2014 Therapydia Blog Awards: Best Student Blog!


Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy was officially named ‘Best Student Blog’ in Therapydia’s PT Blog Awards for the second consecutive year! Thank you so much for the continued support and taking time out of your day to to vote for OMPT! I was honored just to be nominated along with The AAOMPT sSIG, Pitt Physical Therapy, The Student Physical Therapist, and A Cup A Day.

OMPT also came in 3rd place for ‘Best Research Blog’ and it was honestly great just to be named in the same breath as Body in Mind and Forward Thinking PT. Congratulations to Joseph Brence, DPT, FAAOMPT and all those that contribute to Forward Thinking PT!

Thanks again for all of your continued support,

John Snyder, DPT, CSCS

Help Run the AAOMPT Booth at CSM!


The AAOMPT Student Special Interest Group is recruiting students to help run the booth at the upcoming Combined Sections Meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada from February 4-6th. While at the booth you will have the opportunity to help advocate for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists and the value that we bring to the physical therapy profession. You will also have to chance to help run our raffle where we are giving away 3 yearly subscriptions to MedBridge Education‘s online continuing education resource.

Click here to sign up for a date and time in the Google Doc

Thanks in advance for your help in promoting this great organization!

John Snyder, SPT, CSCS
Vice President AAOMPT Student SIG

AAOMPT Student SIG Elections: Vote Now!


All of the platforms are in and it’s time to vote for your AAOMPT Student SIG Leadership team! If you are a Student SIG member, you will receive an e-mail with instructions for the vote. The voting process will end Monday, October 14th. Good luck to all of the candidates!

AAOMPT Student SIG Platforms


John Snyder, SPT, CSCS
University of Pittsburgh
AAOMPT Student SIG – Membership Chair

2013 AAOMPT Student SIG Elections!

We want you to join the Student Special Interest Group of AAOMPT!

2013 AAOMPT student special interest leadership elections are under way! If interested in applying for a leadership position please send an e-mail to Cody Mansfield, SPT (cody.mansfield@duke.edu) or myself (jsnyderpt@gmail.com) with the information below by October 4th, 2013*:

Physical Therapy Program:
Year in program:
Position Applying for:
200 word platform describing your qualifications and interest in manual therapy:

*Once platforms are collected, members of the AAOMPT student sig will vote.  Election date is TBD (likely mid to late October).  Newly elected members will start in November. All leadership positions are available: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Web Administrator, Social Committee Chair, Member at Large, Employment Chair, and Fundraising Chair. Refer to link for specific leadership role responsibilities.

Research Review: Immediate Effects of Region-Specific and Non-Region-Specific Spinal Manipulative Therapy

de Oliveira et al, 2013

Recently, a randomized controlled trial was published in Physical Therapy by de Oliveira et al that evaluated and brought into question the need for specificity of technique when utilizing spinal manipulation in the treatment of patients presenting with chronic low back pain. This study opposes the predominantly biomechanical explanation associated with the use of manipulative techniques… [Continue Reading]

Research Review: Cervical Mobilization & Thoracic Manipulation versus Cervical Mobilization Alone


A randomized clinical trial recently published in the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy by Masaracchio et al evaluated the effectiveness of adding thoracic spine thrust manipulation to a program consisting of cervical spine non-thrust mobilization and cervical ROM exercises in the treatment of mechanical neck pain. While this study only looked into the short-term impact of this intervention strategy, it does provide some very important data that should help to guide our selection of manual techniques when treating these patients… [Continue Reading]

Research Review: Dry Needling – Peripheral and Central Considerations

Dry Needling

The use of Dry-needling by physical therapists has been a common place for discussion both inside and outside our profession. One of the most prevalent reason for this discussion stems from a lack of understanding as to what Dry-needling actual is and what benefits it provides for our patients… [Continue Reading]