From the Post-Course Critiques of ALL practitioners who attended the S.O. III course and chose to write comments. Their written comments about the seminar are listed below.
American BackPain Center
Treatment, Education, and Research of the Spine
SO III - Migraine / TMJ Course
All Written Comments
Great logical construct for safe exploration and treatment of headache patients. Great patients to demonstrate with in front of the audience. Looking forward to S.O. IV and the Residency Program.
It was amazing to see how consistently you could use minute, sustained cervical movements and positions and have such a gigantic impact on those severe headache patients. Working with the human body is quite humbling. Thanks for a wonderful course.
Thank you, these are the most applicable courses I've ever been to!
Extremely helpful. Excellent material, concise protocols. Thanks so much for getting this course material out.
Great course. I was wary of trying to take on headache patients, but after your course I believe I'm ready. Thanks Angelo. S.H., PT.
Thank you Angelo! Once again you have delivered a very clear, concise, and effective treatment approach. I come to your courses with high expectations and once again you have managed to exceed them. Wow! Gratefully, J.B., PT.
My success in treating spine patients since attending the Strategic Orthopedics seminars has prompted several co-workers to attend the S.O. course series. Their response has been overwhelmingly positive and our consistency between therapists has markedly improved. I can not express how important the Strategic Orthopedics System has been to my career as an outpatient PT. Angelo DiMaggio PT, Dip MDT backs up his work with research to allow us to use evidence-based practices. His organization and teaching abilities allow the entire audience to easily follow every detail of how to use this "system" correctly. In the year between attending S.O. II ( Cerv./Thor.) and S.O. III (Migraine/TMJ), I was often producing headaches in lower cervical patients and could not figure out why. Angelo taught me how to treat, what was later explained to be, an upper cervical problem.
Since attending S.O. III I have been so overwhelmingly successful in treating headache, migraine, and TMJ patients that our hospital has begun an aggressive marketing campaign to the general public, area physicians, and local news media sources. I now look forward to physician referrals for headache and migraine patients.
Jill Wenzlick, PT
St. Rita's Medical Center at The Delphos
Ambulatory Care Center
1800 East Fifth Street
Delphos, Ohio 45844
Brilliant!! Blew me away!! Having this knowledge and using it would be like being the only person to have a fire hose in a squirt gun fight!
Thank you for being such an excellent, motivational instructor. I have learned so much from you and feel I am a better therapist because of these courses.
I can''t hardly wait for S.O. IV. I need it! S.O. I & II have been a blessing to my patients and my clinical confidence!
Excellent organization of course materials will be a great help in my clinical practice. T.E., PT.
You are truly a gifted clinician and educator. You are a credit to our profession and I look forward to your next course. You have made such a difference to my abilities as a clinician - Thanks! S.C., PT.
Another wonderful continuing ed. experience that I can put into practice on Monday. Thank you. With your love of scientific research, why aren't you publishing these great outcomes?
I look forward to the next course level. Thank you. Your shared knowledge helped me to help a great number of spinal pain patients.
Thanks Angelo. As always, it was an exceptional course. It is an honor for me to have been in attendance this weekend. I would have preferred the audience not make comments during your patient sessions so we can watch you interact with the patient without these distractions. T.P., PT.
Thanks again for sharing your knowledge in such a way that will allow others to have success in treating the most difficult of all patients. - S.H., ATC.
Having actual migraine and TMJ patients on the course for you to demonstrate with was the most helpful part of this course.
Thanks for the knowledge. Wonderful to go into the clinic from this course with something that can be immediately affective. It's great to talk to other clinicians to improve skills from all course levels and discuss difficult patients.
My expectations were very high because I know the quality of your presentations. It met my high expectations! Compared to other courses I attended it Exceeded my expectations.
Viewing the patient exam. & reexam. forms that Angelo writes on is helpful for seeing the words he uses in his documentation. J.S., PT, ATC.
Would have liked more info. for therapists who do not get to follow their patients every visit & do not have a consistent PTA who treats for you.
Some of the questions/comments from the audience during the patient exam./reexam. time were distracting -- I feel questions/comments from the audience should be fielded after the patient leaves so we can watch your clinical decision making only. Thanks - Great learning as always!
I thought it might have helped to go over the treatment algorithm prior to evaluating the patients. It would have helped to know what you were thinking. This course has made me think back to a list of patients I need to call so I can now fix them. Thank you very much. I didn't believe you until I saw you prove it with those patients!
I am a headache sufferer myself and was able to relieve my own headache using the cervical procedures.
Good to see a very difficult patient.
Nice tie in with S.O. II, like the initial Examination Form.
I took S.O. I, and S.O. II just to take the headache course. It was worth the wait. Thanks. All the courses are excellent! It's the framework for all of my spine patients.
You continue to deliver very quality, helpful courses. I appreciate the help these courses have given me in treating my spine patients.
Builds well on the previous courses. Some slides in the manual had small print and will be difficult to read later.
As always, love this course too. Makes so much sense. Would like to have the opportunity to have copies of the research articles.
Would like either a short lab session or just a little more time to be spent on the evaluation & progression of the PREP.
It would be great if we could have copies of the headache case studies you presented.
Thank you again. Keep teaching. B.S., PT.
Thanks! If I could have a miniature you on my shoulder helping me with my patients it would make my day so much easier!
As always, Angelo challenged normal thinking and proved that less is more. Great Course. I look forward to trying this in my clinic.
Thanks Angelo - great job once again. I'm going to consult for a new headache clinic when I get back so I will keep you up to date on how it goes. S.L., PT
The sponsor for this course is very helpful & accommodating.
Maybe you can include down loadable research documents and/or examples of how assessment forms are filled out on your website? You could list the most recent articles as "articles of the week" or month.
Seemed more efficient to hold questions until specific Q&A sessions. Algorithm was clear but progression of tx. plan still a little muddy. Last patient on day 2 seemed rushed. I would prefer you spend more time with the real patients vs. the case studies you presented.
Overall, Good Course. Also, a good review from S.O. II Course. Looking forward to the S.O. IV Course.
More case studies may be helpful - especially included as part of the course materials because those examples are wonderful for teaching the variety of individual treatments.
The use of an overhead projector to display the evaluation form as you fill it out with the patient would make it easier to follow you and fill out the form correctly.
Some specific things were unclear, but then resolved after the Q&A sessions.
Although it is my belief that your overall treatment approach is a sound one, and I think I and my patients are better for having learned it, it weakens your program that nothing has ever been published with this approach.
Very helpful course.
Documentation very helpful.
The patient demonstrations were the most helpful. It really wrapped up some loose ends/ideas in my mind from the S.O. II (Cervical) course. It all tied together well.
Having yet another course that utilizes the same approach to allow me to have a rather complete way of evaluating and treating spinal pain
Finally, a way to address some of the most complex and challenging patients we see in the clinic.
Great job as always! Very well organized. The patient demos and course manual are great.
Good allottment of time.
We'll see how it works with my application.
I always expect excellence from Angelo.
Absolutely what the doctor did not order because they just don't know! Thank you so much as always. This course is a blessing. Hope to see you at the FOCUS & DETAIL course.
I greatly appreciate Angelo's high level of organization and mastery of details.
I need to remind myself that this material takes time & practice. I need to review material from SO I & II. Loved the real patient demonstrations.
Most impressed by the degree of change in the patient's symptoms as a result of such minute movements and position changes of the cervical spine.
I wasn't smart enough to figure all of this out! Course WAY exceeded my expectations.
Add pharmacology (basic) to your (otherwise water tight) repertoire. It appears odd not knowing common meds when you do this for a living.
Information / techniques can be applied so easily in the clinic. Thank you again for sharing your expertise!! All the information was presented in a very organized manner.
The patient demos were very helpful to grasp the subtlety of the maneuvers.
Thank you Angelo & Karen for another awesome course providing us with immediately applicable skills! You've taught us so much - most importantly, how to be better coaches & teach our patients and ourselves to focus & pay attention to detail. I'm looking forward to course #4!
Bigger print needed for aging PT's. Excellent notes with the lecture.
Font of course material at times too small.
Thank you for allowing PTA's to attend.
We are fortunate that you (Karen) decided that this course should be before the Advanced Spine course. This will be helpful in treating with the SO II protocol.
More explanation / warning during SO II about why retraction and extention will blow up people's headaches. The whole course was great. The anatomy review was very helpful in setting up "why" this works so well.
May help to add color changes to the paper to see when there is a change in topic.
Admire the passion. Hopefully you are going to publish this info if you haven't already. Thank you.
Fantastic Continuing Education opportunity! (as usual). I can't wait to get back to my headache clients. Fabulous new learnings!
Some of the pictures & words in the manual were unclear or unable to read, otherwise, fantastic!
Excellent course; I am amazed at the miniscule movements of the cervical spine used to affect the patient's headache symptoms. Keep up the great work Angelo!
You have developed an amazing treatment system that could change all of medicine. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all you do.
Angelo, you are a pioneer in our profession. Of all the courses I have attended over my 26 years as a PT, yours are consistantly the BEST, with 100% immediate clinical applicability. You use logic and reason with research to back it up - no "HOCUS POCUS"! You are a gift to this profession. Keep spreading the word and you will make us all "look good" as therapists. This should be the primary headache intervention for all headache patients. Thank you again. K.B., PT.
Overall, Excellent! I can't imagine needing anything more now in my spine bag / box / warehouse...... beyond putting this into practice & learning how to progress pts.
Possible addition of a home exercise program sheet to give pts. at the end of their initial eval.
Angelo is an excellent speaker & educator who loves treating patients, and it shows.
This is my second time taking this course. I found it more helpful this time to have seen you with headache patients who did not have their headaches abolish completely so easily as all the patients did on last years course.
My expectations were already high because of having attended your previous 2 courses - therefore, they were met on this course.
Would have loved to be able to see a patient being treated with this system, but further down the road than the first and second visits.
The good thing about reviewing some of the points from the past courses is it's like a good movie you see more than once - you see things you did not see before! (and) it gets better each time.
Might be better with only 2-3 patients on the course instead of having 4 patients.
Interesting how many things in my Maitland spinal manual agree with your philosophy.
This material is so new, it might have been helpful to have had a few more breaks, especially on the first day - just an idea.
Very well thought out. Thank you for listening to your patients and taking the time to discover what would help them!
Thank you for what you're doing for our profession!
Wonderful & objective as always. Thank you for explaining what for me was not making sense back in the clinic.
As always, an excellent learning opportunity. Thanks, Scott H., ATC
You did better with being on time but still took too long for things.
I like the fact that we have real, live patients - this has always helped.
Great job. Enjoyed it very much.
Angelo has to be the ABSOLUTE BEST instructor I've EVER had in a cont. ed. course!
As always - Thank you Angelo!
After hearing so much about this course - I had great expectations - I was not disappointed. I am totally amazed at what you have developed and your insights to treatment of such challenging patients. Great job Angelo! KEZ, PT
Outstanding as always. Once again my level of enthusiasm goes up greatly every time I attend one of your courses!!! Thaks as always, Joe.
Excellent! Excited about putting it into action in my business. Thanks! Maria, PT
I always find the information that you present clinically relevant & I am always excited to get to work on Monday to test your techniques on those stubborn pain/spine patients. Thanks for making me a better & more efficient therapist!!
I always enjoy the learning, research, and clinical application I recieve at these courses.
Looking forward to taking SO IV!
Please have a Headache/Migraine Focus & Detail Seminar! Wonderful course. Only wish we had more time for pt. evals. and for presentation of the new research. Well done! M. Skinner, PT/ATC.
Would have liked a hands on session to make sure I was progressing protrusion & upper cervical extension at the right incraments and speed.
Great course as usual. Would like to have seen more pt's. Can't wait to use these techniques. E. Brown, PT, Cert. MDT.
Once again, unbelievable results with patients. I can't wait to get back to the clinic and try some of these new techniques.
A "click" a day keeps the doctor away (and sometimes 17 "clicks" a day).
It would help to break up some of the lecture on the 2nd morning with a patient re-exam. to help our tolerance.
Very impressive results with patient exams/treatments.
Thanks for your willingness to answer questions & trouble shoot our patients with us over the phone months and years after we attended your courses!
I feel the addition of a 3rd day would be beneficial to experience more patient evaluations & treatments - I also believe this would be beneficial for SO II as well.
Thank you for another great course!
I look forward to making our clinic the most successful Headache/Migraine center in the area!
Angelo, I feel like I must make a confession. I have made many mistakes including lack of detail, loss of focus, and worst of all, mixing in other methods to create confusion for all. For these mistakes I am sorry and hope to remove my insanity and recover my focus! I hope to repeat the cervical course this October. I cannot thank you enough for all you do and I can guarantee I had no chance at relieving patient's head/facial pain prior. God bless you and your family! Back to the clinic I go. Keep up all your great work. Your humble student, Jim F., PT.
This has been the answer I was looking for - SO II helped me feel very competent with neck patients, even with headaches. But I knew what not to do to flare up headaches, and now I can see hope for those patients and my responsibility to them. Thank You! PT, Cert. MDT.
Great material. Always enjoy you & your seminars. Your enthusiasm really "Recharges" my batteries to get back into the clinic & "go get 'em"! Thanks! Tressa, PT
I would like a mentoring program with you. PT, Cert. MDT.
As always the course was outstanding & motivating and is definately making me a much better therapist. Much of the information from your courses carries over to treating patients who are not spinal, especially the "education" parts. PT, Cert. MDT.
AMAZING! Julie Murphy, PTA.
Very informative. Looking forward to using this info to make a difference with patients who have head pain.
Thanks for enforcing patience with minute movements. We are all often too aggressive. PT, Cert. MDT.
Great job again! PT, Cert. MDT.
I have finally been to a course to fill the "Missing Link" in my treatment of cervical patients. And am excited to apply it and see results.
Thanks for sharing your expertise with us!
Thank you for another good course! It exceeded my expectations.
Thanks again for a great course Angelo.
Thank you Angelo for revitalizing, challenging, & drastically improving the profession of PT!
"Angelo DiMaggio's Strategic Orthopedics System applies clear thinking to headache/migraine/TMJ problems with a seminar that will absolutely transform your thinking (and your outcomes!). Over the past 6 months (since attending the SO III Migraine seminar) its effectiveness has been so glaring and exciting that a physician, also amazed by the astounding results, has teamed up with me to create the HEADACHE INSTITUTE OF TEXAS. That is where I see the future of my private practice. This is a niche that NO ONE occupies. Angelo's insight into the cervicogenic biomechanics of headache/migraine/TMJ pain is absolutely unprecedented."
“As a pain management physician, I often treat patients with headache, TMJ (jaw) dysfunction, tinnitus, and oral-facial pain. Of all I have tried over the past 20 years (medication/injection/trigger points/manual therapy), I have had my greatest success with the well thought-out approach pioneered by Angelo DiMaggio. The approach is simple and highly effective but more importantly it empowers pain suffers to take personal responsibility for their care. I have marveled at the immense success achieved within minutes without drugs, needles, or knives. No other method of treatment has given my patients such great success”.
The Headache/Migraine/TMJ seminar (SO III) is not just icing on the cake. It is the whole cake! It is hard to fathom until you see it on the seminar and then in the clinic, but it appears that perhaps 90% or more of all headaches, migraines, and TMJ pain originate in the cervical spine and are mechanical in nature.
This seminar will show you how to confirm if a patient’s head and face symptoms are coming from the cervical spine – without even touching the patient. And, if they are, you will learn how to teach your patients self-treatment programs and strategies which can completely abolish their headaches. This is uncharted territory, unlike any other headache approach. It’s amazing to watch your worst headache/migraine sufferers knock out their symptoms in minutes, often on the first visit.
I cannot recommend these seminars more highly. Hands down, I believe them to be the premiere spine seminars of our time. My spine center sponsored a seminar this past year and it received unanimous approval (98% score) from our four Certified Spine Therapists who attended. I feel certain you will derive as much benefit from these seminars as my certified co-workers and I have.
Please feel free to write or call me with any questions”.
Adam Johnson, PT, Cert. MDT
Carle Spine Institute 610 N. Lincoln Ave.
Urbana, IL 61801
“Our foundation for treating patients with head, neck, and facial/TMJ pain was provided by the cervical
examination and treatment system developed by spine therapist Angelo DiMaggio. We spend our days systematically reducing and often abolishing patients’ symptoms, typically on the first visit. Over 5 years and 1,800 patients have taught us that the vast majority of headache and facial pain patients have underlying cervical pathology. Our patients have been able to capitalize on the life-changing opportunity this new system affords”.