Alleviating Piriformis Syndrome:

Course Description:
This highly-interactive course prepares practitioners to employ an array of effective soft tissue techniques to address one of the most common musculoskeletal complaints presented by clients.

We’ll discuss the causes and prevention of piriformis syndrome, review and palpate the relevant anatomy, and demonstrate/ practice assessment tests, and hands-on work that includes transverse friction, pin and stretch techniques, and isolytic contractions. 

8 contact hours    
75% hands-on

Participants need linens. Since work will be done through clothing, please wear or be prepared to change into pants/shorts made of thin material (like yoga pants, running shorts), no denim. Lubricants are not required. 

Addressing Upper Extremity Nerve Entrapment Syndromes

Course Description
Assessing and treating nerve entrapment conditions can be intimidating for massage therapists. This intensive seminar provides training in understanding and assessing possible nerve entrapment conditions and having the confidence to safely decide when massage interventions are appropriate, and when the client needs to be referred to another practitioner.

This course extensively reviews the major nerve pathways of the upper extremity, including the most common nerve entrapment sites for the brachial plexus, and the median, ulnar and radial nerve; reviews basic neural assessment tests, including Adson’s test for scalene and first rib involvement, Eden’s test for costoclavicular syndrome, Wright’s test for pectoralis minor syndrome, ulnar tunnel tests, and median nerve tests for pronator teres syndrome and carpal tunnel syndrome. Nerve glide assessments are used to enhance assessment of the median, ulnar, and radial nerve.

This seminar includes demonstration and extensive supervised practice in the application of effective soft-tissue interventions, including pin and stretch, transverse friction, and facilitated stretching, to help alleviate these conditions.

 At the end of this seminar, therapists will have the knowledge and practical experience necessary to identify, assess, and treat the most common entrapment syndromes of the upper extremity, leading to better treatment outcomes, happier clients, and a more profitable practice. 

8 contact hours    
75% hands-on

Participants should bring linens and pillows. Dress comfortably and/or bring something to be able change into like a tank top, sports bra, bikini top, etc. to expose the shoulder girdle (easily show the chest wall and axilla) for the practical portion of the class.