Whitney Lowe, B.A., CMT

Whitney LoweWhitney Lowe, B.A., CMT has practiced massage therapy for more than 30 years. He authored the profession’s first accessible assessment text, Orthopedic Assessment in Massage Therapy. He is a contributing author to several other texts and published articles. He developed the ground-breaking Orthopedic Massage online certificate program, applying online educational methods and technology. He is a member of the editorial advisory board of the Journal of Bodywork & Movement Therapies, and is a regularly featured author in publications such as Massage & Bodywork, Massage Today, and Massage Magazine.

He received his B.A. in Psychology from University of Georgia, and he became certified as a massage therapist at the Atlanta School of Massage.

Session

Keynote: What’s True and Why Does it Matter?
Current research findings have prompted major paradigm shifts in the massage therapy world. These paradigm shifts bring up critical questions for practitioners such as:

  • How might current pain science models change our treatment approaches?
  • What is fascia, and can we affect it with manual therapy?
  • What happens physiologically as a result of our treatment techniques?

In this keynote presentation, Lowe will touch on many of the current topics that massage therapists grapple with when trying to understand how best to incorporate new research findings into clinical practice to help clients.

Workshop 1: Essential Components of Orthopedic Assessment
Effective treatment of pain and injury depend on a good understanding of the client’s current condition. Orthopedic assessment is the most efficient and accurate way to understand what is really going on with our clients. Assessment can seem intimidating and confusing if you don’t know where to begin or how to interpret the information your client presents. In this class, Lowe helps simplify the process of assessment with many highly valuable strategies that attendees can put into practice immediately. Accurate and efficient assessment improves the success rate of pain treatments.

Workshop 2: Using Assessment to Drive Your Treatment
Assessment is the first step in your client’s successful treatment. But what do you do with the information? In this class, Lowe focuses on how assessment informs treatment decisions for numerous pain and injury conditions. He reviews the primary physiological effects of massage techniques and looks at how to choose the most appropriate techniques for various pain and injury complaints. This session includes a variety of demonstrations, interactive exercises and hands-on applications to explore strategies for improving clinical outcomes.