There’s no question about the fact that, to do the skill is not that hard. Anybody can learn to manipulate, or mobilize, or do just about anything. I’ve always said you can teach most animals to do these things as well, but being able to determine who needs what and whether or not it’s safe to have that applied to them.

Bill Temes

The way we approach patients, and the way we think about them as a whole human being, and not just a tendinitis or a discal problem or whatever… we need to consider the whole individual, and treat the whole individual… and develop your expertise as best you can to be able to do that. I think manual therapy gives us the great opportunity to do that.

Bill Temes

You’ll know that you’ve really come a long way and developed a great deal of skill when you’ve been told by your patients that “you have very soft hands”. And whenever someone says that to me, I always think “I’ve come a long way!”

Bill Temes quoting David Lamb

Welcome to our latest podcast featuring Bill Temes! I first met Bill several years ago while taking a NAIOMT class he was instructing with my friend Kent Keyser. It was most certainly a wonderful time as Kent and Bill are good friends and teach well together, but also because of the knowledge and skill they possess. As you will hear, Bill is an instructor and examiner for NAIOMT (and has been for many years). He recently retired from direct patient care, but still mentors and teaches. This podcast is filled with some great wisdome and advice as you can tell from the quotes on this page, so listen and enjoy! Cheers!

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The more chronic the case, the more issues we have to be able to look at.

Bill Temes

The most important thing is to be able to see what’s in front of you. Be able to look at it. And I think, getting back to what we started with earlier, about gait. You can look at someone and get a pretty good idea what some of the biggest issues are. Just evaluating what they’re using to moving forward with, and a lot of people don’t move forward normally. You’ve got to be able to take that apart.

Bill Temes

Make sure you spend time listening to what you’re patients have to tell you, and don’t jump to conclusions about what you think you believe is the problem. The more you talk to them, the more you learn. The more you learn from them each time, the more it’s going to help them as far as being able to walk away much improved… I think we can’t spend enough time in the subjective, and I don’t mean just sitting and talking to them. Even as your continuing to work with somebody, keep asking questions and find out more about the individual themselves.

Bill Temes

Links of interest:

North American Institute of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy

Bill’s NAIOMT email –

Bill’s personal email –

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