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Muscle Energy (MET) & Soft Tissue Techniques (STM) For The Upper Quadrant On-Site Training

This on-site training class is also available as Public Schedule Seminar.

This lab intensive course presents both Soft Tissue Mobilization (STM) and Muscle Energy Techniques (MET) for the neck, upper back, chest and shoulder regions.

Course Description/Agenda

This lab intensive course presents both Soft Tissue Mobilization (STM) and Muscle Energy Techniques (MET) for the neck, upper back, chest and shoulder regions. The participants will be instructed in the science and principles of these techniques along with an overview of the anatomy and biomechanics of the regions. The laboratory sessions will include demonstration followed by opportunity to practice these hands-on evaluation and treatment techniques under the supervision of your instructor. This course will provide the participant with the understanding and necessary skills to apply these techniques in the clinic environment.

Course Objectives

  • Appreciate the science and principles of STM/MET.
  • Identify the anatomy and biomechanics of the cervical and upper thoracic spines, the ribs and shoulder complex.
  • Demonstrate select STM techniques for the regions.
  • Demonstrate select MET to address joint dysfunctions at the upper thoracic spine, the first rib, the lower and upper cervical spine and the shoulder complex..
  • Demonstrate select MET to address muscular imbalances at the neck and shoulder complexes.
  • Demonstrate select exercises for the regions.

Course Agenda/Schedule


8:00 Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 Overview of Muscles, Fascia and Joints
-Principles, Effects and Physiology of Soft Tissue
-Mobilization (STM) and Muscle Energy Techniques (MET)

10:00 Break

10:15 Anatomy and Biomechanics of the Cervical and Thoracic Spines and Ribs

11:30 Evaluation Process

12:00 Lunch on own

1:00 Demonstration and Practice Lab Palpation of Landmarks

1:30 MET for the Cervical Spine

3:00 Break

3:15 MET for the Upper Thoracic Spine and Ribs

5:30 Questions and Adjourn


8:00 Anatomy and Biomechanics of the Shoulder Girdle
- Glenohumeral Joint
- Acromioclavicular Joint
- Sternoclavicular Joint
- Scapulothoracic “Joint”

9:30 Prevention of Acute Shoulder Dysfunction in the Immobile Patient

9:45 Videos of Shoulder Motion

10:00 Break

10:15 Demonstration and Practice Lab
-Palpation of Landmarks
-Muscle Length Assessment

12:00 Lunch

1:00 Practice Lab Continued
STM for the Neck, Chest, Upper Back and Shoulder

3:00 Break

3:15 MET for Shoulder Girdle

4:00 Home Exercise Program

5:00 Questions, Course Critique and Adjournment


Terry Bemis, MPT, OT, Cert MDT, M.S. has been teaching manual therapy courses for over 16 years and is currently a senior physical therapist with CarePartners in Asheville, NC. His current clinical practice involves the assessment and treatment of a variety of patients in multiple settings. Terry brings 27 years of clinical experience having spent 17 of those years with the United States military. Terry is a graduate of the U.S. Army/Baylor University Program in Physical Therapy and Western Michigan University’s program in Occupational Therapy. Additional certifications include being recognized as an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) by the APTA in 1995 and in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy by the McKenzie Institute in 2002. His skill’s as a manual therapist are derived from over 25 years of clinical practice and graduate education. Terry is an experienced educator and clinician who enjoys teaching others of all skill levels through his approachable and understandable techniques.

Educational Credit

A certificate of attendance for 15 Contact Hours (17 in FL & WA) will be awarded to each participant. This course has been submitted to the State Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Boards in which the seminar is being held, if prior approval is required.
NATA Board of Certification, Inc. Approved Provider # P-2563
AOTA Approved Provider of Continuing Education # 3073
The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsements of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA

Participants' Comments

“EXCELLENT!! ...Terry was terrific and made sure everyone was comfortable with the techniques before moving onto something new”

“Loved all the lab time afforded with this course. ”

“Terry was fantastic!! ...extremely helpful and made everyone in the class feel comfortable asking questions.”

“Great balance between lecture and lab. Handouts were organized and will be easy to replicate for use in the clinic.”

“Just what I was looking for. Thanks !!”


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