Dr. Makani Lew, BSc, DC

Professor, Palmer College of Chiropractic- West Campus, San Jose, CA (rev 1/10/2016)

Rehabilitation and Exercise I (7Q, MIPA71313) and Rehabilitation and Exercise II (10Q, CHPR81413)

These notes and handouts are intended for the students of the curriculum at Palmer College of Chiropractic West. COPYRIGHT INFORMATION: Please consider this material the property of Dr. Lew and the college. If you choose to use any of the material, please contact Dr. Lew for permissions.

Web address for this page: http://freetobehappy.com/drlewdc/rehab/index.htm

Please direct all questions and comments to Dr. Lew makani.lew@palmer.edu

Dr. Lew's Palmer Class Notes homepage: http://freetobehappy.com/drlewdc/


Rehab instructors:  Rehab 1 lecture and lab: Dr. Lew           Rehab 2 lecture: Dr. Lew and Rehab 2 lab: Dr. Ho


Rehab 1 (7Q)

·         Rehab 1 (7Q) Syllabus (PDF) This is an old syllabus -5/11/2014 (current one is on Brightspace)

The Syllabus contains hyperlinks to videos, articles, and reference books.

·         Vocabulary Homework Sheet (PDF)

·         Study Guide for Rehab 1

·         Class Notes


Rehab 2 (10Q)

·         Rehab 2 (10Q) Syllabus (PDF) This is an old syllabus -5/11/2014 (current one is on Brightspace)

The Syllabus contains all hyperlinks to videos, articles, and reference books.

·         Vocabulary Homework Sheet (PDF) (same as rehab1)

·         Study Guide for Rehab 2

·         Class Notes + Lab Notes


For both Rehab 1 and Rehab 2 classes:

·         Dr Lew’s commentary on low back pain  (links to McGill Big 3 and other McGill resources)

·         Resources links (goes to outside blog maintained by Dr. Lew) Provides links to textbooks, videos, websites that are recommended or required for this class as well as for the best education of a chiropractor.

o    Books and Videos A hyperlinked booklist


Quick links: to Syllabus Info- for quick access to required and recommended videos, webpages, and articles


Office hours and contact information:

Dr. Makani Lew, B.S., D.C.

Email: lew_m@palmer.edu (or makani.lew@palmer.edu)

Office hours are by appointment- and need to be scheduled by email

Room 334; Tel: 408-944-6097

Open Lab: Weeks 2-9: Mondays + Wednesdays 9:30-10:20AM and Tuesdays 7:40-8:30AM 

Instructor web pages:

http://www.freetobehappy.com/drlewdc/  - link for this class for info (notes, sample test questions, articles, etc.)

http://freetofeelhealthy.blogspot.com/p/health-books-and-videos.html  - Provides QUICKLINKS to Amazon.com for books and videos as well as websites that are recommended or required for this class as well as for the best education of a chiropractor.


Required texts:           

Liebenson, C. Rehabilitation of the Spine : A Practitioner’s Manual, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2006

Required videos:

Liebenson, C. Rehabilitation of the Spine : A Practitioner’s Manual BONUS DVD Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2006 (This DVD accompanies the textbook and there is one copy available for short check out times in the library)

Video (1:42 min) Abdominal bracing by Dr. Liebenson http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKBD05xa7pQ

Video (1:18 min) Dying Bug + Respiration by Dr. Liebenson http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GtUBc-aVrN8

Video (0:36 min) Dead Bug–Wall Push by Chad Waterbury http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3mEC_d4GJaI

Video (4:10 min) Waterloo’s Dr. Spine, Stuart McGill http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=033ogPH6NNE

Video (0:46 min) Lumbar Shear Stability Test by Dr. Liebenson http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aw0I72rpiK4

(Note: the Lumbar Shear Stability Test is also known as Posterior Instability Test (PIT))


Required Reading beyond the textbook:

Links to these articles will be on the instructor’s webpage for students to download and read on their own.

  1. Stuart McGill: Low Back Stabilization http://www.acefitness.org/pdfs/LowBackStabilization.pdf
  2. Gray Cook: Function http://graycook.com/pdfs/function.pdf (a commentary)
  3. Gray Cook and Lee Burton: The Functional Movement Screen http://www.advanced-fitness-concepts.com/fms.pdf
  4. Makani Lew: Evidence in action: core stabilization for low-back pain. JACA March-April 2013 Lew_M_Core_Stabilization_for_Low-Back_Pain_MarchApril13_JACA.pdf

5.     Watson Tim, Soft Tissue Healing Review, 2011 http://www.electrotherapy.org/assets/Downloads/tissue%20repair%202012.pdf


Recommended texts:

  • Kisner C and Colby LA. Therapeutic Exercise: Foundations and Techniques (Therapeutic Exercise: Foundations & Techniques) (5th edition), 2007 This book is also available as a Kindle/Kindle App version. (USE THIS BOOK FOR YOUR REHAB VOCAB HOMEWORK)
  • Cook, Gray. Movement: Functional Movement Systems: Screening, Assessment, Corrective Strategies, 2011.

(The Kindle/Kindle App version of this book has links to many online articles in the appendix)

  • Page, Phillip.  Assessment and Treatment of Muscle Imbalance: The Janda Approach, 2009
  • Myers, T.  Anatomy Trains: Myofascial Meridians for Manual and Movement Therapists, 2e, 2008
  • Ellenbecker, T. Effective Functional Progressions in Sport Rehabilitation, 2009
  • National Academy of Sorts Medicine. NASM Essentials of Corrective Exercises, 2010- Book hardcover version comes with an access code to get the online version of the book as well as some practical lab activities.


Recommended videos:

  • Liebenson, C. Core Stability Training DVD, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2011
  • Liebenson, C. Functional Performance Training DVD, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2011


Recommended YouTube videos:


And for a little amusement:



Recommended other articles to read



  • On Rolling

Hoogenboom B, Voight M, Cook G, Gill L. Using Rolling to Develop Neuromuscular Control and Coordination of the Core and Extremities of Athletes. N Am J Sports Phys Therapy. 2009;4(2)70-82.


Recommended audio recordings:


Recommended websites:


Go Back to Dr. Lew's List of Classes

email: makani.lew@palmer.edu or lew_m@palmer.edu (either one should work)

Palmer Website: www.palmer.edu


NOTE: Most of the PDF files are password protected.


BROWSERS that are known to work with password protected PDF files:

PC computer: Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, Safari

Mac computer: Safari, Firefox

iPad: Safari can’t open password protected PDF files. But if you have a PDF application you can choose "open in" on the upper right corner of the webpage on Safari.

Android: Dolphin Browser


APPs that are known to be able to open password protected PDF files:

iPad: Good Reader (my favorite- best file manager and ability to write on, highlight, etc), PDF-Notes

Android: Quickoffice

page last modified 1/10/2016