Agenda - 2018 Health and Wellness Symposium

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2018 HWS agenda

2018 Health and Wellness Symposium Agenda


Session Descriptions - Massage Therapy and Integrated Sessions

Aromatherapy Applications in the Acute Care Setting

Julie Streeter, BSN, RN, HNB-BC, BCTMB

Healthcare systems are increasingly looking to integrate aromatherapy (essential oils) as a safe, low-cost, and non-pharmacological option for patient care to reduce pain, nausea, and anxiety and to improve sleep. Aromatherapy has applications from both a western clinical approach and from the perspective of Chinese medicine. Understand both the practical applications of aromatherapy for the hospitalized patient and the unique clinical perspectives of acupuncturists, nurses and massage therapists in the use of this tool. Participants will learn:

  • How aromatherapy works
  • The basic chemistry of essential oils
  • Safety precautions
  • An introduction to the development and implementation of a health care system-wide program

Cadaver Dissection of the Shoulder Region

Kim Swineheart, DC

A presentation of cadaveric dissection with focus of the shoulder girdle and the anatomical structures affected by massage therapy, acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine.  The area explored will parallel the clinical techniques presented during other sessions of the Health and Wellness Symposium. 

Objectives include:

  • Correlate the structure and function of the shoulder girdle. 
  • Observe the anatomical structures associated with some of the treatments used by Massage Therapist, Acupuncture and TCM Practitioners

Dynamic Tui Na (40 Max)

Steven Collins, DOM, DAOM(C)

Become introduced to the basic concepts and techniques of Dynamic Tui Na. Learn numerous techniques including how to open the head and neck, how to release a displaced rib, and how to treat sciatica with just your hands. This is a radical modification of classical tui na that removes any pain from the procedure and imparts immediate and profound healing benefits. This hands-on workshop will enable participants to practice various techniques on each other to feel how to use the various methods safely, appropriately and effectively.

First Do No Harm: Fostering Trauma-Sensitivity in Your Healing Practice

Daniel Gaustad, DC

Before we place our hands upon a patient, the groundwork is being laid for positive, negative or neutral interactions. From the perspective of nervous system balance, the safety that we convey through our healing spaces, our actions and our words will strongly influence the outcomes of our treatment. The importance of balancing the nervous system from the very first moment of a patient encounter becomes even more important if that patient has been exposed to abuse, sexual violence, torture or atrocities of war.

While most of us are not trained mental health therapists, can the way that we interact with our patients help facilitate healing in those with emotional trauma? Or, at the very least, can we relate to our patients in such a way that does not perpetuate the trauma paradigm? Can we truly become healers that first do no harm?

In this course, we will explore Autonomic Nervous System Regulation and Dysregulation; Trauma Theory, Power Dynamics and Empowerment; the Importance of Consistency, Rhythms, Language and Presence; Patient Education, Interoception and Shared Authentic Experience.

Due to the prevalence of trauma and nervous system dysregulation, as healers we frequently encounter patients who have been exposed to trauma. Fostering trauma-sensitivity in our healing practices will be of great benefit to all patients who walk through our doors.

Integrative Approaches to Chronic Pain

Michael Egan, MaOM and Nancy Van Sloun, MD

The Transforming Pain Shared Medical Visit-(SMV) is a multi-disciplinary program designed to reduce the impact of chronic pain on the individual and society and empower patients to lead more enriched and rewarding lives. According to the CDC: Estimated costs of treating chronic pain in the United States are $600 billion annually. Despite its prevalence, conventional medicine remains ill-equipped to effectively treat chronic pain. The Transforming Pain SMV program is a skills-based approach for the treatment of chronic pain. It combines the latest evidence based neuroscience understanding of chronic pain with the wisdom of traditional Chinese medicine.

Introduction to Ortho-Bionomy®

Jeanne Douglas, Associate Advanced Instructor of Ortho-Bionomy® 

Orthro-Bionomy is a gentle clothes-on body therapy which is highly effective in accessing the body’s own resolution to chronic or acute stress, injuries and pain, and, problems associated with postural and structural imbalances. OB uses gentle movements and comfortable positions to tap into the body’s inner wisdom to stimulate self-corrective neuromuscular reflexes which melt away tension and bring the body back to balance.

Understand what Ortho-Bionomy is and how it can bring improved health and balance to the body, along with the principles, fundamental concepts, philosophy and developmental roots of Ortho-Bionomy.

Massage and Pathology: Cardiovascular and Neurological Diseases

Susan Salvo, M.Ed, NCTMB, CMT

Diseases that affect nervous and cardiovascular systems are prevalent among our clients. Massage pathology expert, Susan Salvo, will discuss diseases that are common to these body systems, their complications, and their treatment measures including medication use.  You will then learn how to formulate client-centered and condition-appropriate treatment plans rather than using a “one-size-fits-all” approach. Learn through her research, writings, and clinical experiences. Come take a closer look at the challenges your clients with these conditions face, what research tell us, and how to bridge the research-to-practice gap. Susan will also share with you the most current first aid measures for stroke, heart attack, and seizures, and take a closer look at cautionary sites. You will re-enter your practice with a deeper understanding and new skill set for your clients with these pathologies.  

New Safety Guidelines for Cupping and Guasha

John Pirog, MSOM, L.Ac

A growing body of literature suggests that Cupping and Guasha may be capable of transmitting blood-borne pathogens and other potentially infectious material. As a result, best practices in cupping and disinfection have recently been updated. This two-hour course will teach you what needs to be changed in your practice in order to reduce the risks to your patients, your staff, and yourself. (2 safety hours for NCCAOM)

Oh! My Aching Scar! Scars and Pain: How Massage Therapy Can Help

Nancy K. Smith, LMT, MLD Therapist

Developments in medical technology have led to advancements in surgical techniques so patients are now surviving injuries that would have been fatal 20 years ago, creating a population with abundant scar tissue. 

Post-operative adhesion and scar formation is the most common complication from surgery causing discomfort or pain. Focus on general types of pain associated with scar tissue clients. Learn about anatomy, physiology, medications and side effects.

Includes instructor demos and participant exchange (assessment and treatment) for scar tissue pain.  The overarching learning outcome is to assist you with improving your critical thinking, clinical reasoning, and scar treatment skills to achieve consistently safe and effective clinical outcomes.

Opportunities for Integrative Healthcare Policy

Michele Maiers, DC, MPH, PhD

Update yourself on changing healthcare policies in the U.S., and how these are being impacted by key market trends and the current political climate. Policy priorities for complementary and integrative healthcare will be discussed, and strategies for improving patient access to a range of healthcare providers will be explored.

Ortho-Bionomy® In Depth Shoulder Workshop

Jeanne Douglas, Associate Advanced Instructor of Ortho Bionomy® 

In this experiential course, you will become familiar with the concepts and principles of Ortho-Bionomy and learn hands-on movement and positioning techniques that allow the body to rediscover its own ideal and bring itself back to balance.  Learn specific releases for the first rib, scapula, and the entire shoulder. Learn how to meet the person on the table and know where they are by following their patterns, which affirm and acknowledge them in every instance.

Outside All the Boxes: Relationship-Based Approaches to Building an Integrative Model of Care

Jennifer Blair, L.Ac, MaOM and Cynthia Miller, RN, L.Ac, MTOM

“We were hired to build the foundation for the transformation of health care at Allina.” Although the system may not have been entirely aware of that intention, over the last 14 years an ever expanding team of providers has created an environment of collaboration across the largest health care organization in Minnesota.

Cynthia and Jennifer will share how showing up with an attitude of service, building relationships and meeting people where they are provided multiple opportunities for change. From small initiatives to institutional policy, they will demonstrate how listening, evolving with the system and finding common ground laid the foundation for the success and expansion of the work initiated at the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing.

Translating Research into Practice Results from a Massage Therapy PBRN (2 Research Hours for NCBTMB)

Diane Mastnardo, BS, LMT 

Practice Based Research Networks (PBRN) are groups of clinicians and practices working together to answer community-based health care questions and translate research findings into practice. PBRNs engage clinicians in quality improvement activities and an evidence-based culture to improve the health of all Americans.  In the past few years non-traditional practice based research networks (PBRNs) have developed within the agency for healthcare research and quality including chiropractic, dietetics and massage therapy.  We will be talking about the results of a massage therapy PBRN and working together to translate the results for your practice. You will learn about:

  • Leg cramping in dialysis
  • Provider recommendations to massage therapy
  • Perceptions and barriers to massage therapy
  • The card study method
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