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: FUNCTIONAL ANATOMY
Discussion of muscle and joint function beyond simple actions, including physics and biomechanics of the human body. Students gain understanding of the body in motion and how anatomical structures work together to create different types of motion. Activities include inspecting, palpating, and moving these structures, enabling the student to link theory with experience to help further understanding of the human body and its movement potential. Students are introduced to imbalances or dysfunctions associated with soft tissue that are most commonly treated by manual and exercise therapists.
: FUNDAMENTALS OF HOSPITAL BASED MASSAGE THERAPY
This course prepares students to work in a hospital setting. Common conditions, medical devices and unique elements of the hospital environment are addressed. Students learn infection control practices, body mechanics, and session adaptations to serve medically frail patients. Communication with healthcare providers, patients and staff, along with appropriate boundary issues will be discussed. During the 12-hour clinical rotations at a hospital, studnets receive hands-on experience in the hospital setting with hospital staff, a variety of medical conditions and diverse patient populations. Students are required to meet certain vaccination requirements, including the flu shot and TB testing, established by the hospital.
: GERIATRIC MASSAGE
Geriatric massage is a form of massage that is specific for people generally over the age of 65 with age-related conditions, such as, arthritis, Parkinson’s, stroke, fragility, memory impaired diseases, and end of life issues. It helps improve circulation and joint mobility, eases aches and pains, and can help relieve symptoms of stress, depression and loneliness. Students learn techniques for massaging the aging population. Physical, emotional and mental changes associated with the aging client are explored. Common symptomologies and disabilities for which massage is indicated will be discussed. Hands on experience takes place in a long term care facility.
: INFANT MASSAGE
Infant Massage will provide the student with skills to teach parents infant massage strokes, and basic instruction in infant social and physical development, effective communication, classroom dynamics, and parent/teacher/child boundaries. It will explore infant massage research, and basic pediatric massage techniques. Students will provide instruction to parents and their babies in the classroom.
: INSURANCE BILLING FOR MASSAGE THERAPY
The decision of whether or not to accept insurance as a form of payment, in your office, can be a challenging one to make. This class discusses policies, procedures and a step by step process for submitting claims and successful third-party personal injury reimbursement. Samples of claim forms and information on correct coding will also be included.
: PENNY GEORGE INSTITUTE EXTERNSHIP
In this externship course students observe practitioners providing holistic care at the bedside, and provide massage therapy treatment sessions in the specialized clinical environment of the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing at Abbott Northwestern Hospital under the supervision of ANW massage therapists. Students must successfully complete an individualized learning plan established between each student and NWHSU faculty liaison with input from the onsite supervisor. Students will be required to meet requirements established by Abbott Northwestern Hospital.
: REFLEXOLOGY 1
This is a 7-week course on basic foot reflexology. Topics covered are basic technique, introductory history, theory, principles, zones, and contraindications. Detailed bony anatomy of the foot and lower leg is also studied. The goal is to prepare the student to use reflexology as in independent modality or as a complement to other therapies.
: REFLEXOLOGY 2
This course continues preparation for the American Reflexology Certification Board (ARCB) exam for national certification in foot reflexology. The knowledge of techniques and procedures to effectively stimulate foot reflex areas are expanded. Students review the systems of the body, common homeostatic imbalances and the role reflexology plays in maintaining optimum function and health. Topics covered include pathology of the foot, ligaments of the foot and ankle, biomechanics of the foot and leg, practice of technical application and knowledge of reflexology maps of the foot. The basics of meridians on the foot and how they apply to reflexology will also be introduced. One case study is conducted in preparation for the ARCB certification process.