SMT-4: Certification in Spinal Manipulative Therapy (Cert. SMT): Comprehensive Review & Comprehensive Oral, Practical & Written Examination
Upon successful completion of SMT-4, candidates are awarded the Certification in Spinal Manipulative Therapy (Cert. SMT) credential. This certification recognizes those practitioners (PT, MD or DO) that have demonstrated:
- Safe and competent performance in the delivery of HVLA thrust manipulation procedures in all spinal, pelvic and thorax regions.
- An in depth understanding of the rationale for and against the use of HVLA thrust manipulation.
- An understanding of the empirical evidence surrounding the use of HVLA thrust manipulation in a variety of neuromusculoskeletal conditions.
This is a two-day (15 contact hours) course consisting of:
- Review of the biomechanical theory and neurophysiological effects of HVLA thrust manipulation.
- Review of the evidence underpinning the practice of HVLA thrust manipulation and its effectiveness (and limitations) in the management of cervicogenic headaches, idiopathic neck pain, whiplash associated disorder, post-partum pelvic pain, sacroiliac joint dysfunction, and facet and rib syndromes of the cervical, thoracic, lumbar and four spinal junctional zones.
- Comprehensive oral, practical and written examination of all materials in all three prerequisite courses (SMT-1, SMT-2, and SMT-3).
Successful candidates must be able to demonstrate mastery in the performance of HVLA thrust manipulation procedures to the cervical, thoracic, lumbar & pelvic regions, and all four junctional zones; furthermore, they must demonstrate an ability to articulate their diagnostic and treatment decisions with sound clinical reasoning and the use of current research.