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NCBMTB Approved Continuing Education Hours: 19

Timeline: 3 day seminar

                Day 1: 6:30pm – 9:30pm

                Day 2: 9am – 6pm (one hour lunch)

                Day 3: 9am – 6pm (one hour lunch)


Cost: Early Bird $395, Normal $425, Review Rate 40% off

In a study in the Journal of Spine, it is estimated that 60% of all Americans will develop back pain in their life. Duke University estimated the annual cost of back pain to the US economy is about 90 billion dollars! Additionally, a 1999 study found that 80% of all visits to a physician resulted in an incomplete and vague diagnosis as to the nature and cause of their pain. It is suggested that the lack of definitive cause of pain leads us to believe that the pain is caused by muscular tightness and spasm. With this prevalence, it is no wonder that the majority of clients that grace our doors have some sort of back discomfort as the major complaint and often the back is the major area of focus during a typical session.

In the PNMT for the Low Back and Thoracic Spine seminar, you will learn how to efficiently evaluate and treat people with various types of back pain involving the lumbar and thoracic area. In order to accomplish this, you will learn to clearly identify the anatomical landmarks necessary for great palpation, identify and address the correct soft tissue structures that affect the stated pain pattern, and review how these soft tissue restrictions are tied to movement and everyday complaints.

If a therapist is going to treat LBP, the most important task is to have a deep model of understanding of back pain, more important than learning techniques to apply to something not well understood. In the PNMT for the Low Back and Thoracic Spine seminar, participants will address fundamental issues such as red flags for treatment, how to identify neural issues, how to assess whether the source of LBP is instability or hypomobility and so much more.

Participants in this seminar will learn to assess the spine in multiple movement planes (flexion, extension, lateral flexion, rotation) and correlate muscular treatments with movement restrictions. Rather than memorize one-size-fits-nobody routines, emphasis is on problem solving skills and clinical reasoning. 

PNMT is not a modality; it is an approach to soft-tissue therapy that is highly analytic and science based, but uses those skills to artistically create a wonderful treatment experience for the client. If your image of NMT is digging an elbow into the low back, think again. Think PNMT.

This seminar is designed to be a "hands on" experience and the style of therapy relevant to everyday practice; you can utilize the techniques taught in class immediately. At the same time, it will sharpen your anatomy skills and assist you in understanding spinal mechanics. This training is meant to teach you to see, touch, and understand the truly magnificent role that is the complex series of muscles we call "the back". At the end of the training, you will never see the spine in the same way.We will address clinical applications, review the functional applications that soft tissue plays in back pain, and address common clinical concerns.

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