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Learn Spinal Manipulation is a weekend course designed to equip the practicing clinician with spinal manipulative skills that are safe and effective.

This course offers hands on training to equip the attendee with safe and effective Grade V techniques that can be used in a clinical setting the next day. It is designed to add to, not replace, the skill set each clinician has in his or her training and experience. Expect a fun and educational weekend!

Instructor Bio

Ken Cooper began his clinical career as a 1981 Physical Therapy graduate of the University of Texas Health Science Center at Dallas. After several years of practice in Lubbock, Texas, he returned to Dallas and attended Parker College of Chiropractic and graduated Summa Cum Laude and Valedictorian.

He currently owns and operates Cooper Functional Services and Harwood Physical Therapy Clinic in Bedford, Texas. His practice focus is on orthopedics, dry needling and acupuncture and has enjoyed treating collegiate and professional athletes, including many Dallas Cowboys, since 1990. For a more detailed bio, please click the link above.


The ultimate objective of this seminar is for the attendee to leave the weekend with five manipulative techniques to utilize in each area of the spine. This requires most of the seminar to be spent in hands-on practice. In order for this to occur, we always keep our courses small to enhance one on one training with the instructor. There is an emphasis on safety at all times. We will also cover controversies, relative and absolute contraindications, craniovertebral instability and vascular concerns.

Our manipulative techniques have been used with patients of all ages and multiple diagnoses and with the sedentary to the professional athlete. They are extremely effective. For the rest of the course objectives, visit the page by clicking the heading above.

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Dware Bronco 5“We only have one body and no matter the occupation, you must protect it. Check out Ken’s seminar and see why I trust him with mine.” DeMarcus Ware, NFL

At the conclusion of this seminar the learner will be able to :

• Explain the efficacy of spinal manipulation (SM) for various clinical presentations
• Be knowledgeable of current literature reviews regarding safety concerns and controversies with SM.
• Identify risk factors involved with SM using clinical evaluation procedures in addition to radiographic, magnetic resonance and videofluoroscopic studies.
• Demonstrate craniovertebral instability evaluation procedures.
• Demonstrate vertebrobasilar evaluation procedures and discuss the controversy of using these procedures.
• Demonstrate a clear understanding of craniocervical artery dissection.
• List multiple physiological effects of SM.
• Demonstrate at least five safe and effective cervical SM techniques.
• Demonstrate at least five safe and effective thoracic and costovertebral SM techniques.
• Demonstrate at least five safe and effective lumbosacral SM techniques.
• Discuss absolute and relative contraindications of SMT.
• Identify appropriate inclusions of informed consent.



Saturday 8am – 6pm / Sunday 8am – 3pm

Date Of Seminar Seminar Location Taught By
March 21st – 22nd
University Of WI – La Crosse
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
10 Mitchell Hall
1725 State Street
La Crosse, WI 54601
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March 28th & 29th
Miami, FL
Rite-Care Medical Center
  3399 NW 72 Ave Suite 101
    Miami, Florida 33122
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 May 2nd & 3rd
Univ of Iowa
University of Iowa  Ken
 May 16th & 17th
Boise, Idaho
Boise, Idaho Ken
May 30th & 31st
Rochester, NY
The College At Brockport
350 New Campus Drive
Tuttle South
Brockport, NY 14420
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June 13th & 14th
Bethesda, MD
Precision Health & Fitness
The Bedford Building
6500 Rock Spring Drive Suite 100
Bethesda, MD 20817
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July 25th & 26th
Myrle Beach, SC
Comprehensive Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation
1885 Glenn’s Bay Road
Myrtle Beach, SC 29575
August 15th & 16th
Denver, CO
Denver, CO
Agility Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine
7375 East Orchard Rd Suite 200
Greenwood Village, CO 80111
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 Sept 26th & 27th
Las Vegas, NV
Henderson Physical Therapy
1358 Paseo Verde Pkwy #200
Henderson, NV 89012
 Oct 17th & 18th
Phoenix, AZ
Orthopedic & Sports Specialists
(Oss Physical Therapy on the outside of the clinic in bright green)
1309 W Guadalupe Rd, Ste 1,
Mesa, AZ 85202
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Nov 8th & 9th
Cayman Island
Physiotherapy Section,
Health Services Authority,
95 Hospital Road, George Town
Grand Cayman Island
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 Dec 5th & 6th
Dallas, TX
Dallas, TX
Methodist Dallas Outpatient Physical Medicine
Pavillion II, first floor
(1441 N Becley Ave, Dallas)
221 W. Colorado Blvd, Dallas, TX 75208
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As an athletic trainer working with Division I collegiate gymnastics, I know the skills and techniques I learned in this course will be incredibly beneficial. Ken did a wonderful job giving one-on-one attention with each individual and providing creative improvisations to adapt manipulation techniques to fit specific situations. He provided a laid-back atmosphere with no pressure but lots of knowledge.
Stephanie Gross, MA, ATC

This course was a home run for me. Ken’s method of teaching made perfect sense. I have lost my fear of cervical manipulation! If you are looking for a manipulation class, this is the course for you. I can immediately start using the techniques. The course had excellent hands on practice and instruction.
Michael Rende, OTR

I came into the class worried about hurting someone. I was unsure about pressure, speed and contacts. I have more confidence and I am better prepared to utilize manipulation now.
Seth Lawrence, PT, DPT

This course was great. Great hands on learning and time to practice skills. Great way to get the basics of manipulation. I came to the course to take away a little but now see where manipulation is very useful in my setting. GREAT JOB!
Eli Zucksworth, ATC

I came to the course with no prior formal training in manipulation. I now feel I am able to utilize manipulation on Monday and like the resources and videos for my regular review. This course provides a safe and effective approach to manipulation.
David Hudspeth, PT

This was a great course. I am less intimidated and more confident with manipulation techniques. The format of the course was very good with hands on training and a lot of excellent feedback from Ken.
Sonia Flores, PT

This was a great course to get right to the nuts and bolts of manipulation. Techniques that can be taken right from the classroom to the clinic. A great course for clinicians who have not had prior experience treating with manipulation. I loved that the group was small because of the amount of individual help and feedback I received.
Kelly Twohey-Byrne, PT

This was my first con ed course as a new graduate. I am amazed how much I was able to learn in two days. I can’t believe I was able to learn so many techniques in such a short time. This course opened me up to new ideas and new treatment approaches. I can’t wait to return to the clinic! Ken is a very positive person created a relaxed atmosphere with lots of time to practice. I would absolutely take another course from him.
Jennifer Arnold, PT, DPT

Easy learning environment. Great positive feedback. Plenty of hands on. Flexible ideas and ways to perform technique based on patient and therapist size. No pressure. Confidence builder. Great course for me.
Mandy Smith, PT

I liked the amount of time and interaction with the instructor. The small class size helped us all. There was no pressure but LOTS of knowledge from instructor. Plus he encouraged sharing from all attendees so I was able to learn from them as well. I loved the multiple techniques for each spinal area. Really a very good course.
Bret McGuire, DPT

“This course gave me a wonderful array of techniques that I can put into practice on Monday! Ken is both knowledgeable and entertaining and the weekend flew by. I enjoyed this course so much and learned so much I would absolutely recommend it to anyone who wants to improve their clinical practice.”
Kim Durst, PT

“This was a great introduction course to advanced spinal manipulation without getting you bogged down with unnecessary details!”

“Easy to learn techniques. Involved great feedback to learn from. Immediate results and techniques to take to work next week.”

“Ken has 33 years of clinical experience. Enough said. Take the course!”
Mike Kelly, PT, DPT, DSc, OCS, COMT

“I love how Ken gave me a few moves but lots of variation so I could understand and not get overwhelmed. Ken is extremely knowledgeable and fabulous at what he does. Thank you Ken! Keep up the great work.”
D Meeks, ATC

“This was a GREAT course to introduce manipulation. I feel I have learned solid techniques that I can continue to practice and introduce into patient care.”
R Mazur, PT

“This course gave me great information to improve my techniques. I enjoyed how much hands-on it was! Thanks Ken for answering all my many questions convincingly.”
B Mangcoy, PT

“The most important thing after taking this course is I believe I can SAFELY manipulate my patients!”
E Kaiwowska PT

“Manipulation can be intimidating and scary to apply in practice. Ken was able to translate his experience as a chiropractor AND a PT to ease your worries about manipulation and demonstrate how manipulation is an effective tool in patient care. I am very happy and excited to go to work tomorrow!”
C Lingle, PT

“This was one of the best courses I have taken. Ken made the environment very comfortable for learning and I feel very confident to use these techniques tomorrow in the clinic. I would do this class again in a heart beat!”
M Mazur, PT

“Enjoyed learning multiple techniques that could be used for spinal manipulation. Excellent Therapist to instructor ratio which is crucial in becoming proficient in any manual techniques.”

“I have always been fearful of using Grade 5 techniques. Ken has made me feel much more comfortable.”

”This was my 1st introduction to manipulation. Only thing I had done before was mobilization. It definitely expanded my knowledge base and introduced new and exciting new Rx approach.”

”I believe you can not fully treat your patient , or state that you are an expert in muscle bones and nerves unless you know how to manipulate”

”Outstanding Course! I now highly recommend this course for anyone who wants to take their manual therapy skills to the next level. ”

“Combining the manipulation throughout process with some extra manual technique makes me skilled to handle almost any patient well we can give.“

“Before taking this course I would not have had manipulation in my treatment. Now I feel like I could include certain manipulations in treatment.”

“A great hands on course, really increased my confidence with HVLA’s at all levels. Ken (Dr. Cooper) gives a variety of options to use so I feel well equipped for treating the variety of patients I see.”

This is the best course I have ever had for preparing me to sue the skills in the clinic Monday morning. Dr. Cooper is very skillful at assessing participants techniques and teaching adjustments.”

“Ken Cooper has great experience coming from PT and chiro background. GREAT COURSE!”

“Very thorough hand on course that utilizes multiple treatment positions for each dysfunction. Dr. Ken Cooper emphasizes pt. comfort, and therapist positioning and relaxation to make treatment more effective.”

“This is the best course I have ever taken for preparing me to use the skills on Monday morning. Ken is very skillful at assessing participant’s techniques and teaching manipulation.”
E. Lee, PT

“This was a great hands-on course! It really increased my confidence with HVLA’s at all levels. Ken gives a variety of options to use and I feel will equipped for my patients.”
R. Wright, PT

“Great class taught by a very experienced clinician.  Enjoyed being taught by Ken.”
S. Robles, PT

“I have taken 3 manual therapy classes before this course.  The was the most simple to apply.  A very hands-on course that is easy to start on my patients this week.”
P. Magee, PT, DPT, CEEAA

“I’ve taken at least 5 SMT classes and entered this class lacking confidence in doing C-spine manips.  I FINALLY feel I’ve overcome my hurdles and can do it.  I’m ready for Monday.”
J. Medell, DPT

“The hands-on aspect of the course was very helpful, the instructor was very knowledgeable and helpful to make sure we all feel comfortable with the techniques.”
J. Craner, DPT

“Ken really knows his stuff and gets his points across very well. Excellent job!”
Dan Garr,PT 

“It was truly a hands-on course. Ken effectively combines a weeks worth of instruction and information into a clear presentation over two days. It was simple but powerful.”
J. Napolitano PT

“I have always had my doubts about manipulation until I took this course. Now I feel comfortable trying these techniques knowing how to safely apply them. I can’t wait to begin using them.”
W. Bauer PT

“I think this is a great course for any therapist to take. I now feel able to do joint manipulation and this will really help patients improve their pain and function.”
P. Bauer PT

I thoroughly enjoyed this course and got an excellent base to begin using spinal manipulation in my practice. Ken is a patient instructor and helps each participant according to their skill level.
Hal Krenkel, DPT

I have taken manipulation courses previously and Ken’s manipulation course has taken my manual skills to another level. I can confidently treat with immediate results. A must have course for serious manual therapists.
Chris Herrera, DPT, CSCS

This course teaches you to be very specific with your manipulation. Ken is very approachable and is very clear with his instructions and demonstrations.
Carlton Cole, PT

I have taken manipulation courses before that were overpopulated with attendees. Ken’s course kept the concepts simple and easy to understand. He was receptive to ideas and attendees opinions. His low instructor to student ratio made learning manipulation more personal. My confidence in manipulation has improved exponentially in one weekend course.
Timothy Taylor, PT

This course was everything I hoped it would be. There was plenty of lab time and Ken was amazing. I highly recommend this course!
Sharif Tabbah, DPT, CSCS

I have always heard a lot of negative feedback about spinal manipulation; however, after this course I have an entirely different perspective and an amazing concept of its importance! I am excited to help my patients and to add to my knowledge as a therapist.
L Mendez


“This was my 1st introduction to  manipulation. Only thing I had done before was mobilization. It definitely expanded my knowledge base and introduced new and exciting new Rx approach.” – Kathryn C. Patrick, PT