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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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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