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Raising the Bar in Rehab

I Tube, Do YouTube?

Published April 26, 2013 1:53 PM by Lisa Mueller

Over the weekend I was reading the article for our staff journal club this week, a recent research paper investigating the effects of thoracic thrust manipulation (with non-thrust cervical mobilization) for the treatment of neck pain. As you may recall, participating in our regular journal club was one of the professional goals I wrote about earlier this year and I've dedicated some of my weekend time to read over the article in preparation.

Most of the time I perform thoracic mobilization it is in prone -- I palpate the patient's transverse processes and utilize a cross-hand placement to perform either PA or rotational mobilizations, depending on my findings. I can't remember the last time I used, or practiced, a pistol-grip hand placement with the patient supine to perform a manipulation, but that's what the authors in this article used. I found my binder of notes from school and flipped right to the page for spinal mobilization (one of the many benefits of tabbing your notes with post-its), and vaguely recalled performing the technique in class, but can confidently say I haven't used it since.

So, I Googled the phrase "thoracic thrust manipulation" and was immediately brought to two YouTube videos, both less than two minutes in length, of physical therapists demonstrating the technique. How wonderful! I was able to watch them, rewind the video and watch again. What joy! I was proud of myself for using technology, and social media, to not only review treatment strategies for physical therapists but also familiarize myself with as much information as I could prior to our journal club. I felt completely prepared and was looking forward to learning from my colleagues.

I try to be fairly active within the social media aspect of physical therapy. I follow other PTs on Twitter and read the conversations regarding our profession. I stay active on LinkedIn for my professional development and networking, Facebook for my personal life and Instagram for fun. But I haven't really researched the depths of YouTube, and judging from my first experience using it for developing physical therapy skills, I'd imagine there is a lot of very helpful information there.

What do you think? Have you ever used YouTube to either learn, teach or share physical therapy skills with others?


Masaracchio, M et al. Short term combined effects of thoracic spine thrust manipulation and cervical spine non-thrust manipulation in individuals with mechanical neck pain: a randomized clinical trial. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2013 Mar; 43(3):118-27.

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