PNMT Course Descriptions: Low Back and Thoracic Region 


PNMT FOR THE LOW BACK

The numbers are staggering; the suffering and economic cost of lower back pain is enormous. Low back pain is consistently in the top three reasons people seek medical care and the numbers are growing. It is our experience that highly precise soft-tissue therapy has an important role to play in the treatment of low back pain. In the PNMT Low Back seminar, you will learn how to efficiently evaluate and treat people with various types of back pain involving the lumbar spine, clearly identifying the anatomical landmarks necessary for great palpation, addressing the relevant soft tissue structures, and reviewing how these soft tissue restrictions are tied to movement and everyday complaints. In addition to learning amazingly effective treatment techniques, we make sure you leave with a deep model of understanding the “why” behind the “how”.  

If a therapist is going to treat LBP, the most important task is to have a deep model of understanding of back pain, more important than learning techniques to apply to something not well understood. In the PNMT for the Low Back and Thoracic Spine seminar, participants will address fundamental issues such as red flags for treatment, how to identify neural issues, how to assess whether the source of LBP is instability or hypomobility and so much more. Participants in this seminar will learn to assess the spine in multiple movement planes (flexion, extension, lateral flexion, rotation) and correlate muscular treatments with movement restrictions. Rather than memorize one-size-fits-nobody routines, emphasis is on problem solving skills and clinical reasoning. PNMT is not a modality; it is an approach to soft-tissue therapy that is highly analytic and science based, but uses those skills to artistically create a wonderful treatment experience for the client. 


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PNMT FOR THE THORACIC SPINE

In the PNMT Thoracic Spine seminar, you will learn how to efficiently evaluate and treat people with various types of back pain involving the lumbar and thoracic area. In order to accomplish this, you will learn to clearly identify the anatomical landmarks necessary for great palpation, identify and address the correct soft tissue structures, and review how these soft tissue restrictions are tied to movement and everyday complaints. In addition to learning amazingly effective treatment techniques, we make sure you leave with a deep model of understanding the “why” behind the “how”.  

The thoracic spine may very well be the unsung hero of the human body. While the low back and neck get all the attention and treatment, the thoracic spine plays an enormous role in the health of both. Lack of mobility in the thoracic spine typically goes unnoticed. Unfortunately, when the thoracic spine has restricted movement, the low back often tries to make up the difference. This quite often leads to pain in the low back. Treatment on the low back will ultimately fail, since the low back is doing too much, since the thoracic spine is doing too little. There are many possible causes of pain in the thoracic area, many of them respond very well to precise manual treatment. The difference between success and failure is quite often the skill level of the therapist. Our goal is to help you attain the skill level needed to effectively problem solve your way through commonly presented pain syndromes of the mid-back.


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