Open Access Capstone
Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)
Occupational therapy practitioners do not always know how to treat the painful shoulder and this may be due to a lack of education regarding manual therapy. This research project is designed to determine the best practice for teaching manual therapy techniques to occupational therapy providers by providing an in-service to teach new knowledge and skills regarding manual therapy to improve patient care by reducing client shoulder pain. Three types of learning styles were used which include: behaviorist theory, constructivism, and active learning strategies. The design was a two-tailed T test with a pretest/posttest to evaluate knowledge of the participants regarding manual therapy techniques. Data was collected regarding the participants satisfaction with the different teaching strategies used in the in-service. Another survey was sent to the participants four weeks post the in-service to determine frequency and use of the manual therapy techniques in practice. The objectives were met and the statistical analysis was significant at .003 which is less than .05. Certain strategies of active learning were rated at different levels of helpfulness. In a four-week follow up survey participants indicated they had used manual therapy techniques on clients and non-clients. This research concluded that educating occupational therapy practitioners in use of manual therapy techniques by using active learning strategies increases their knowledge. The new knowledge will allow the practitioners to utilize stretching, joint mobilization, and myofascial release in a more effective treatment to ease the client’s shoulder pain.
Cindy Hayden, DHEd., OTR/L, CHT
Dana Howell, Ph.D., OTD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Shirley O'Brien, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA
2020 Deana K Jackson
Jackson, Deana K., "Best Practice for Teaching Manual Therapy Techniques to Occupational Therapy Practitioners" (2020). Occupational Therapy Doctorate Capstone Projects. 57.