Become certified in Clinical Orthopedic Manual Therapy (COMT).
Clinical Orthopedic Manual Therapy Certification involves a series of five in-person workshops and two distance learning courses. Together, these workshops and courses address advanced clinical orthopedic assessment and treatment techniques, as well as musculoskeletal pathology, and kinesiology for the entire body.
Becoming a Clinical Orthopedic Manual Therapist (COMT) means that you will learn how to remedy specific musculoskeletal complaints with which your client presents. These workshops are all hands-on and always address each assessment and treatment technique from the point of view of critical thinking so you can creatively apply your techniques for maximal results!
Each of the two-day hands-on workshops will cover the following assessment and treatment protocols:
- Efficient body mechanics for deep pressure massage - Learn how to work from your core so you work smarter instead of harder.
- Orthopedic assessment testing - Determine which treatment techniques are safe and effective to use by having a clear assessment picture of your client's condition.
- Stretching - Learn how to figure out how to most effectively stretch each muscle of the client instead of having to memorize stretching protocols.
- Advanced stretching techniques - Learn how to use contract relax (CR), also known as post-isometric relaxation (PIR), also known as proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF) technique; and also agonist contract (AC) technique (the basis for Aaron Mattes - Active Isolated Stretching [AIS] technique)
- Joint mobilization - joint mobilization is the most powerful technique available to most massage and manual therapists. It is the only method that can release individual hypomobile segments of the spine. Learn how to perform this technique safely and effectively.
- The neck workshop also teaches how to treat the anterior neck safely and effectively.
Each in-person workshop offers a Certificate of Completion and continuing education (CE) hours through the National Certification Board for Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB). Each distance learning course is divided into chapters/modules and offers Certificates of Achievement and CE hours through the NCBTMB (see workshops / distance learning page for more details).
After completing all five in-person workshops and the two distance learning courses, a Certificate of Achievement is awarded that certifies you as a Clinical Orthopedic Massage Therapist (COMT), designating you as an advanced orthopedic therapist.
The in-person workshop courses are:
- Clinical Orthopedic Manual Therapy Techniques for the Neck (2 days - 16 CE hours)
- Clinical Orthopedic Manual Therapy Techniques for the Low Back and Hip (2 days - 16 CE hours)
- Clinical Orthopedic Manual Therapy Techniques for the Shoulder Girdle and Upper Extremity (2 days - 16 CE hours)
- Clinical Orthopedic Manual Therapy Techniques for the Hip and Lower Extremities (2 days - 16 CE hours)
- Advanced Joint Motion Palpation Assessment and Joint Mobilization of the Spine (1 day - 8 CE hours)
The distance learning courses are (Note: all these distance learning courses earn NCBTMB CE hours credit):
- Kinesiology distance-learning course (all chapters/modules)
- Muscular System Manual distance-learning course (chapters/modules 4-19 only)
A listing of workshop dates can be found on the main workshops page.
For more information, contact Dr. Joe Muscolino at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 203-788-7635.
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- Andrea A., NCTMB Massage Therapist.
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“Dear Dr. Joe, I attended your workshop last week in Vermont. I loved it!! As a Massage Therapist & Certified Athletic Trainer, I have found it challenging to find workshops that satisfy my continuing education requirements for both professions. Unfortunately, it has been a really long time since I have been that engaged in a workshop. I am passionate about "raising the bar" for the massage therapy profession. I too, agree that massage therapists need a more solid foundation in Anatomy & Physiology. Attending your workshop reminded me of my days at Springfield College where my professors challenged me to as you say think critically & creatively apply. 1 I look forward to attending your workshop next November in Vermont.”
- Maureen, Massage Therapist and Certified Athletic Trainer
“A client of mine said I gave her the best neck massage she ever had :) I used many things I learned from the neck workshop.”
- Irene, licensed massage therapist and massage therapy instructor