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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.


Seminar Timings – Saturday 8am – 6pm / Sunday 8am – 3pm

Date Of Seminar Seminar Location Taught By
July 25th & 26th
Myrle Beach, SC
Comprehensive Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation
1885 Glenn’s Bay Road
Myrtle Beach, SC 29575
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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
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 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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Ken makes manipulation easy to learn in a fun, low-pressure environment. The techniques are versatile for any patient population. I liked the limited number of techniques so we weren’t overwhelmed with material. I liked the small group so individual feedback from the instructor was plentiful. K. M., PT, MTC

Ken did a great job discussing and demonstrating safety and manipulation. I left the course believing I can learn to perform Grade Vs in a safe manner. Travis Stueve, MS, LAT, CSCS

Nice course. Good start to being more aware and comfortable with manipulation. Thanks Ken! M.S., PT, OCS

This was a good review of some of the techniques I learned in school with some good variations that I can integrate into practice. I liked the thought process of the instructor. Jonathan K Marker, MPT

Great course for introducing manipulation in a step by step process. Ryan Myhre, DPT, ATC, OCS, CSCS

This was a great course to further the understanding and utilization of manipulation. If you are looking for a class to work on your skills from C spine to sacrum this is the perfect course for you. Great course! K.H., PT

Excellent manipulation course. This is the third manipulation course and it is by far the best. Lots of hands on lab time and timely feedback from the instructor. We got right in and started doing! D Bruce Murri, MPT, CMP

I had been performing lumbar and thoracic manipulation for years. My main goal was to learn cervical. I not only learned cervical but also how to improve comfort and reliability of my current lumbar and thoracic manipulations. Very glad I attended this course. Curtis Mason, DPT

I appreciated the focus on hands-on practice of these skills.This course improved my skills considerably. C.P., PT, MSPT, OCS, COMT

Great course! One of the best I’ve taken, allowing me to immediately feel comfortable with my manipulation skills on Monday. I’m excited to help some of the more difficult and challenging cases. Aaron Knox, PT, MS

This was a great course. I got just exactly what I was looking for. That was more confidence in cervical and correction of other techniques I was having difficulty with. The smaller class size allowed more one on one instruction. Ken taught in basic, easy to understand terms and concepts. I would highly recommend this course. Thanks, Ken! Jeffery Thomason, PT, OCS

Well worth the money. Too many “instructors” regurgitate research (or try to) degrade others instead of teach. This course is highly hands on and relevant. Ken’s teaching style is fluid. Peter Faletto, PT
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 course helped me understand manipulation in an easier way.  It was amazing! Ronald Samaniego, PT, DPT

I had a great experience.  Understood the basic steps of having effective but safe manipulation of the spine.  Duro Ojetayo, PT

This was a great introductory course for Grade V mobilization. It did a great job laying the groundwork to practice and work on implementation in the future.  It wasn’t overly technical but gave an incredible amount of information.  Joel Luedke, ATC

Ken’s course gave me the tools I was looking for to comfortably introduce spinal manipulation to my ortho practice.  Can’t wait to go home and get started.  Matt Moritz, PAC, ATC

Great course! I feel a lot more confident using manipulation for my cervical patients. E.Y., DPT

This course was very hands-on.  I also got a lot of positive reinforcement and guidance while making small corrections in direction of force and/or hand placement.  It made the class very UNintimidating and approachable.  Sheena Cook-Fuglsang, ATC

This is a great course that takes Grade IV to Grade V in a way that gains confidence right away.  There is a freedom of being able to do it the way that works best instead of making me conform to a strict textbook approach. We got hands-on right away with great instructor feedback.E.,PT

Excellent small class size so I could really learn!  Deborah Cuper, DPT, CLT, Cert DN

Ken guides you into feeling comfortable with manipulation. I love the small class size so he could help you.  Manipulation doesn’t seem so scary now. Thank you.  K.T., PT, DPT

Ken presented core concepts of manipulation in a non-threatening and user friendly manner that increased my confidence and effectiveness.  I will be able to immediately apply these tools in the clinic tomorrow.  Pat Schuh, ATC

Thank you for a good course! Especially techniques for CTJ and costotransverse.  K Ewalt, ATC

I like how much hands-on was in the course. It was a great way to expand one’s confidence with manual techniques.  P.F., PT, DPT

Ken was extremely knowledgeable and was easy to talk to.  He got straight to the point with treatments and didn’t waste unnecessary time.  He showed a variety of different techniques to get the same joint to cavitate.  E.J., PT, DPT

Ken is an excellent speaker and observer that can help through any difficulties.  He is extremely knowledgeable in everything there is to know about spinal manipulation.  G.D., PT, DPT

Great seminar.  I now understand and feel confident in performing manipulation and I’m sure my patients will benefit and appreciate.  Ken was great.  Andres Zapata, PT

I have 25 years of experience, multiple degrees and MTC.  I have been to lots of courses.  This is the best in practical application. Ken is knowledgeable, skilled and approachable.  Frank Layman PT, DPT, EdD, MTC

Great hands-on experience. Instructor does not talk down to participants.  Great one on one teaching.  Objective and science based.  Professor Jose E Rivera, ATC

This is an excellent introductory course for clinicians to understand the basics of spinal manipulation.  An excellent way to improve hands on feel for any grade of mobilization or manipulation.  Eric Waters, MS, ATC, PES, CES

This course was great. It provided a hands on experience and many practical techniques.  Each student was given personal attention and instruction by the instructor.  K.S., PT, ATC

This course will change how you feel about spinal manipulation.  You will learn techniques from an expert without unnecessary wasted time on prolonged lectures.  A.A., PT, DPT, COMS, Cert DN

Through this course ken has broken down the fundamentals of manipulation. His teaching style allowed all levels to work and learn with each other. I feel more confident treating my athletes with hypomobile joints.  K.M. MS, LAT, ATC

Great hands on learning course.  If you want instant tools to use safely with confidence learn from Ken! D. Brian Belfield, PT, DPT

This course efficiently instructed on what appears to be the most useful manipulations in the clinical setting.  Feel confident to use safety on Monday.  Marcie Schwartz, MPT

Ken’s teaching style—relaxed—really helps relieve stress of doing cervical manipulation.  I loved the amount of practice we got to put in.  Catherine Whitney, DPT

This course has really helped me boost my knowledge and confidence with manipulation, something I have always struggled with since PT school.  Thank you! Delin Varghese, PT, DPT

I was somewhat nervous prior to this course but Ken does a great job of explaining precautions and contraindications and techniques to make you feel more confident. J.B., PT

Ken did a great job of bridging the gap between his licenses of PT and DC.  This course is something for everyone from the novice manipulator to the expert because Ken is a practicing clinician.  Therese McNerney, DPT

I definitely recommend this course to any clinician interested in manual/manipulative skills or therapy.  Ken is a great instructor who understanding very simple. David Laif Haught, DPT, LMT, AT

This course GREATLY decreased my fear of manipulating and hurting someone. Confidence soared! P.W., PT

The course exceeded my expectations. For most clinicians, manipulation is often self-taught.  Ken does a great job of introducing techniques the individual clinician can adapts to their own clinical style instead of “this way or no way.” Rick Guter, ATC, PT

This course was great for newbies of manipulation as well as those needing to brush up on their skills. During this course, I was able to correct certain technique to enable myself to be more successful in manipulation. Certain techniques have been difficult for me to utilize but now I can! Lisa O’Brien PT, DPT

Great hands on opportunity to get hands on advanced manual therapy skills.  Plenty of time to practice skills and demonstrate competence in manipulation.  Ken teaches well and can compartmentalize the steps of manipulation to help anyone gain greater understanding and skill. S.W., PT, ATC

This course revitalized my skills and confidence with manipulation.  The instructor simplifies the techniques in an easy format to learn and implement.  I definitely recommend this course.  Tom Palya PT, CSCS

Hands on is the best way to learn and there was plenty of this. I liked all the ways we were shown how to modify and manipulation when needed. The instructor is very knowledgeable.  He did a wonderful job helping me overcome my fears. Carolyn Holland, MS, ATC

Ken’s ability to provide equal attention to everyone’s needs was outstanding.  I feel after this course I can immediately hit the ground running and implement these techniques.  I highly recommend the course to anyone who wants to safely learn or even brush up on their manipulation skills.  Wes Brown, LAT, ATC, PES, CES

I was very nervous coming into this course which seemed dominated by men. I’m female, petite and not exactly strong.  But Ken made the effort to show alternate ways to perform techniques so they would work for me. I would definitely take this course again!  Melissa Escobar, MSPT

I liked the one on one time with Ken.  He kept the number of attendees down to 16.  I’ve been to manipulation courses with 60 participants. J.W. PT

The overall information and one on one interaction made the course very valuable to me. Great course.  It will help improve all aspects of rehab in my sports medicine world.  Justin Walker, MS, ATC, LAT

One of the best instructors I’ve ever had. Richard Patrick Bullard

This course explained very well what manipulation actually is compared to “myths” and speculations you hear in the medical field.  So many good one on one opportunities with partners and instructor.  This is so important in the medical profession where hands on practice is essential. Great course for both PT’s and ATC’s.  C.G. M.Ed., ATC, LAT

Excellent breakdown of various techniques that are easily applied to many different segments. I liked the smaller class, more supervision and more hands on.  Wayne Whittle, PT

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