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Robert J. Fluegel, PT, COMT
MAPS Faculty, Fellow in Training, MAPS Orthopedic Manual Therapy Fellowship

Chris R. Showalter, PT, OCS, COMT, FAAOMPT, Fellowship Program Director

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MT-1: Essential Peripheral Seminar

MT-1 Course Description (20.7 Direct Contact Hours/3.1 CEUs/35 CCUs)
Recommended first course in the MAPS series. Introduction to Australian orthopedic manual therapy, focusing on effective assessment and treatment of the Upper and Lower Limbs. Highly specific subjective & objective physical examination techniques are taught. Methods of treatment practiced extensively in lab sessions for both limbs including: Shoulder (Gleno/Humeral, Scapulo/Thoracic, and Clavicular articulations), Elbow, Wrist, Hand, Hip, Knee, and the Ankle-Foot complex. Includes required Home Study course component of approximately 10.7 hours.

MT-1 Course Schedule*
Day 1: 12:30pm-8:00pm
Day 2: 8:00am-6:00pm
Day 3: 8:00am-2:00pm

Times subject to change.*

MT-1 Course Requirements
  • Open to PTs, MDs, DOs, OTs. Enrollment limited. Lab clothes required for all sessions
  • Post test requires competency of 70% and overall competency of 70%. 
  • Full CEUs require 100% direct contact attendance and completion of all Home Study assignments.

MT-1 Course Objectives
Course participants upon completion will be able to:
  • Accurately differentiate between normal and abnormal resistance to passive movement using accessory & physiological examination/treatment techniques

  • Integrate the course materials to select, properly apply, and defend selection of four different grades of passive movement to various peripheral joints

  • Understand, discuss and explain Maitland’s clinical reasoning model, including eight clinical hypothesis categories per M. Jones and D. Rivett, and correctly demonstrate integration of these concepts into an evidence-based clinical reasoning model

  • Synthesize and correctly apply and defend principles of treating pain and stiffness as per Maitland and other manual P.T.s

  • Formulate, select and defend the most effective treatment & examination techniques for the peripheral patient based upon clinical assessment and clinical reasoning, rather than theoretical protocols.  Participant will be able to demonstrate at least once

  • Develop and refine evaluation skills in differential assessment and diagnosis, and be able to accurately demonstrate and defend at least one example

  • Develop, refine and accurately demonstrate the ability to quickly and effectively treat orthopedic conditions using at least one known manual therapy technique 

  • Develop, refine, demonstrate and accurately defend at least one modified or newly created effective manual therapy technique for the treatment of orthopedic conditions 

Note: In CA the student/faculty ratio will be no higher than 16:1.

Course is $650
MAPS Refund/Cancellation Policy

Course Testimonials

"The application to patient care is immediate when returning to clinic...This has been the most applicable series of seminars I have attended in 18 years of practice."
D. Evans Youngstown, OH January 2012

"I feel this course will have the most impact on my clinical practice as compared to any other courses I have taken. "
Alan Park Milan/Ann Arbor, MI June 2013

"The instructor was very knowledgeable and entertaining... Best course I have taken! "
Ryan D. Hill Milan/Ann Arbor, MI June 2013

"70% lab based allowed the hands-on sills to be practiced on real individuals, instructor was very personable and took time to be sure the subject matter was absorbed... This was a great course! It gave practical applications that could both be used immediately and after increased practice. "
C. Balton-McPhail Knoxville, TN November 2013

"I can apply all concepts covered into my practice immediately... Finally a course that will enhance the way I approach EVERY patient. "
Mahlon K. Stewart PT, DPT, GCS New York, NY January 2014


All MT-1: Essential Peripheral Seminar Testimonials


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Looking for a COMT? This list of Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapists (or COMTs) includes all COMT graduates worldwide, as well as MAPS faculty. We suggest that you visit this page often to check course confirmation status and to find new courses which are added frequently. Our seminars incorporate the teaching of Geoff Maitland and others who have contributed to what has become known as the "Maitland-Australian Approach". Registering for classes is easy. Submit full payment with the registration form. Reservations are limited and are on a first come, first serve basis. Come meet our world-class faculty. Each of our faculty has experience in a wide variety of manual therapy practices and specialty areas.


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