orthopedics Department and “Risk Factors for Patellofemoral Pain Among Females” at the APTA’s Combined Sections Meeting.