Saturday, March 19, 2022 at 8:00 AM EDT
Sunday, March 20, 2022 at 12:00 PM EDT

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FYZICAL Therapy and Balance Center 
14280 Walsingham Rd.
Largo, FL 33774

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Heather Benjamin 
Muscle Energy Techniques, Inc. 

Muscle Energy for the Lumbar Spine and Pelvis 

This a course specifically designed for the PT, PTA and AT to receive hands on lab experience with evaluation and the application of the treatment techniques. The participants will learn to palpate specific landmarks associated with spinal dysfunction and when and how to apply muscle energy techniques. Muscle Energy is designed to improve segmental ROM and restore function with transitional activities enhancing patient outcomes with physical therapy. Muscle Energy is a safe and effective form of treatment intervention easy to apply and results in quick movement enhancement and pain relief.


Day 1 spine

7:30 am            Registration/ Breakfast
8:00 am            Introduction to Muscle Energy
8:30 am            Restrictive Barriers: Indications/Contraindications
9:00 am            Spinal Mechanics: Type I, II/Nomenclature

 9:30 am           BREAK

 9:45am           Palpation/ Discussion & Lab
10:30 am         10 Step Screen
11:00 am         Lab Practice 

12:00 pm         LUNCH

1:00 pm           Pubic Dysfunction/Inominate Dysfunctions
1:45 pm           Lab Practice

2:45 pm           BREAK

3:00 pm           Non Neutral Lumbar Dysfunctions/ FRS & ERS
3:30 pm           Lab Practice
4:30 pm           Neutral Lumbar Dysfunctions
5:00 pm           Lab Practice
5:30pm            Adjourn

Day 2

8:00 am           Review of Day 1
8:30 am           Sacral Dysfunctions
9:00 am           Lab Practice 

10:00 am         Break
10:15 am         Self Corrective Exercises
10:45 am         Lab Practice
11:30 am         Common Dysfunction Patterns
12:15pm          Adjourn

Course Objectives

 Upon Completion of this Seminar the Participant shall be able to:

  1. Define Muscle Energy Technique and understand proper application for the patient
  2. Discuss the Restrictive Barrier Concept and its importance in the application of MET
  3. Demonstrate proper palpation skills and movement techniques in assessing the need for the application of MET
  4. Demonstrate proper application of MET for the Lumbar Spine and Pelvis
  5. Understand the corrective exercises to apply after performing MET and the consequences of treatment application

Course Instructors

Angela Darragh PT, OrthoNeuro, New Albany, Ohio. Mrs. Darragh is a licensed physical therapist and a 1977 graduate of The Ohio State University. She is the Director of Staff Development for OrthoNeuro’s Rehabilitative Services Division.  Angela has been practicing in the Columbus area over 30 years with a specialization in Spinal Evaluation and Rehab. She has attended extensive course training in Manual Medicine Techniques with the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Michigan State University including Muscle Energy and Manipulation. Angela has been a member of the North American Spine Society since 2000. She has been lecturing in Central Ohio for the past 15 years.

 Gabe Clark, MPT, OTR/L, Florida Orthopedic Institute, Tampa, Florida.  Mr. Clark is a licensed physical therapist and occupational therapist in the state of Ohio.  Gabe relocated to Florida in 2015 where he now practices in an outpatient clinic.  He obtained both his BS in Occupational Therapy and Masters of Physical Therapy from The Ohio State University.  Gabe has attended comprehensive course training in Manual Medicine Techniques from the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Michigan State University including Muscle Energy, and Craniosacral Techniques.  Gabe has continued his manual therapy training with Angela Darragh in the Spine Mentor Program at OrthoNeuro.  He has completed over 500 hours of direct one on one training in the treatment of patients with complex spine conditions utilizing manual techniques.


This course has been approved for 12 CE by the FPTA for the Physical Therapist and Physical Therapist Assistant, and would apply towards 12 BOC credits for the Athletic Trainer. 

 Registration Fee:  $475.00 

Cancellation/Refund Policy:  A full refund less 10% will be returned to the participant if registration is cancelled at least 10 days prior to the event.  No refund will be offered for cancellation less than 10 days prior to event but participants may transfer registration fee to another course offered within a 12 month period. NOTE: Only two transfer participants are permitted at each course.