Topics - Massage Therapy Winter Symposium 2014

Listed in chronological order.

"Where It Is, It Ain't" - Successfully Treating Lower Back Pain

Eric Stephenson, LMT, NCTMB
Experts estimate that as many as 80% of us will experience a back problem at some time in our lives. Define the many competing forces that pull on the pelvis and how they contribute to lower back pain. With a detailed anatomy review, discover how the pain is often at a distant point from the problem.

Cadaver Work: A Visual Tour

Kim Swineheart, DC
Observe Dr. Swineheart dissect a cadaver in the auditorium and be able to ask questions via our close circuit camera and microphone. She will skillfully unravel the layers of the body so you can visually understand the specific tissues you work on to help your clients manage their low back pain.

Optional Cadaver Lab

Kim Swineheart, DC
In the gross anatomy lab, view Dr. Swineheart exploring the tissue up close and in detail. The intimate setting allows you to ask specific questions and participate in discussions with your peers and the instructor.

Medications: Keeping Current with the Cultural Trends

Kashif Ahmad, MBBS, MSc, MS, PhD
Understand the side effects of common prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications and supplements often prescribed to address low back pain and its symptoms. Learn suggested precautions and contraindications when treating patients in your practice. Participate in interactive discussions about the top 10 ten medications in the marketplace and how they can affect massage therapy treatments.

Hands-on Technique Workshop Day 1 and 2: Low Back Pain

Eric Stephenson, LMT, NCTMB
Defining a Posterior/Anterior Tilt of the pelvis, address musculature to include: quadratus lumborum, iliopsoas, rectus femoris, plantar fascia, the hamstrings and more. Learn deep tissue techniques and stretching exercises to implement immediately into your practice.

Low Back Pain: Current Understanding of Pain Generation in the Lumbosacral Spine

Mary Tuchscherer, PhD, DC
The literature has matured over the past 10 years in terms of giving us better information about what structures are capable of generating signals recognized as pain. Review the neurobiology of pain and inflammation, and then discuss the common conditions of the spine and related structures that often first present as low back pain.

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