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A Total Approach for Treating Neck & Scapular Disorders
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  • Review current treatment-based Classification Systems for patients with neck pain
  • Describe relevant functional anatomy and mechanics of the cervical-scapulo-thoracic region and how it affects spinal stability
  • Examine how to appropriately utilize PNF, pressure biofeedback, and specialized taping techniques to improve functional mobility
  • Determine how to develop an effective exercise progression for neck and scapula stabilization
  • Discover how to apply soft tissue mobilization and neuromuscular stabilization techniques for treating neck and shoulder girdle pain and dysfunction


  • Why we need to understand the neck and shoulder girdle better
  • Review of current biomechanical theories and research on cervical spine
    • Using Classification Systems and Functional Index findings to guide treatment planning
    • Causes of neck pain and disability—biomechanical and neurological changes


Common Hyper- and Hypo-Mobility Diagnoses Therapists Treat in the Cervical and Scapular-thoracic region

  • Whiplash, Herniated Nucleus Pulposus (HNP),  spondylosis, radiculopathy, scoliosis
  • Hypo-mobility diagnoses—stenosis, kyphosis, facet joint dysfunction, Degenrative Disk Disease (DDD)


How do we stabilize?

  • Review of relevant functional anatomy of the cervical-scapulo-thoracic region
  • Discuss biomechanical model of the Cervical Motion Segment and effects of instability
  • Effects of posture and aging on tissue structure and motor control


Lab 1: Palpation AND Posture Assessment

  • Bony structures and gross muscle testing
  • Posture observations and documentation of scoliosis and scapular winging
  • Special tests—Jull’s Test for Cranio-cervical stability, Standing Arm Elevation, Axial compression, vertebral artery, Spurling’s test, and Scapular Balancing Index


Common Surgical aND Non-surgical treatments

  • Laminectomy, discectomy, cervical fusion, disc replacement
  • Pain management strategies—spinal injections, trigger point injections, Botox, and acupuncture
  • Clinical Modalities—iontophoresis, manual vs. mechanical traction



  • Mobility testing and TMJ screening
  • Soft Tissue Mobilization—passive release, muscle energy release, and tissue unwinding
  • Demonstration of advanced mobilization techniques—MET and Mobilization with movement


Neuromuscular Re-Education: Clinical applications AND Treatments

  • Pressure biofeedback for deep neck flexors and scapular stability exercises
  • Specialized taping techniques using kinesio-taping and McConnell taping strategies


Stabilization for Neck AND Scapula

  • Critical links and 3 Postural Zones
  • Weak links in the Stability Chain
  • Progression of Exercise Programs


Lab 3: Stabilization AND Scapular Mobility Exercises

  • Deep neck flexor training and Cervical “clock” exercises
  • Connecting the postural zones
  • Mobilization exercises for Scapular-thoracic region
  • Building scapula-thoracic postural control
  • Advanced exercise techniques—gliding discs, yoga, PNF, and dynamic reaction training

Additionally, this course includes extensive, hands-on lab and demonstration sessions to allow participants to practice treatment techniques and exercise progressions. PNF techniques, as well as Pilates principles will be used to improve functional movement patterns. Clinical pearls with inexpensive, readily-available clinical supplies and equipment will also be shared, including specialized taping and neuromuscular re-education techniques for addressing common substitution patterns. Participants will learn new tools and techniques that can be implemented into their clinical practice the very next day.



SUE DUPONT, MS, MBA, PT, ATC, is an expert in the field of orthopedics and sports medicine, with nearly 30 years of experience treating patients and athletes of all ages and activity levels. She holds multiple degrees including a B.S. in Exercise Science/Athletic Training, an M.S. in Biology specializing in Biomechanics, a post-baccalaureate degree in Physical Therapy, and an MBA in Healthcare Management. Ms. Dupont was on the Medical Staff at the 1996 Summer Olympic Games and awarded a 1-year fellowship at the U.S. Olympic Training Center. She has worked with various professional and elite athletes, from WTA pro tennis to World Cup Figure Skating. While working with the U.S.O.C. Biomechanics Division, Ms. Dupont researched and developed a Clinical Plyometrics protocol and presented the findings at the APTA National Conference.

Ms. Dupont has taught courses specifically for seniors on healthy aging and wellness. She is a veteran ACE Certified Fitness Instructor, teaching pilates, kickboxing, and many other fitness courses for over 20 years. Ms. Dupont has performed extensive research on the spine, aging, balance, and fitness. In her clinical practice, she utilizes advanced clinical techniques in manual therapy, taping/strapping, active stabilization, and soft tissue release to improve functional movement patterns. Currently, Ms. Dupont teaches continuing education courses nationwide. When home in Florida, she treats patients/clients for physical therapy and wellness and sits on the Advisory Board for Southwest Florida University's PTA program. Ms. Dupont's philosophy, "The key to successful outcomes is incorporating the right exercise at the right time," led her to develop new spine treatment protocols which she outlines in this course.

Continuing Education Credits
Continuing Education Information
This educational offering is designed to qualify for continuing education for many professionals in every state.

Materials that are included in this course could include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice for your profession. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.

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