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Digital Seminar

Muscle Energy Techniques for the Cervical Spine: Evaluation & Treatment

Terry Bemis, PT, MS, cert MDT
5 Hours 35 Minutes
Audio and Video
Feb 17, 2016
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Now Available: A Gentle and Safe Approach for Treating the Cervical Spine!

Muscle Energy Techniques (MET) are used to treat both adaptively shortened muscles and hypo-mobile joints and the pain associated with these conditions. The problem arises when these techniques are employed with simple gross motions and muscle contractions. This does not address specific segments and is ineffective. By contrast, therapists see much better outcomes when they focus on highly specific and detailed localization procedures to address cervical motion segments for improving neck ROM and reducing pain.

This recording begins with an overview of the key anatomical structures, bio-mechanics, precautions and the science and principles for muscle energy techniques for the cervical spine. Then it is on to the labs, as you get a chance to practice palpation, mobility testing, extension and flexion techniques, and joint evaluation and treatment. The course concludes with demonstrations of appropriate home exercises to support the manual procedures.


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NOTE: Tuition includes one free CE Certificate (participant will be able to print the certificate of completion after completing the on-line post-test (80% passing score) and completing the evaluation). 

Continuing Education Information:  Listed below are the continuing education credit(s) currently available for this non-interactive self-study package. Please note, your state licensing board dictates whether self-study is an acceptable form of continuing education. Please refer to your state rules and regulations. If your profession is not listed, please contact your licensing board to determine your continuing education requirements and check for reciprocal approval. For other credit inquiries not specified below, please contact or 800-844-8260 before the event.

Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of your profession.  As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your profession's standards.  

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Florida Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the Florida Board of Occupational Therapy. Provider Number #50-399. This course qualifies for 5.6 self-study continuing education credits.

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California Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants

PESI, Inc. is recognized by the Physical Therapy Board of California as an approval agency to approve providers. This self-study lecture qualifies for 5.5 continuing competency hours.

Texas Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants

This activity is provided by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners Accredited Provider #2106032TX and meets continuing competence requirements for physical therapist and physical therapist assistant licensure renewal in Texas. This activity will provide 5.5 CCUs. The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.

Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants

This self-study course consists of 5.5 clock hours of instruction that is applicable for physical therapists. CE requirements for physical therapists vary by state/jurisdiction. Please retain the certificate of completion that you receive and use as proof of completion when required.

Illinois Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants

PESI, Inc. is a Registered Physical Therapy Continuing Education Sponsor through the State of Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, Division of Professional Regulation. License #: 216.000270. This self-study course qualifies for 5.5 CE credit hours.

New York Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants

PESI, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department, State Board for Physical Therapy as an approved provider for physical therapy and physical therapy assistant continuing education. This self-study course qualifies for 6.7 contact hours.

Other Professions

This self-study activity qualifies for 5.5 continuing education clock hours as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your activity advertisement and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements.



Terry Bemis, PT, MS, cert MDT Related seminars and products

TERRY BEMIS, PT, MS, cert MDT, is a licensed Physical Therapist and former Occupational Therapist with 35 years of clinical experience. He has received training in a wide variety of manual therapies and has been teaching manual therapy courses since 1992. Mr. Bemis graduated from Western Michigan University's program in Occupational Therapy in 1981 and worked as an OT in the U.S. Army for three years.  He then completed the U.S. Army/Baylor University Program in Physical Therapy in 1985 and continued his military service. Mr. Bemis had the honor of training under Philip Greenman, D.O., while completing his studies for a M.S. In Bio-Mechanics from the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Michigan State University in 1992. Mr. Bemis retired from the U.S. Army in 1997 with 21 years of total service.

Certifications include being recognized as an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist by the APTA in 1995 and in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy by the McKenzie Institute in 2002. He continues to be an active clinician in Asheville, NC where he utilizes the skills he teaches in this course. Mr. Bemis is an experienced clinician and educator and enjoys sharing his knowledge with others in a simple and understandable manner.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Terry Bemis has an employment relationship with Carepartners, Inc. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Terry Bemis has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.

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Access for Self-Study (Non-Interactive) Access never expires for this product.

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  1. Identify and palpate important anatomical structures of the cervical spine
  2. Explain the principles and precautions for Muscle Energy Techniques
  3. Perform motion restriction assessments for the cervical spine segments
  4. Demonstrate Muscle Energy Techniques for the entire cervical spine
  5. Choose appropriate exercises for a home exercise program to support techniques


  • Structures to palpate
  • Upper spine (Occiput, Atlas and Axis)
  • Typical segments (C3-C7)
  • OA Joint
  • AA Joint
  • Typical motion segments (C2/3 to C6-C7)
  • History
  • Red flags
  • Physical Examination
  • Special Tests
  • Contraindications and precautions
  • Cervical Mobility Testing C2-C7
  • Extension Technique C2-C7
  • Flexion Technique C2-C7
  • AA Joint Evaluation and Treatment
  • OA Joint Evaluation and Treatment

Target Audience

  • Athletic Trainers
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Physical Therapy
  • Physical Therapy Assistants


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