Clinical Orthopedic Manual Therapy (COMT): Arthrofascial Stretching – Soft Tissue Joint Mobilization for Manual Therapists

Date: Nov 12, 2016 - Nov 13, 2016
Time: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

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Joseph Muscolino

Early Bird: Register by 10/12/16: $350
Full Price: $395
Full Series: $300 each. Contact to register for all 6 COMT workshops.
16 CE hour NCBTMB / NYS-certified

This workshop covers in depth both motion palpation assessment technique and Arthrofascial Stretching (AFS, soft tissue joint mobilization [Grade IV] for Manual Therapists) treatment technique, applied to all joints of the body, including the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine, rib cage, and sacroiliac joint, as well as the joints of the upper and lower extremities. This course is a 2-day hands-on workshop.

Motion palpation technique provides the therapist with a simple and direct means of assessing the motion of a specific joint. AFS is a very specific form of pin-and-stretch technique that is the only effective means of stretching intrinsic fascial and muscular tissues of hypomobile joints.

This two-day Clinical Orthopedic Manual Therapy (COMT) workshop begins with motion palpation and AFS of the cervical spine, offering multiple approaches to each range of motion, including traction techniques for the neck. We then learn how to assess and mobilize the thoracic spine and rib cage, and then assess and mobilize the lumbar spine and sacroiliac joint. On day two, we then cover motion palpation and AFS stretching of the joints of the upper and lower extremities. AFS is likely the most powerful and specific orthopedic treatment tool available to manual therapists.

Clinical Orthopedic Manual Therapy for Arthrofascial Stretching is part of larger Clinical Orthopedic Manual Therapy (COMT) Certification. The other hands-on workshops in this series cover the neck, thoracic spine / ribcage, low back / pelvis, upper extremity, and lower extremity.

After attending this workshop, the participant will be able to:

Describe the five grades of joint mobilization.
State the indications and contraindications for Arthrofascial Stretching (AFS).
Explain the physiologic basis for motion palpation assessment and AFS treatment techniques.
Demonstrate how to perform motion palpation assessment and AFS treatment techniques for the joints of the body.
Explain and demonstrate the principles of using core body weight and larger muscle groups for efficient body mechanics.


1. Flat sheet
2. King-sized pillow case, preferably flannel (or thin/threadbare bath-sized towel)
3. Participants should wear comfortable loose-fitting clothing: short sleeve shirt and short pants
4. Women should bring a button down shirt that can be worn backwards.

Workshop limited to 16 attendees for maximal personal attention. Please note that there are NO REFUNDS for cancellation. If you must cancel, you may find another student to take your place, or take part in a future COMT class, space permitting.

casual1Dr. Joe Muscolino is a licensed chiropractic physician and teaches anatomy, physiology, and nutrition at Purchase College, State University of New York (SUNY). Dr. Joe Muscolino also taught kinesiology and musculoskeletal and visceral anatomy, physiology, and pathology courses at the Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy (CCMT) from 1986 – 2010. Dr. Muscolino is also an approved provider by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) for continuing education (CE) credit for massage therapists and bodyworkers and runs numerous advanced study workshops, including deep tissue, advanced stretching, Arthrofascial Stretching (AFS) – Soft Tissue Joint Mobilization, and palpation workshops, as well as cadaver labs. He also runs in-services for instructors of massage therapy, covering topics such as how to teach muscles, muscle palpation, kinesiology, and more; as well as in-services for Pilates and yoga instructors and fitness trainers on all subjects of musculoskeletal anatomy and physiology, and kinesiology. Dr. Muscolino has a private Chiropractic practice in Stamford, CT.

Dr. Muscolino also served as a subject matter expert on the Exam and Continuing Education committees of the NCBTMB.He is a member of the Editorial Review Operational Committee (EROC) for the Massage Therapy Journal.

Dr. Muscolino is the author of eight major publications with Mosby of Elsevier Science.
The Muscle and Bone Palpation Manual with Trigger Points, Referral Patterns, and Stretching
Mosby’s Trigger Point Flip Chart with Referral Patterns and Stretching
The Muscular System Manual, The Skeletal Muscles of the Human Body, 3rd edition
Musculoskeletal Anatomy Coloring Book, 2nd Edition
Flashcards for Palpation, Trigger Points, and Referral Patterns
Musculoskeletal Anatomy Flashcards, 2nd Edition
Kinesiology, The Skeletal System and Muscle Function, 2nd Edition
Flashcards For Bones, Joints, and Actions of the Human Body, 2nd Edition

He is also the author of the chapter on Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) in Modalities for Massage and Bodywork by Elaine Stillerman, published by Mosby of Elsevier, 2009. He also served as a subject matter expert on trigger point therapy for A Massage Therapist’s Guide to Pathology, 4ed, by Ruth Werner, published by Lippincott Williams and Wilkins of Wolters Kluwer, 2008.

Dr. Muscolino also writes a regular column article entitled Body Mechanics for the Massage Therapy Journal (mtj). He has also written articles for the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies (jbmt), Massage Magazine, Massage Today, The Journal of the Australian Association of Massage Therapists, the Australian Journal of the Association of Massage Therapists, Massage Australia Magazine, Terra Rosa e-magazine, and the e-newsletter Deep.

He has written the foreword to three books:

Body Mechanics for Manual Therapists, A Functional Approach to Self-Care, 2nd Edition, by Barbara Frye, published by Fryetag Publishing, Stanwood, WA., 2004
Deep Tissue Massage Treatment, A Handbook of Neuromuscular Therapy, by Fabian Fernandez, published by Mosby of Elsevier, 2006
Joint Play the Right Way: Axial Skeleton, by Mike Dixon, RMT, published by Arthrokinetic Publishing, 2006

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