Timothy W. Flynn, PT, PhD: Physical Therapy Management of Cervical Thoracic Disorders & Cervicogenic Headaches

Timm Flynn
Timothy W. Flynn, PT, PhD

Physical Therapy Management of Cervical Thoracic Disorders & Cervicogenic Headaches

Date: January 27-28, 2018

Location: Bridgeside Point 1

 100 Technology Drive

Pittsburgh, PA 15213

1st Floor Classroom

Price: $325

Student Price: $100

For student registration please email pittmarquettechallenge@gmail.com and a registration/payment link will be emailed to you

All proceeds from this course will be donated to the Foundation for Physical Therapy as part of the Mercer-Marquette Challenge


 Sorry, but we are unable to issue refunds

Course Description

This course integrates manual therapy (mobilization and thrust mobilization) techniques and specific exercise programs in the management of individuals with mechanical neck pain and headaches.  Review of the current literature regarding neck disorders and headaches will be presented.   Discussion on current state of practice and problem cases will be discussed.


This course is a combination of brief lectures and intensive laboratory sessions. Participants will receive hands-on demonstration and practice of both examination and selected interventions of the upper thorax, cervical spine, and craniocervical region. A heavy focus will be placed on the proficient use of hold-relax, mobilization, and thrust mobilization techniques of the cervical and thoracic region.


Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course the participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the current best evidence for the use of manual therapy in the management of headaches and neck pain.
  2. Apply a patient centered clinical reasoning framework that avoids over medicalizing neck pain.
  3. Demonstrate evidence-based clinical examination skills.
  4. Select and demonstrate manual physical therapy and exercise interventions based on current best evidence.

Continuing Education Units

General CEUs: 12.5

This course is approved in: PA & NY

Course Schedule


8:00-8:30 Introductions, student background, goals of course, discuss handout and format of labs.
8:30-10:00 Evidence based practice overview and presentation of current best evidence for this region
10:00-10:30  Break
10:30-12:00 Neuromuscular Screening & Layer Palpation Lab

Thrust Mobilization of the Upper Thorax

12:00-1:00 Break
1:00-3:00 Segmental Examination of the Cervical Spine

Hold-Relax Techniques

3:00-5:00 Mid Cervical Rotational Thrust Mobilization

Mid Cervical Translational Thrust Mobilization



8:00-9:00 Round Robin Practice Session of Previous Day Material
9:00-10:00 Assessment and Treatment of the Upper Cervical Spine
10:00-10:30 Break
10:30-12:00 Assessment and Treatment of the Upper Cervical Spine

Headache Review and Management

12:00-12:30 Break
12:30-2:00 Muscle Length Assessment

Round Robin Practice & Wrap-up




About the Speaker

Timothy W. Flynn, PT, PhD

Board Certified in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy

Fellow, American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists

Fellow, American Physical Therapy Association


Dr. Flynn is board certified in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy (OCS), a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (FAAOMPT), a Fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association (FAPTA) and a frequent presenter at state, national, and international meetings. Dr. Flynn is widely published including 5 textbooks, 6 book chapters, over 85 peer-reviewed manuscripts on musculoskeletal disorders and chronic spinal pain. Awards include the James A. Gould Excellence in Teaching Orthopaedic Physical Therapy, Richard W. Bowling – Richard E. Erhard Orthopaedic Clinical Practice Award, the Steven J. Rose Excellence in Research (twice), the AAOMPT Outstanding Research Award (twice), and the Distinguished Alumnus- Marquette University Program in Physical Therapy.  Dr. Flynn is a past President of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists and an Associate Editor for the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy (JOSPT).


Dr. Flynn is a principal in Evidence in Motion (EIM) an educational company dedicated to elevating the physical therapy profession.  He is a Professor in the School of Physical Therapy at South College in Knoxville, TN where he teaches in the area of musculoskeletal management, chronic pain, and evidence based practice.


Dr. Flynn is a world-renowned clinician dedicated to providing the highest quality care possible at Colorado In Motion (www.ColoradoInMotion.com). His primary clientele includes clients suffering from back pain, chronic spinal pain, failed back surgeries, and chronic pain disorders. National and international clients including NBA and USOC athletes frequently seek Dr. Flynn’s clinical expertise.  He is passionate about ensuring that clients can and should expect better healthcare and the ability to have fitness and vitality throughout their life.  He can be heard weekly on the Pain Reframed Podcast.