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*This course is a prerequisite to the IMMT System for: acupuncturists, kinesiologists, medical doctors, personal trainers, occupational therapists, and traditional Chinese medicine doctors.

Course Description

The hand contains 48 named nerves, 24 of which are sensory nerves. Our hands hold the ability to detect changes in temperature, tone and texture. Despite the plethora of information, we can discern from our hands, an effective palpation is an underutilized tool. In this age of evidence-based treatment, we have seen a shift away from manual therapy. Research has given us a clear idea of what we can accurately interpret with our hands and how this can integrate with assessment, treatment and re-evaluation.


This two-day course provides an introduction to the art and science of palpation and is designed for health practitioners interested in entering the IMMT education stream who don’t have hands-on or manual therapy experience.  We will explore the many forms of palpation: layer palpation, palpation through range and palpation through oscillation. Through guided labs, we will help participants start to build a mental map of touch that allows them to more effectively interpret the plethora of information that their hands are perceiving. Once we have established these core foundations we will then start to move through the areas of the body and discover how palpation seamlessly integrates with assessment, treatment and re-evaluation. In each lab, a manual therapy concept will be introduced so by the end of the course, participants will come away with new tools to integrate into their practice and a clear understanding of the scope and role palpation can have within their practice.

What You Will Learn


Develop your sense of palpation to aid in your assessment and treatment of biomechanical issues.


Using different palpation tools to help identify key problem area's of your client.


How to use palpation to help develop an even more tailored exercise prescription for your clients.


Better assess range of motion (ROM) end feels so you can provide the right intervention.


Understand the difference between restrictions vs. "blocks", a key to finding the driver of dysfunction.


The ability to blend the worlds of manual therapy and movement so you can provide effective and long lasting results.

Course Objectives

  • The science and art of palpation

  • The role and scope of palpation in an evidence-based culture 

  • The importance of palpation for physical rehabilitation

  • Have a framework to start interpreting what lies beneath your hands

  • Finding key anatomical points to landmark for successful assessment and intervention

  • Be able to use palpation during your movement assessments

  • How to differentiate major blocks vs. minor restrictions, and what it means for treatment effectiveness

  • How to incorporate various interventions to successfully address biomechanical issues

  • Establish a foundation allowing for further development of manual assessment and interventions

  • Apply the concepts learned to clinical experiences to further help your tougher clients

Course Outline

Day 1

  • Overview of the rationale for needing both manual therapy and movement within rehabilitation

  • Holistic health and how we fit into client-driven care

  • What science tells us about palpation and what we can reliably discern from it

  • Palpation Lab: Learning through comparison

  • Principles of effective palpation

  • Signs of dysfunction and how we pick them up clinically

  • Palpation Lab: Layer palpation

  • Palpation Lab: Palpation through oscillation

  • Palpation Lab: Palpation through passive range of motion (PROM)

  • Palpation Lab: Palpation during a movement assessment

  • Lab: Ankle
       Guided palpation 
       Talocrural glide assessment
       Using movement: Palpation to reassess

  • Lab: Hip & pelvis
       Guided palpation of hip
       Hip PROM assessment and exploring end feels
       Restoring motion through fascial techniques
       Guided palpation of Ilium
       Muscle energy techniques (MET) and how to apply them
       Using movement: Palpation to reassess

Day 2

  • Lab: Lumbar spine
       Guided palpation
       Assessing dissociation between the thorax and lumbar spine
       Restoring dissociation
       Using movement: Palpation to reassess

  • Lab: Thoracic spine
       Guided Palpation
       Assessing rebounding centrally and laterally
       Restoring Passive movement
       Using movement: Palpation to reassess

  • Lab: Glenohumeral joint
       Guided Palpation
       Assessing active range of motion (AROM) incorporating palpation
       Assessing PROM
       Restoring global AROM
       Using movement: Palpation to reassess

  • Lab: Cervical spine
       Guided Palpation
       Assessing AROM incorporating palpation
       Assessing PROM
       Restoring PROM
       Using movement: Palpation to reassess

  • Integration: Seamlessly layering palpation into your practice

Ready To Elevate Your Assessment Skills?

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