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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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Massage Therapy Course Reviews

  • Just wanted to thank you again for your courses last weekend. You are such an awesome and passionate teacher and I really appreciate how excited you are to share your knowledge. I learned so much and am so excited to try this stuff on my clients.Jessica Hutson

  • 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