Precision Muscular Mobilization: The Extremities

In this seminar, participants will examine different ways to assess muscular structures throughout the body and use various mobilization approaches to improve range of motion and function. In addition to the in-depth coverage of anatomy, function, clinical considerations for each muscle, in this class functional interrelationships (kinetic chains) are given time for discussion and understanding. We begin by discussing individual muscular function, but then in many ways more importantly, how they affect other areas of the body and how this can cause dysfunctional and painful disorders in disparate regions of the body. The muscular system overlooked by many; in this seminar we are trying to change that. This seminar will deepen your appreciation and understanding of anatomy in a very powerful way that will give greater context and meaning to your massage techniques as well. We will focus on approaches that can easily be integrated into massage practice, making it a wonderful addition to your practice.

There is a wonderful quote by Dr. Janet Travell- “Muscles are different from other tissues. When injured, bones knit; if the skin is cut or a joint capsule is torn, it heals; but when a muscle is injured, something else happens – it learns. It learns to protect that part, and it develops habits of guarding and splinting which limit motion, restrict circulation, and cause pain, stiffness and muscular dysfunction, especially weakness.”  In essence, if muscles “learn,” we should know how to “teach.”

Participants in this seminar will:

 * Learn when and how to apply precise muscular mobilizing techniques in a therapeutic setting.

* Learn multiple neurologically based principles of how muscular length and activity are controlled and modulated.

* Learn quick and easy functional tests to determine exactly which muscles to mobilize on each individual patient and the specific reasons why.

* Learn about the various forces and factors that affect muscular integrity and how to determine treatment outcomes based on easy to apply principles.

* Learn progressive self-mobilization movements to use on yourself or clients.

* Discover a much deeper sense of integrated functional anatomy

* Leave with a greater respect for this important and highly integrated system