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James Dunning

DPT, MSc Manip Ther, OCS, MTC, MCSP, MAACP (UK), FAAOMPT, MMACP (UK)

Director, AAMT Fellowship in Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy. Fellow, American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (USA). Member, Manipulation Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (UK). Member, Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (UK)

Dr. James Dunning is the President of Spinal Manipulation Institute and Dry Needling Institute of the American Academy of Manipulative Therapy. He is the owner of Alabama Physical Therapy & Acupuncture in Montgomery, Alabama. Dr. Dunning specializes in spinal manipulation, western and traditional Chinese acupuncture, and trigger point dry needling for a variety of neuromusculoskeletal conditions. Dr. Dunning graduated Magna Cum Laude and received a Bachelor of Science from Brigham Young University, a Master of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of the Pacific, California and a post-graduate Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences, Florida. In addition, he received a post-graduate Master of Science in Advanced Manipulative Physiotherapy from the University of Birmingham, England, and has completed advanced training in osteopathic spinal manipulation and acupuncture through the London School of Osteopathy, British Medical Acupuncture Society, and Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (UK).

Dr. Dunning is a Manipulative Physiotherapist, Board Certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist, Certified Manual Therapist, Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists, Member of the Manipulation Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (England), and Member of the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (England). He has completed original experimental research investigating the effects of cervical manipulation on the electromyographic activity of the upper limb muscles.

Dr. Dunning presented on the neurophysiological effects of C5-6 high-velocity low-amplitude thrust manipulation on the biceps brachii muscle at the 2007 American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT) Annual Conference in St. Louis. This original experimental research entitled “The effects of cervical manipulation on the resting electromyographic activity of the biceps brachii muscle” by Dunning & Rushton (2009) is published in the international journal Manual Therapy14 (2009) 508-513.

Dr. Dunning has a special interest in the use of acupuncture and spinal manipulation for the treatment of cervicogenic headaches, whiplash associated disorders of the cervicothoracic region, post-partum pelvic pain, sacroiliac joint dysfunctions, lumbar zygapophyseal joint dysfunctions, neurogenic cervicobrachial pain syndromes, craniofacial pain, and neuromyofascial pain syndromes.

In 2008, Dr. Dunning presented original experimental research on the effects of HVLA thrust manipulation on the electromyographic activity of upper limb muscles in Rotterdam, Netherlands at the 9th Congress of the International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Physical Therapists (IFOMPT). Dr. Dunning was awarded the 2009 AAOMPT OPTP Research Grant for the study entitled, “Upper cervical and upper thoracic thrust manipulation versus nonthrust mobilization in patients with mechanical neck pain: a multi-center randomized clinical trial”–Dunning et al (2012) was published in the January 2012 issue of the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy. Recently, Dr. Dunning presented the findings of his latest study entitled, “Bilateral and multiple cavitation sounds during upper cervical thrust manipulation” at the 2012 IFOMPT Conference in Quebec, Canada. Dunning et al (2013)was just published in the journal BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders and can be downloaded as a full text PDF. Most recently, Dr. Dunning taught spinal manipulation workshops and presented original experimental research at the 2013 Italian Manual Therapy Conference in Tuscany, Italy. Dr. Dunning’s most recent article titled, “Dry needling: a literature review with implications for clinical practice guidelines” was published in 2013 in the journal Physical Therapy Reviews