PREREQUISITE: IMMT Foundations
Many aspects of the thorax are often overlooked and underappreciated when it comes to manual therapy approaches. The thorax plays an important role in protecting structures like your heart and has vast neurovascular components. Its need to be free of restriction is vital to living pain free. This course will take a holistic approach to all the components of the thorax and delve deep into how it often can be the area of dysfunction driving pain in other parts of the body.
This two-day course will explore the anatomy of the thorax including the musculoskeletal components and touch on visceral components. We will look at how specific assessments and manual therapy approaches combined with movement can have tremendous results for your clients. The first day will focus on ensuring you have the tools to identify and treat areas of restriction using IMMT principles. The second day we will spend time working on how to integrate movement to ensure you empower your client to maintain, improve, and maximize the work you do with them. After this course you will feel empowered to tackle this complex area of the body and bring a whole new approach to your clients.
PREREQUISITE: Spine 1
Low back pain is one of the biggest reasons for activity limitation in the world. It is estimated that the lifetime prevalence for back pain ranges between 50-80% and that approximately 30% of people will experience a recurrence of low back pain within the first year. Exercise and manual therapy have shown to help improve pain and short term disability.
This two-day course starts to explore the anatomy of the lumbar spine, its biomechanics and how these structures integrate and compensate with the forces above and below it. The first day will focus more on assessment and treatment of the lumbar spine from a manual therapy perspective. Using the concepts of IMMT you will learn how to identify the regions which are causing the dysfunction and learn some manual therapy techniques to address them. The viscera and its effects on this region will be introduced and we will begin the journey of palpation and release through some of these structures.
The second day will be centered around integrating movement into your treatment plan based on where your assessment led you. Regardless of whether your client is needing acute local treatment or complex global movements, this course will give you effective tools for rehabilitation.
PREREQUSITE: Spine 2
Over 50% of adults report headaches or neck pain every year, making it one of the most prevalent issues that people seek treatment for. However, the majority of cases come back again, again and again, going on for years with no real understanding of the cause. Chronic head and neck issues like whiplash, concussions, migraines and “tight trap” can get some acute relief, but why do their symptoms keep coming back?
This two-day course will dive into the complexity of head and neck issues and give you powerful tools to have some significant impact on your clients right away. We will dive deep to understand the complex biomechanics on the neck, and to determine if it’s the “victim” or the “criminal” of their symptoms. We will highlight the most common joint and tissue dysfunctions we find and how to effectively and efficiently treat them. Then, we will tie it all back together, providing appropriate movement retraining based upon the neurodevelopmental approach to physical rehabilitation.
Lastly, we will introduce you to the world of cranial manipulation, an osteopathy concept that has been around for almost 100 years. We will dive into its theoretical concepts, scientific evidence for its use, it’s practical application, and the fundamental cranial techniques that every physical rehabilitation practitioner should know.