Associate professor - Doctor of Physical Therapy
Physical therapist (limited availability) - Physical therapy clinic
Manual therapy and exercise are among recommended interventions for patients with specific spinal and extremity disorders based on physical therapy clinical practice guidelines, although the interaction between these interventions is not clear. The focus of my current research is to examine the effects of thrust manipulation on muscle strength both locally and distant to the joint treated.
Spinal dysfunction can be a cause or contributing factor to pain in the upper extremity. We have investigated a manual test of neural tissue in the upper extremity. Using this test, in addition to other functional outcomes, we are investigating the effect of spinal manipulation and neural tissue mobilization on subjects with upper extremity diagnoses.