John Gibbons

Anatomy & Pathology of the Shoulder Complex

John Gibbons will discuss the functional anatomy of the shoulder complex, which includes common conditions and he will also discuss some visceral pathologies that can present itself with a referral pattern to the region of the shoulder.

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  Whitney Lowe

What's True and Why Does it Matter?

Current research findings have prompted major paradigm shifts in the massage therapy world. These paradigm shifts bring up critical questions for practitioners such as:

  • How current pain science models may change our treatment approaches?
  • What is the role of fascia and can we affect it with manual therapy?
  • What is happening physiologically with our treatment techniques?

In this presentation Whitney will explore many of the current topics that massage therapists grapple with when trying to understand how best to incorporate new research findings into clinical practice to best help their clients.

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  Ruth Werner

Chronic Pain and Massage

Chronic pain conditions like fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome and others can be challenging to treat, and even more challenging to live with, especially when they involve central sensitisation. Understanding the mechanisms behind the pain experience can help massage therapists find a way to improve the quality of life for clients who struggle with these challenging, and often invisible conditions.

Join Ruth Werner, author of A Massage Therapist’s Guide to Pathology, for a lively discussion of the issue of chronic pain, and the massage therapist’s role in turning down the volume.

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  Robert Libby

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Ligamentous Injuries: What You Need to Know to Help Your Patients

Ligamentous injuries present to your clinic on a daily basis. Although you may easily recognise them in your typical sprained ankle cases, you may not be aware of just how much more common they occur and how long it takes to manage/recuperate from them.

This course is designed to enhance your competence and confidence in understanding and treating injuries to the ligamentous joint tissues system. Having a better understanding of their role will help the clinician understand how to treat and rehab their patients more effectively.

In this presentation, we will review the research documenting how ligamentous injuries happen, how they heal and how they contribute to pain, dysfunction and a decreased quality of life of our patients.

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  James Waslaski

 

Manual Therapy to Eliminate Multiple Nerve Compression Patterns of the Lower Body

State of the art anatomy and nerve graphics will allow manual therapists to look inside the human body. The Weber-Barstow Manoeuvre, and Supine to Sits Test will evaluate for functional versus anatomical leg length discrepancies. Pelvic stabilisation will use positional release, muscle energy techniques, and muscle balancing protocols to address sacral torsion patterns, iliosacral upslips, joint capsular patterns, femoral nerve compression, and normal muscle firing patterns. Therapists will level the sacral base, and release the Sacrotuberous ligament for sciatic nerve pain. The Straight Leg Test and Braggard's Test will identify L5/SI bulges or herniated discs. The Slump Test will identify hamstring strains or adductor strains that scar down the Sciatic Nerve. Tibial Torsions and Fixated Fibular Head Conditions will be corrected, by releasing the biceps femoris muscle, to address the Tibial and Fibular Nerve Entrapments. Manual therapists will also evaluate and release Tarsal Tunnel and Morton's Neuroma. Home care retraining will include nerve glides and nerve tensioning protocols.

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  Catherine Ryan and Cal Cates

Lunch Session

Join international hosts Cathy Ryan (RMT), and Cal Cates (LMT), from Massage Therapy without Borders and Interdisciplinary, for an interactive lunchtime session.

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