training & continuing education

a course for physical therapists & assistants

PRIME Physical Therapy offers an in-person course relevant to the clinical practice of physical therapy.

Empowering PT professionals

This course is intended to provide practitioners with the best available treatment options, from a manual therapy perspective, that are immediately available for the Functional Fitness athlete. Techniques and information learned during this course can also be applied to all patients with upper quarter dysfunction.

Learn from Dr. Tami, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

Dr. Tami's extensive education and experience brings tremendous value to this course for physical therapists and PT assistants who aspire to gain knowledge and training in manual therapy for athletes. Learn more.

Why manual therapy matters

Manual therapy is most often used as an effective treatment in conjunction with treatment using equipment and exercise. Putting pressure on and manipulating joints helps to decrease pain caused by muscle and joint tension and dysfunction. MT effectively improves movement and quality of life in patients.


Manual Therapy Approach to the Functional Athlete

Part 1 - The Overhead Athlete
Course Intended Learning Objectives

Objective 1

The participant will review the anatomy of the cervical and upper thoracic spine, as well as the shoulder and scapula.

Objective 2

The participant will identify safety issues, indications, and contraindications for the use of joint mobilization and manipulation, as well as soft tissue techniques.

Objective 3

The participant will identify clinical presentations, such as specific dysfunctions/pathologies, and when to apply manual therapy techniques and appropriate corrective exercises.

Objective 4

The participant will demonstrate how to appropriately perform multiple examination and treatment techniques to address common injuries and faulty movement patterns of overhead athletes on a lab partner.


course days & times

Manual Therapy Approach to the Functional Athlete
Part 1, the Overhead Athlete
Day 1

8 - 8:30 am


8:30 - 10 am

Anatomy of cervical spine, shoulder/scapula, upper thoracic spine

10 - 10:15 am


10:15 - 12 pm

Movement impairment syndromes and common injuries observed in the overhead athlete

12 - 1 pm

Working lunch/lab

1 - 3 pm

Joint mobilization and manipulation of cervical spine and upper thoracic spine

3 - 3:15 pm


3:15 - 5 pm

Joint manipulation and mobilization of the shoulder complex and scapula
Day 2

8 - 9 am

Review of joint mobilizations/manipulations

9 - 10:30 am

Soft tissue techniques for cervical, upper thoracic and shoulder/scapula

10:30 - 10:45 am


10:45 - 12 pm

Taping techniques and corrective exercises

12 - 1 pm

Case studies
meet the instructor

Dr. Tami Grunitzky, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMP

  • Education, Licensure, & Certification

    Doctor of Physical Therapy - University of Maryland School of Medicine

    Licensed Physical Therapist since 2009

    Orthopedic Certified Specialist, 2012-2022

  • Employment & Clinical Instruction

    PRIME Physical Therapy - April 2020-present

    Kassimir Physical Therapy - July 2011-April 2020

    Clinical Coordinator for Clinical Education and Clinical Instructor - 2010-present

A physical therapy clinic that offers customized, high-quality treatment by Doctors of Physical Therapy specialized in orthopedics and manual therapy in Maryland.
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