Clinical Orthopedic Manual Therapy (COMT) Level 2: Lumbar Spine

Dr. Joe Muscolino

Prerequisite: At least one COMT Level 1 Course. You may fulfill this requirement by taking a home-study course on Digital COMT.


Date: Dec 9, 2017
Time: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Bookings are closed for this event.

COMT Level 2 Pricing:
Single Day: $225
Full Weekend Early Bird Price (Register Two Weeks Before Workshop Date): $350
Full Weekend Regular Price: $395
Special Price for Full Series of 4 Workshops: $1300
To Register for All 4 Workshops, Click Here

Series Dates: Oct. 14th & 15th, Nov. 4th & 5th, Dec. 9th & 10th, Jan. 20th & 21st

In this master level series, students will use the orthopedic assessment and palpation skills acquired in COMT Level 1 to begin to develop critical thinking skills for integrating the material into a comprehensive full-body assessment and treatment protocol. Treatment skills acquired in COMT Level 1 will then be used to address the assessment findings and postural and movement pattern distortions.

This series will be interactive as a class and will also involve workshopping hands-on assessment and treatment skills in smaller groups.

The goal of these master level classes is not only to learn to process critical thinking skills for creative application of hands-on assessment and treatment techniques, but to actually workshop the hands-on skills and interact with both the entire class as well as the smaller workshop groups.

What to Bring:

  • Sheets and face cradle cover
  • King-sized pillow case, preferably flannel (or thin/threadbare bath-sized towel)
  • Gym shorts (loose fitting, not spandex)
  • Water-based lotion
  • Soft foam cushion (approx. 6×10 inches) or bath towel

“Great weekend! The hands-on work and verbal instruction made it easy to understand. Everybody was great to work with. The facility was very well organized.”

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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