PREREQUISITE: IMMT Foundations
The feet are very complex structures that play a critical role in the way our body stabilizes during dynamic movement. The average person walks 4000 steps per day and the feet are the only body part in contact with the ground when we stand, walk, squat and lunge. They are responsible for vertical balance and locomotion and are arguably the most underappreciated and undertreated areas of the body since chronic injuries don’t become symptomatic until they are very advanced and difficult to reverse. The knees adjust the length of lower extremity and relay forces between hip and foot. It comes as a surprise to many that the knee is a crucial area of compensation that is typically the victim of impairments in the foot/ankle and rarely the primary problem unless it has sustained direct trauma.
This course will cover all relevant anatomy, physiology, biomechanics relating to the feet, ankles, lower extremities and knees and provide you with the ability to expertly assess and treat common injuries including ankle sprains, bunions, plantar fasciitis, shin splints, knee osteoarthritis, meniscus tears and knee ligament trauma. An impairment in the foot, lower extremity or knee will influence the rest of the body with a series of ascending compensations so you don’t want to miss this opportunity to master assessments, manual therapy techniques and functional integrations to scale up your clinical rehab game.
PREREQUISITE: Extremities 1
Our flexion dominant society and sedentary lifestyle has caused shoulder, arm, wrist and hand pain and dysfunction to become a common occurrence. Did you know that 50% of adults 60 years old and above with no shoulder pain or injury have rotator cuff tears that they aren’t even aware of? Trauma from car accidents, sporting injuries, a hard fall, repetitive stress such as typing on a computer or carrying a baby can cause a major burden on our health and well-being. It’s imperative that precise, efficient and lasting treatment are in your clinical wheelhouse. Attend this one of a kind course to learn how to find the root cause of pain or dysfunction by connecting the dots from an individual’s medical history and current lifestyle realities by assessing the position, mobility and interrelationships of the shoulder and upper extremities with other body regions.
In this workshop you will learn dozens of soft tissue techniques for the muscles, fascia and ligaments of the region and discover the 7 joint articulations that form the shoulder girdle, including: glenohumeral, subdeltoid, scapul-thoracic, acromio-clavicular, sterno-clavicular, sterno-chondral and costovertebral. A variety of different techniques will be covered and you will learn how to match them according to context. Four categories of shoulder impairments will be assessed and treated in a unique manner, and these include traumatic, degenerative, visceral referred pain and neurological injuries. Neurological injuries afflicting the upper extremities will be assessed using dermatomes, which refer to the area of skin innervated by the nerves from a single spinal root that indicate where the cause of pain is originating from. Master a series of functional range of motion tests and appreciate the value of myotomes by assessing voluntary muscle movements that help determine coordination and rule out a nerve root impairment. Anyone can massage and stretch a painful shoulder or prescribe a corrective exercise, but you can set yourself apart by learning to differentiate between a mobility impairment and a motor control deficiency so that you understand when a patient requires manual therapy and when they will benefit from movement and loading.