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Employment History

Clinical Educator In Physical Therapy
American Physical Therapy Association

Member, Pain Management Program
Nebraska Medicine

Physical Therapist
Nebraska Medicine

Adjunct Assistant Professor
UNMC's College of Medicine , School of Allied Health Professions in the Division of Physical Therapy Education


University of Nebraska Medical Center

Credentialed Clinical Educator

Education

bachelor's degree

University of Nebraska Medical Center

masters degree
health , physical education and recreation
University of Nebraska at Omaha



University of Nebraska Medical Center

master's degree
health , physical education and recreation
University of Nebraska at Omaha

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Staff Bios - Physical Therapy - The Nebraska Medical Center | Omaha, NE

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Joe Siracusano is a physical therapist who specializes in the treatment of persons with chronic pain disorders at The Nebraska Medical Center's Department of Pain Management in the Pain Management Program. Siracusano has worked at the University of Nebraska Medical Center's Pain Management Center since 1981 and continues to practice at The Nebraska Medical Center's Pain Management Program. He has been practicing as a licensed physical therapist since 1978. Siracusano was chosen to help organize a pain rehabilitation program in Pennsylvania during 1987. After graduating from the University of Nebraska Medical Center's (UNMC) Division of Physical Therapy Education in 1978 with a bachelor's degree, he went on to earn a masters degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in health, physical education and recreation in 1986.

Siracusano has been an adjunct assistant professor at UNMC's College of Medicine, School of Allied Health Professions in the Division of Physical Therapy Education since 1990. Also serving as a clinical educator in physical therapy since 1988, he has been a credentialed clinical educator by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) since 1999.
Siracusano has completed advanced training in craniosacral therapy, visceral manipulation, the mechanical link, nervous system manipulation and lymphatic drainage therapy. He often presents professional workshops and seminars on craniosacral therapy for physicians, nurses, physical therapists, physical therapist assistants and massage therapists. Siracusano has been involved in the training of University of Nebraska Medical Center Medical and Dental residents. He wrote one of the first articles published in a professional journal regarding physical therapy philosophies and exercise interventions in the treatment of chronic pain.


Physical Therapy - Staff Bios: The Nebraska Medical Center

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Joe Siracusano is a physical therapist who specializes in the treatment of persons with chronic pain disorders at The Nebraska Medical Center's Department of Pain Management in the Pain Management Program.Siracusano has worked at the University of Nebraska Medical Center's Pain Management Center since 1981 through the merger of University and Clarkson Hospitals and continues to practice at The Nebraska Medical Center's Pain Management Program to this date.Siracusano has been a licensed physical therapist since 1978.Siracusano was chosen to help organize a pain rehabilitation program in Pennsylvania during 1987.Siracusano graduated from the University of Nebraska Medical Center's (UNMC) Division of Physical Therapy Education in 1978 with a bachelor's degree and received a master's degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in health, physical education and recreation in 1986.

Siracusano has been an adjunct assistant professor at UNMC's College of Medicine, School of Allied Health Professions in the Division of Physical Therapy Education since 1990.Siracusano has been a clinical educator in physical therapy since 1988, and has been a credentialed clinical educator by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) since 1999 when credentials for clinical education were initiated by the APTA.
Siracusano has completed advanced training in craniosacral therapy, visceral manipulation and lymphatic drainage therapy.Siracusano has presented professional workshops and seminars on craniosacral therapy for physicians, nurses, physical therapists, physical therapist assistants and massage therapists.He wrote one of the first articles published in a professional journal regarding physical therapy philosophies and exercise interventions in the treatment of chronic pain.


Unique Program for Dealing with Pain - Health News - The Nebraska Medical Center

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According to physical therapist Joe Siracusano, skeptical feelings are not unusual at the start of the treatment.

"Many patients feel like they've seen every doctor and every physical therapist," Siracusano said. "By the time they come here, they may feel like they've tried everything."
Siracusano uses a variety of hands-on techniques to treat patients; massage, stretching and strength training. During those physical therapy sessions, he also finds himself lending emotional support, just as the rest of the treatment team does.


cranio-sacral therapy - omaha's heartland healing center

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Joe Siracusano is associate professor and physical therapist at University of Nebraska Medical Center.He uses Cranio-sacral therapy in his work.In a previous Heartland Healing interview, he noted that it be not surprising that an osteopath discovered this system.An osteopathic doctor's training is exactly the same as an M.D.'s with additional training in manipulative medicine, Siracusano said.Manipulative medicine is the movement of the body systems like the muscle system or skeletal system, like chiropractic.Sutherland found that the skull bones move with each pulse cycle.We now have research that shows it is about 2 to 3 mm each pulse.

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At the UNMC Pain Center, Siracusano mainly uses C-S therapy to alleviate chronic pain but notes there are more uses.It is also used to address central nervous system disorders, brain injury, birth defects, tempero-mandibular jaw (TMJ) problems, lower back problems, digestive ailments and headache, said Siracusano.
The mind/body thingThe scope of application expands through the use of the somato-emotional mind/body connection, Siracusano continued.The process used by the practitioner is a very light touching with the hands to the skull, only about 5 to 10 grams' pressure..But this touch actually contacts the central nervous system because of a fact of anatomy.The skin tissue develops from the same embryonic cells as the central nervous system (CNS.) Therefore the therapist is in communication directly with the CNS and there [ can be ] a kind of touch-induced therapeutic trance.'.This means a lot of things.
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Anyone licensed to touch can use cranio-sacral, said Siracusano.That would include physical therapists, nurses, doctors, massage therapists, chiropractors and such..

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