STEP-4: Lumbar and Thoracic Spine (Anchorage, Alaska, USA)

22 Apr 2023 - 23 Apr 2023

In this course, the participant will learn exercise techniques for biomechanical and neurological conditions including motor control deficits of lumbar and thoracic dysfunction. Exercise concepts of dosage, design, and progression for rehabilitation of the lumbar and thoracic spine will be brought to life using case studies and clinical examples throughout the course.  In addition to the current evidence in work physiology, the course offers a clinical approach to an individual, highly specific dosed program to include: resistance (concentric, eccentric, isometric), repetitions, sets, rest, speed, range, and frequency with reference to functional qualities are developed. This course integrates specific manual therapy principles of active mobilization, dynamic stabilization, and prevention of injury in the lumbar and thoracic spine. Concepts related to patient selection for specificity or general exercise application is presented in terms of research on biopsychosocial considerations in the patient with both acute and chronic spine pain. Learn to safely use all the benefits of exercise at any stage of rehab with your patients with lumbar and thoracic spine problems.

Course Details

Registration Open (UTC): 2023-01-06 (08:00 AM)

Start Date (UTC): 2023-04-22 (08:00 AM)

End Date (UTC): 2023-04-23 (08:00 PM)

Course Fee: $499

Faculty Details

Stuart Eivers

Faculty (DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT )


Stuart Eivers is the clinical director of MTI Physical Therapy in The Washington Athletic Club (WAC). Stuart has been in working the field of outpatient orthopedics since 1992 after undergoing physical therapy himself for a period of time. He received a Master’s in Orthopaedic Manual Therapy in 1997 and a Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2000. Stuart became a board-certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist in 2003 and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Manual Physical Therapists. He has been involved with teaching and consulting at the University of Washington’s Physical Therapy program and with the Ola Grimsby Institute. He has been a clinical instructor for over 20 years and is MTI’s Clinical Education Coordinator.

As a father of two, Stuart finds the time to enjoy hiking, basketball, and bicycling. He has been active in the basketball league and Golf Club at the WAC.