Paris Method Goffstown & Windham, NH

Paris Method

Michelle Fecteau, MTC joined Balance in 2016 and with her brought her certification and knowledge of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy as taught by Stanley Paris. Cathy Schilling, working in the Goffstown office, has studied and incorporates the Paris system in conjunction with other techniques that she draws from her broad knowledge and experience. The Paris approach, though different from the Kaltenborn-Evjenth approach, is similar in its logical process of evaluation and emphasizes hands-on manual treatment individualized for each patient.

Stanley V. Paris graduated from the New Zealand School of Physiotherapy at the University of Otago in 1958, after which he joined his father in private practice. He was appointed as a physical therapist to the New Zealand Olympic Team for the 1960 and 1968 Olympic Games. In 1966, Paris came to the United States where he was on the faculty at Boston University and was staff physical therapist at Massachusetts General Hospital. Soon after his immigration to America, Paris became involved in the teaching of orthopaedic manual physical therapy (OMPT) courses to therapists in the United States. Paris established the Institute of Graduate Physical Therapy and, along with a cohort of skilled clinicians, began to teach a series of continuing education courses across the country. These courses, which emphasized hands-on training, were designed to culminate in manual therapy certification (MTC).

Paris’s institute is now the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences, which currently offers five majors in the health-related professions and is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education. It is the first privately owned university of its kind in the country, graduating approximately 200 entry-level physical and occupational therapists annually (Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy: From Art to Evidence, Chapter 7). For more information, Contact Us Today at Goffstown & Windham, NH Centers.