Yesterday, we completed Manual Therapy for the Cranium, part 2. We had a blast. So many great treatment ideas for diagnoses like migraines, tension headaches, ear pain and TMJ.
Treatments for the lumbar spine and sacrum are so important when helping our patients who complain of low back pain. This class is the first of a 4 - part series, geared to show our students how to find the problems causing our patients pain.
In this class, we were really able to fine tune our palpation skills to find restrictions in the lumbar spine and sacrum. We were also able to correct these restrictions, both in the "class demonstration" scenario and how it might be in a real work situation. The real life scenarios added a fun dimension to the learning process.
We had such a good time working with everyone on Friday! The level of learning was quite impressive. We hope you were able to apply your newly learned skills right away. If you were, let us know how it went!
So many people complain of back pain today. Manual Therapy for the Lumbar Spine & Pelvis offers us a great set of tools to treat it. The pelvis can be quite tricky to figure out, especially the sacrum. One of the main goals of this class is to take the guess work out of finding and treating flexion and extension restrictions of the spine, as well as torsions of the sacrum and obliquities in the pelvis. We were so fortunate to be able to travel to Plattsburgh, NY for this class. We hope to be able to return again soon! For those of you who were able to join us, let us know what muscle energy techniques you were able to implement into you practice and how you made out.
Manual therapy for the Cervical Spine, Thoracic Spine and Ribs is one of my favorite classes. I especially love evaluation and treatment for the ribs. When a rib dysfunction is present, it can cause so many unsuspecting problems. So many different muscles attach to the ribs in one way or another and because of this, determining the originating location for the pain can be illusive and frustrating. The muscle energy techniques that we learned in this class are so useful and the resulting structural changes can be quite dramatic. Let us know what you think! What impact have the treatment techniques had on your practice?
We just completed our first class of the fall semester! I was so proud of everyone who participated. It was such an honor to watch everyone's confidence soar. Manual therapy can feel pretty overwhelming. It can be hard to wrap one's head around the concept that structures can actually be palpated beneath the skin. It can also be quite a challenge to our mindsets; to not power past the will of the body. We have to remember that, to the body, we are invited guests bringing gifts of healing. We might think our gifts are perfect, but the body may not. Learning to respect the tissues and offering just the right amount treatment will result in happiness and success all around.
To everyone who participated, you now have the task of figuring out how to put your new tools into practice. This can be scary! We learned a lot yesterday. I would like to offer this space as an opportunity to stay connected. I would love for you to share your successes and Aha moments. Let's talk about the things that didn't go quite right. We can also clarify how do do certain techniques.
I look forward to hearing from you!