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Joe Muscolino Clinical Orthopedic Manual Therapy (COMT)


We are delighted to be hosting Dr. Joe Muscolino again in Fremantle, Perth, in May 2019 for his Joint Mobilisation and Palpation Assessment Workshops!
Dr. Joe Muscolino is a licensed chiropractic physician and has been a massage therapy educator for more than 25 years, with extensive experience in teaching kinesiology and musculoskeletal assessment and technique classes. Dr. Muscolino has authored 8 major publications with Mosby of Elsevier Science, including the best selling The Muscle and Bone Palpation Manual , Kinesiology, and The Muscular System Manual. He also writes the column article “body mechanics” for the AMTA’s massage therapy journal, AMT, AAMT, and Massage Australia.

City: Fremantle WA 6160
Country: Australia
Speaker: Joe Muscolino
Date: 24th - 25th May 2019
Venue: Anatomy Trains Australia & NZ Training School & Clinic, 2/5 Norfolk St
Price: Early Bird $570AUD before 1st March 2019 - $650AUD Thereafter
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Joint Mobilisation 24th & 25th May 2019

Clinical Orthopedic Manual Therapy (COMT): Joint Mobilisation is a 2-day hands-on workshop that is part of the COMT Certification – Skillset Approach Program offered by Dr. Joe Muscolino. The goal of the COMT Skillset Approach Certification is to reinforce and hone essential COMT assessment and treatment skills, thereby strengthening your level of critical thinking and effectiveness of practice.

Course Description:

 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, low back/pelvis, upper extremity, and lower extremity.  


Course Objectives:

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


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


Joe Muscolino is a master of his profession! His broad knowledge on the human body and extensive experience made the workshops interesting and engaging. The topics were delivered with enthusiasm and great clarity. His instructions were easy to follow and understand and he always had time to check on everyone’s hands-on work. Joe is definitely one of the most genuine teachers I’ve come across. I would highly recommend his workshops to any body-worker. I, myself, can’t wait for the next one!” Zuzana G.,  Sydney.

After having read one of Joe’s books, I was encouraged to attend his workshops for deep tissue massage, stretching and joint mobilisation for the neck and low back & pelvis. I had been trying to find a workshop like this to update and add to my skills for some time. Joe’s teaching method is methodical, full of valuable information, with hands on training and teaching. Bad postural and massage habits I had developed were corrected making my massage techniques more effective with less effort. There was a very friendly and open atmosphere, and Joe was open to seeing the students techniques as well. The education was invaluable and worth every cent. I would highly recommend Joe’s workshops to anyone wanting to improve and add more to their skills. I look forward to future workshops.” Lauren S., Balmain, NSW.

I was impressed with the workshops for a number of reasons – firstly, each point was clear, easy to understand and well supported with factual reason. Secondly, it was very hands-on so that each point was reinforced immediately with Joe getting to each table to fine-tune or compliment. Finally, Joe’s persona was engaging, friendly and thoroughly authoritative. I learnt a number of new treatment techniques and looked at ones I have used for some time from a different angle. All well worthwhile.” Julian W., Melbourne.

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