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Cervical and Upper Extremity - Orthopedic Assessment and Treatment.

Module 14

Instructor: Mike Dixon RMT
Instructional time: 14.5 hours
Duration: 2 days
CEC: 14.5
Instructor/student ratio: 20 to one
Course booklet/Notes will be provided
Time distribution Practical vs. lecture: 70/30 percent

Course description:

This course was designed to give the participants an excellent understanding and review of orthopedic assessments and treatment protocols for the Cervical spine and upper extremity region. Review of Anatomy, kinesiology and common musculoskeletal conditions will be presented and reviewed.

Cervical spine and upper extremity dysfunctions are commonly seen by massage therapist and often some of the most difficult conditions to affect positive outcomes. For example ever wondered how you could effectively treat cervical spinal stenosis, thoracic outlet syndrome, medial, lateral epicondylitis and carpal tunnel syndrome? Treatment techniques for these dysfunctions will be taught and explored with the group. Treatment techniques such as, joint play mobilizations (glides), tractions, nerve stretches/glides, end-range loading, muscle energy, contractile myofascial release, direct and indirect long and short lever mobilizations and proper use of a treatment/mobilization belt will be demonstrated and discussed.

The course will be held over 2 days with 14.5 hours of instructional classroom time. The participants will have adequate time to practice the techniques demonstrated.

  • Participants to please bring: Sheets, and comfortable clothing.
  • Instructor to provide, course notes, certificates, and mobilization belts

Course Outline and Objectives:

By the end of the course the participant should be able to/develop …

  1. Discuss the anatomy and kinesiology of the Cervical spine, upper extremity and contraindications for various techniques.
  2. Perform an orthopedic assessment and special tests for the shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand.
  3. Perform joint mobilization techniques on the shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand.
  4. Perform traction mobilizations to the joints of the upper extremities.
  5. Perform nerve mobilization for the Ulnar, Median and Radial nerves.
  6. Perform contractile myofascial release (ART) and muscle testing to the muscles of the rotator cuff.
  7. Perform dynamic stretching techniques for the muscles of the upper extremities.
  8. Perform end-range loading techniques for the nerves, muscle, ligaments, Fascia and bones to the upper extremities and Cervical spine
  9. Perform stretching techniques for the muscles of the forearms.
  10. Perform stretching and End Range Loading techniques on the compartments of the forearm. (anterior, posterior)
  11.  Critical thinking skills used in case study management of musculoskeletal conditions of the cervical spine and upper extremities (case studies)

Note: When ever possible, patients/clients/therapists with real conditions will be treated in the demonstrations.

Late cancellation subject to administration fee of $100. No refunds less than 24 hours prior to the course.


You will learn the following as well as more in this course.

Cervical nerve root stretching

Posterior glide of head on neck

Sitting thoracic extension

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Hip and Pelvis - Orthopedic Assessment and Treatment.

Instructor: Mike Dixon RMT
Instructional time: 14.5 hours
Duration: 2 days
CEC: 14.5
Instructor/student ratio: 20 to one
Course booklet/Notes will be provided
Time distribution Practical vs. lecture: 70/25 percent

Course description:

This course was designed to give the participants an excellent understanding and review of orthopedic assessments and treatment protocols for the Hip, Pelvis and sacroiliac joints. Review of Anatomy, kinesiology and common musculoskeletal conditions will be presented and reviewed.

Hip and sacroiliac pain and dysfunction is one of the most common conditions seen by massage therapist and often one of the most difficult conditions to affect positive outcomes. Treatment techniques for these dysfunctions will be taught and explored with the group. Treatment techniques such as, joint play mobilizations (glides), tractions, nerve stretches/glides, end-range loading, muscle energy, contractile myofascial release, direct and indirect long and short lever mobilizations and proper use of a treatment/mobilization belt will be demonstrated and discussed.

The course will be held over 2 days with 14.5 hours of instructional classroom time. The participants will have adequate time to practice the techniques demonstrated.

  • Participants to please bring: Sheets, and comfortable clothing.
  • Instructor to provide, course notes, certificates, and mobilization belts

"Hip and Pelvis- Orthopedic Assessment and Treatment"

Course Outline and Objectives

By the end of the course the participant should be able to …….

  1. Discuss the anatomy and kinesiology of the pelvis and hip joint.
  2. Perform an orthopedic assessment and special tests for the hip and pelvis
  3. Perform joint mobilization techniques on the hip and sacroiliac joints
  4. Perform traction mobilizations to the hip joint.
  5. Perform muscle energy techniques for Pelvic rotations via Sacroiliac Joint
  6. Correctly use a mobilization strap for the hip and SI joints to increase range of motion
  7. Perform nerve mobilization for the femoral and Sciatic nerves.
  8. Perform stretching and contractile myofascial release (ART) to the external rotators of the hip joint.
  9. Perform stretching techniques for the hip flexors and extensors, abductors, adductors, iliotibial band
  10.  Perform end-range loading techniques for the nerves, muscle,       ligaments, tendons of the soft tissues of the pelvis.
  11.  Perform corrective mobilization for the symphysis pubis joint

Late cancellation subject to administration fee of $100. No refunds less than 24 hours prior to the course.


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LUMBAR AND THORACIC SPINE AND RIB CAGE BALANCING

Lumbar and Thoracic Spine and Rib Cage Balancing

Instructor: Mike Dixon RMT
Instructional time: 14.5 hours
Duration: 2 days
CMT CECs: 14 PE/2
Instructor/student ratio: 20 to one
Course booklet/Notes will be provided
Time distribution Practical vs. lecture: 70/30

Course description:
This course is designed to address methods of assessment and treatment for the thoracic spine and rib cage dysfunctions and pathologies.

The participant will learn effective treatment techniques for: Postural Strain, Gastroesphogeal Reflux Disease (GERD), Hyperkyphosis, Scoliosis, Winging Scapula, Rib subluxations, Depressed rib dysfunctions, Dural Strain, MVA Seat Belt Injuries, Vertebral rotations/Subluxations and general conditions like relative capsular fibrosis.
The thoracic spine and rib cage is a complex structure with many moving parts. It is a structured to protect many organs, like our heart and lungs but also provide support to our musculoskeletal systems.  In this course we will take an in depth look into what can happen to this structure and organs that lie within, and what a Massage Therapist approach to effective treatment can look like.

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Thoracic Spine and Rib Cage Balancing

Thoracic Spine and Rib Cage Balancing

Instructor: Mike Dixon RMT
Instructional time: 14.5 hours
Duration: 2 days
CEC: 14 available/pending
Instructor/student ratio: 20 to one
Course booklet/Notes will be provided
Time distribution Practical vs. lecture: 70/30 percent

Course description:
  This course is designed to address methods of assessment and treatment for the thoracic
spine and rib cage dysfunctions and pathologies.
The participant will learn effective treatment techniques for: Postural Strain,
Gastroesphogeal Reflux Disease (GERD), Hyperkyphosis, Scoliosis, Winging Scapula, Rib subluxations, Depressed rib dysfunctions, Dural Strain, MVA Seat Belt Injuries, Vertebral rotations/Subluxations and general conditions like relative capsular fibrosis.
The thoracic spine and rib cage is a complex structure with many moving parts. It is a structured to protect many organs, like our heart and lungs but also provide support to our musculoskeletal systems.  In this course we will take an in depth look into what can happen to this structure and organs that lie within, and what a Massage Therapist approach to effective treatment can look like.

Late cancellation subject to administration fee of $100. No refunds less than 24 hours prior to the course.

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A STRUCTURAL APPROACH TO CRANIAL

A Structural Approach to Cranial

Instructor: Mike Dixon RMT
Instructional time: 14.5 hours
Duration: 2 days
Instructor/student ratio: 20 to one
Course booklet/Notes will be provided
Time distribution Practical vs. lecture: 70/30 percent

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CERVICAL MUSCLE ENERGY

Cervical Muscle Energy

Instructor: Mike Dixon RMT
Instructional time: 14.5 hours
Duration: 2 days
Instructor/student ratio: 20 to one
Course booklet/Notes will be provided
Time distribution Practical vs. lecture: 70/30 percent

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CERVICAL, UPPER THORACIC AND CLAVICULAR BALANCING (Module 4)

Cervical, Upper Thoracic and Clavicular Balancing (Module 4)

Instructor: Mike Dixon RMT
Instructional time: 14.5 hours
Duration: 2 days
Instructor/student ratio: 20 to one
Course booklet/Notes will be provided
Time distribution Practical vs. lecture: 70/30 percent

Course description:
This course is designed to give the therapist an excellent understanding of common dysfunctions leading to positional faults of the cervical, upper thoracic and clavicular regions. Learn how to correctly assess and treat for restrictions and positional faults of the cervical, clavicular and upper thoracic regions including ribs 1 and 2. Patients suffering from chronic whiplash injuries, cervical and radiating pain, thoracic outlet syndrome, and headaches, are just a few of the indications for this type of treatment.
Treatment techniques such as Muscle Energy, Tractions, Translation, Nerve mobilizations, direct and indirect mobilizations will be shown.
14 CEC

Instructors: Mike Dixon

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JOINT AND NERVE MOBILIZATION

Joint and Nerve Mobilization

Instructor: Mike Dixon RMT
Instructional time: 14.5 hours
Duration: 2 days
Instructor/student ratio: 20 to one
Course booklet/Notes will be provided
Time distribution Practical vs. lecture: 70/30 percent

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LUMBAR AND SACRAL BALANCING

Lumbar and Sacral Balancing

Instructor: Mike Dixon RMT
Instructional time: 14.5 hours
Duration: 2 days
Instructor/student ratio: 20 to one
Course booklet/Notes will be provided
Time distribution Practical vs. lecture: 70/30 percent

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LUMBAR SPINE and SACROILIAC JOINTS, ORTHOPEDIC ASSESSMENT and TREATMENT

Lumbar Spine and Sacroiliac Joints
Orthopedic Assessment and Treatment

Instructor: Mike Dixon RMT
Instructional time: 14.5 hours
Duration: 2 days
Instructor/student ratio: 20 to one
Course booklet/Notes will be provided
Time distribution Practical vs. lecture: 70/30 percent

Course description:
This course was designed to give the participants an excellent understanding and review of orthopedic assessments and treatment protocols for the lumbar spine and sacroiliac joints. Review of Anatomy, kinesiology and common musculoskeletal conditions will be presented and reviewed.

Sciatica is one of the most common conditions seen by massage therapist and often one of the most difficult conditions to affect positive outcomes. A treatment protocol for this condition will be taught and explored with the group. Treatment techniques such as, joint play mobilizations (glides), tractions, nerve stretches/glides, dural mobilizations, muscle energy, contractile myofascial release, direct and indirect long and short lever mobilizations will be demonstrated and discussed. Stabilization exercises for the pelvis, lumbar spine and the body's core will also be explored.

The course will be held over 2 days with 14.5 hours of instructional classroom time. The participants will have adequate time to practice the techniques demonstrated.

  • Participants to please bring: Sheets, and comfortable clothing. If available, bring reflex hammers and soft tape measures.

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of the course the participant should be able to…

  • Discuss the anatomy and kinesiology of the lumbar spine and sacroiliac joints.
  • Discuss treatment protocols for disc, facet and dural lesions
  • Discuss treatment protocols for treating sciatica
  • Perform orthopedic testing to confirm sciatica and sacroiliac dysfunctions.
  • Perform a lower lumbar and lower extremity neurological exam to include reflexes.
  • Perform lumbosacral decompression techniques
  • Perform muscle energy techniques for anterior and posterior ilia rotations
  • Perform joint play/glide mobilizations for the lumbar facets and sacroiliac joints
  • Perform affective stretching techniques for the lumbar spine and pelvis
  •  Affectively assess and treat bulging/ prolapse discs or disc herniations.
  • Affectively assess and treat sciatica and nerve root compression syndromes.
  • Affectively assess and treat sacroiliac dysfunctions
  • Perform nerve stretches for the sciatic and femoral nerves
  • Perform dural mobilizations and glides
  • Perform contractile myofascial techniques for the lumbar spine and hip flexors
  • Provide patient stabilization exercises for the lumbar spine, core and pelvis
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MUSCLE ENERGY FOR THE CERVICAL SPINE AND PELVIS

Muscle Energy for the Cervical Spine and Pelvis

Instructor: Mike Dixon RMT
Instructional time: 14.5 hours
Duration: 2 days
Instructor/student ratio: 20 to one
Course booklet/Notes will be provided
Time distribution Practical vs. lecture: 70/30 percent

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PELVIC AND SACRAL BALANCING

Pelvic and Sacral Balancing

Instructor: Mike Dixon RMT
Instructional time: 14.5 hours
Duration: 2 days
Instructor/student ratio: 20 to one
Course booklet/Notes will be provided
Time distribution Practical vs. lecture: 70/30 percent

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POSITIONAL RELEASE

Positional Release

Instructor: Mike Dixon RMT
Instructional time: 14.5 hours
Duration: 2 days
Instructor/student ratio: 20 to one
Course booklet/Notes will be provided
Time distribution Practical vs. lecture: 70/30 percent

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SCAPULAR AND UPPER EXTREMITY BALANCING

Scapular and Upper Extremity Balancing

Instructor: Mike Dixon RMT
Instructional time: 14.5 hours
Duration: 2 days
Instructor/student ratio: 20 to one
Course booklet/Notes will be provided
Time distribution Practical vs. lecture: 70/30 percent

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