Chris Showalter

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Christopher Showalter

Co-Owner and Clinical Director of MAPS, Program Director of the MAPS Orthopedic Manual Therapy Fellowship Program, Senior MAPS Course Instructor, and Senior Faculty Advisor. Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS), Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Therapists (FAAOMPT).

Appointed Chair of the Accreditation Council on Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy Education (ACOMPTE) which sets the Standards and issues accreditation for U.S. Fellowship programs for the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Therapists (AAOMPT) in compliance with both US and International Standards per the International Federation of Orthopedic Manipulative Physical Therapists (IFOMPT). Chris has also served as the US Representative to IFOMPT (2000-2009), and on the RIG Development Task Force (2015-2020)

Since 1990 Chris has been teaching skilled orthopedic manual therapy through MAPS in the USA and internationally including Brazil, Canada, China, India, Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Taiwan, and the UK. He has authored 28 Peer-reviewed papers, 2 Textbook Chapters, and 70 Research Commentaries and has been an invited Keynote Speaker for many US and International physical therapy professional conferences.

His clinical interests include: Clinical Reasoning, Cervicogenic Headaches, and Bio-Psycho-Social effects of manual therapy.

News and Media

PART TWO
MAPS Program Director Chris Showalter continued Chat recently with Jason Ward on the Mechanical Care Forum Podcast

Chris and Jason discuss:

  • Key Principles of the Maitland Approach
  • Irritability and Pathophysiological Pain
  • Segmental Mobilization
  • Treatment Innovations and Variations
  • The Importance of PTs advocating for themselves and the Profession as a Whole
  • Continuing your Professional Journey
  • Darius Rucker’s song “This”

PART ONE
MAPS Program Director Chris Showalter had a long Chat recently with Jason Ward on the Mechanical Care Forum Podcast

Chris and Jason discuss:

  • Chris’s Professional Journey
  • Influential Mentors: Bob Sprague and Chris Conway
  • Geoff Maitland’s Clinical Approach and Empathy
  • Influential Australian PTs
  • Maitland’s exquisite assessment
  • Clinical Pattern Recognition
  • System 1 and System 2 Clinical Reasoning
  • EBP
  • Symptom Provocation v Palpation
  • Numerous Effects of OMT
  • Comparable Signs


Fellowship Announcement

Acompte

The newly formed Accreditation Council on Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy Education (ACOMPTE) became responsible on January 1, 2020 for setting the standards and formal accreditation of all Orthopedic Manual Therapy (OMT) Fellowship Programs recognized by the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT) in the USA.

AAOMPT formed ACOMPTE to meet the needs of all OMT Fellowship programs and to ensure compliance with standards set by AAOMPT and the International Federation of Orthopedic Manipulative Physical Therapists (IFOMPT).

Maitland Australian Physiotherapy Seminars (MAPS) is proud to announce that The American Academy of Orthopedic Manipulative Physical Therapists (AAOMPT) has bestowed the prestigious John McMennell Service award to Chris R. Showalter, PT, OCS, FAAOMPT, MAPS Clinical Education Director. AAOMPT recognizes leaders in the field of orthopedic manual therapy and serves its members by promoting excellence in orthopedic manual therapy practice education and research, and collaborates with national and international organizations (from the AAOMPT Mission Statement)The John McMennell Service Award is awarded by AAOMPT”…To acknowledge and honor an individual whose contributions to the advancement of orthopedic manual physical therapy’s role in management of musculoskeletal disorders have been of exceptional value.”Chris R. Showalter PT, OCS, FAAOMPT, MAPS Clinical Education Director, was honored to accept the John McMennell Service Award presented to him by the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Therapists at the AAOMPT Annual Conference in Alexandria, VA, on October 16, 2009.