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Special Orthopedic Tests and Clinical Significance. Part 1


Instructor: Mike Dixon RMT
Instructional time:
CMTBC Credits: None
Date: Recorded June 21, 2021

Course description:

The development of this course was initiated due to a group of registered massage therapists requesting to review basic assessments and orthopedic special tests that can be easily incorporated in a massage therapy treatment session.

After many years of teaching orthopedics in the classroom, and incorporating these skills in the clinic setting, I have developed quick and easy assessment methods which I will be sharing with the group. During the course, I will be bringing in patients with real orthopedic conditions to demonstrate the assessment and special tests to confirm the suspected conditions.

This course is not a repeat of what is taught at the college level, as often the assessments taught take a long time to perform and therefore are not often utilized by RMTs in the clinic setting.

We also will explore why we are doing these assessments and testing procedures and what are the stumbling blocks for registered massage therapists or other health care professionals.

Learning outcomes:

  1. the ‘why’ and ‘how’ of doing assessment.
  2. the RMT stumbling blocks for patient assessments.
  3. perform a quick and easy orthopedic assessment.
  4. formulate a treatment plan, based on the assessment.
  5. have fun while you learn (I hope I can make you laugh at least once!!)

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Advanced Assessment and Treatment of Sciatica and Disc Injuries


Instructor: Mike Dixon RMT
Instructional time: 4 hours
CMTBC Credits: Pending
Date: June 13th 9:30 - 1:30

Course description:

This course is to give the participant the opportunity to learn how to assess and treat patients who may have sciatica and or disc injuries in the lumbar spine. The instructor will bring in patients' who have active sciatica and or patients who have had active sciatica/disc injuries for case specific examples of assessment and treatment.

A neurological exam such as Dermatomes, Myotomes, and reflexes will be taught along with neurodynamic special tests to confirm or rule out sciatica.

Treatment techniques such as nerve tensioning, end range loading, and muscle energy techniques will be taught and shown live. Extension protocols will also be shown and discussed in the form of treatment and homecare exercises.

Learning Outcomes:

The participant will have the opportunity to learn how to…

  1. conduct an effective interview with a patient sciatica or disc Injury.
  2. perform a comprehensive assessment including a neurological exam to confirm or rule out sciatica or disc related injuries.
  3. perform nerve tensioning techniques for the sciatic nerve.
  4. perform end range loading for the discs of the lumbar spine.
  5. perform extension protocols for treatment of the discs in the lumbar spine.
  6. prescribe remedial exercises based on the McKenzie protocols for managing disc related injuries and neurodynamic homecare exercises.

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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
Time distribution Practical vs. lecture: 70/25 percent

Course description:

Course booklet/Notes will be provided

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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Thoracic Spine and Rib Cage -Joint Mobilizations, MET and End-Range Loading


Instructor: Mike Dixon RMT
Instructional time: 14 hours
Duration: 2 days
CMTBC Credits: PE CEC's
Instructor/student ratio: 20 to one
Time distribution Practical vs. lecture: 75/25 percent

Course description:

This course is designed to address methods of assessment, treatment and remedial exercises for the thoracic spine, rib cage for dysfunctions, and related pathologies.

The participant will learn effective treatment techniques for: Postural Strain, Gastro Esphogeal Reflux Disease (GERD), Hyper-kyphosis, Functional and Structural 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 are 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 effective ways to treat the rib cage and thoracic spine with stretching (end-range loading), joint mobilizations, muscle energy techniques, and Mckenzie extension protocols to treat disc and joint related pathologies. Postural corrections exercises will be discussed and demonstrated.

This course provides Massage Therapist effective treatment, remedial exercises methods, and techniques that are well within our scope of practice.

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Massage Therapy Course Reviews

  • Wonderful clear instruction and demos. I know this will help my practice. Thank you! Peter Maharajh Oct 2020

  • Your workshops are my favourite one, with quick results Michele Smith Oct 2020

  • Ive been using the straps in practice for 2 years and it adds depth to my toolbox and value to my clients Richardo Ameerali

  • Thank you Mike! I received great value from your course. I came in wanting to learn about the wrist and feet, but you provided so much more.Melissa Smith RMT

  • Thank you for inspiring me. I am blown away by how talented yet humble you are. You are a great teacher too.Janet Lee RMT

  • These Techniques can save RMT's a lot of energy and improve their biomechanics = longer careers; very effective with only a couple minutes. ThanksClavia RMT

  • Excellent review of regional anatomy, especially liked the personal attention & principle based approach. Will Wendowsky RMT

  • I attended Mike's course on "Thoracic and Lumbar Balancing" in October 2010. The course provided an excellent review of arthrokinetic modalities, assessment and orthopaedic pathologies, as well as a 'set of fresh eyes' when addressing thoracic and lumbar dysfunction. The course combined various active and passive modalities, such as joint mobilization, muscle energy technique, neuromobilization and fascial release to recreate spinal balancing. The weekend was high energy, fun and provided lots of opportunity to practise hands on. What I liked best about the course was that it relayed concepts and multi-dimensional treatment approaches rather than teach a specific 'technique'. As a runner, the success of the course was best reflected in the feeling of having 'an additional set of lungs' after a weekend of practising with Mike.Eli Klaus RMT