TENSION-TYPE HEADACHES (2 NCBTMB APPROVED CE- $39)
While Tension-Type headaches (TTH) are the most common type of headache, they are perhaps the least understood. In large part, this is because several different types of headache exist, and the boundaries between them are often blurred. While almost 90% of the population has experienced a headache, for many people, it may be a minor and infrequent annoyance. For many others, however, headaches can have a severe impact on their life. This is true not only on a personal level but a professional one as well as one in ten headache sufferers will miss an average of four days of work each year. Collectively, this is a significant economic cost as well as the personal cost. Given the important role that muscles can play in TTH, massage therapy interventions make perfect sense.
CERVICOGENIC HEADACHES (2 NCBTMB APPROVED CE- $39)
Given the prevalence of headaches, it is likely that seeing clients who present with headache pain will be a common occurrence for massage therapists. There are however, multiple presentations of headaches with varying pathophysiological presentations. Each of these presentations need to be addressed differently. One particular possibility is cervicogenic headaches, which is unique to other kinds of headaches categories. This course will deepen your understanding of cervicogenic headaches, what they are, and how to create an effective treatment strategy.
UNDERSTANDING THE GAIT CYCLE (5 NCBTMB APPROVED CE, COST $99)
Understanding the Gait Cycle dives into understanding what it means to walk. Although it's something we do thousands of times a day, we often take for granted the complexity of the movement. Many of our clients have pain or dysfunction when walking. By looking at a joint by joint breakdown we help you understand the different parts of the gait cycle and the myofascia that make it happen.
RESEARCH INSIGHTS: SUBOCCIPITAL MUSCLES AND HEADACHES (3 NCBTMB APPROVED CE, COST: $49)
For most massage therapists, releasing the suboccipital muscles is a very important part of treating the neck. In this course, our goal is to dive much more deeply into the subject of the suboccipital muscles, specifically focusing on what the research literature has to tell us about these muscles in anatomical structure, neurological and functional implications, and the relationship with headaches. As with so many subjects, the deeper you delve into it, the more interesting it becomes. At the same time, the course will also help participants become more comfortable with the structure of a research paper and how to use insights gained through research to apply to clinical settings.
ETHICAL ACUMEN IN MASSAGE THERAPY (3 NCBTMB APPROVED CE COST: $39)
To provide our clients with the best care and treatment, we must constantly reexamine our standards of ethics. Revisiting this subject every so often is not a waste of time, but an important checkpoint to make sure that our actions have not drifted from an ethical mooring. In this online course, there are videos, thoughtful scenarios, and situations that will help you reflect on ethics and massage therapy.
THE NOCEBO EFFECT: IMPLICATIONS FOR MASSAGE THERAPY (1 NCBTMB APPROVED CE, COST $29)
While much has been written over the years about the placebo effect, very little has been written about the nocebo effect. While this is true across the field of health care, it is certainly true with regard to the field of massage therapy. In this course, we will explore the nocebos and the nocebo effect; looking specifically at the application to the field of massage therapy. It is a very important concept that can be the difference between clinical success or failure.
UNDERSTANDING WHIPLASH (3 NCBTMB APPROVED CE COST:$49)
In this course, you will take a deep dive into the complicated condition of whiplash. We will explore the research literature to understand the complex impact it has on the sufferer and then explore how soft-tissue therapy might be used to positively affect a positive outcome. With video footage, research articles, and clinically applicable information, your confidence in helping clients who struggle with whiplash will grow exponentially.
INTRODUCTION TO PRECISION NEUROMUSCULAR THERAPY (5 NCBTMB APPROVED CE, COST: $75)
This course introduces the essential concepts in studying and practicing Precision Neuromuscular Therapy. After taking this course, the participant will have a greater understanding of the concepts and principles behind Precision NMT. This will be useful for anyone studying neuromuscular approaches. The course will cover such things as: The history of PNMT, the role of trigger points, the role of structure and function, the role of various testing and verification procedures, models of understanding musculoskeletal pain, problem solving strategies, and neural issues.
ADDUCTOR MAGNUS AND HAMSTRING LENGTH (2 NCBTMB APPROVED CE, COST: $39)
Restricted hamstring length is an issue that manual therapy practitioners encounter often. Whether it is an athlete suffering from decreased sprinting performance or a stay at home mom having trouble going down the stairs, it is important for neuromuscular therapists to address the issue of hamstring length restriction effectively. Targeted treatment to the hamstrings can sometimes fall short of the results the practitioner aims for and the clients want. This study addressed a clinical phenomenon we had experienced in which adductor magnus treatment allowed for a dramatic increase in hamstring length. This study provides questions about the relationship between adductor magnus and hamstrings and answers for treatment options for restricted hamstring length.
NEUROMUSCULAR THERAPY AND THE GOLF SWING SPEED (3 NCBTMB APPROVED CE, COST: $39)
This online course is designed around a research study in which we examined the effect of Precision Neuromuscular Therapy treatment on muscles that have the potential to limit either thoracic or hip range of motion. The premise of the study was that increasing range of motion of these muscles may positively affect the ability for a golfer to rotate his/her body, thus resulting in an increase in overall swing speed of the club head. The course describes the process by which we pursued this idea, the way in which we executed it, and the results.
SPINAL FORWARD FLEXION: WHAT ARE THE NORMS? (2 NCBTMB APPROVED CE, COST: $39)
In the PNMT Low Back and Thoracic Spine seminar, we teach you how to measure lumbar and Thoracic forward flexion range of motion. While these measurements are valuable from a pre to post treatment perspective, it would be even better to have a baseline of what "normal" range should be. There are some published norms, but they have several limitations. After measuring over nine hundred subjects, we now have a very good sense of what a possible normal should be. In this course, you will read the handout, watch a video, and then answer a few questions over the material.
THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN HAMSTRING LENGTH AND PELVIC INCLINATION (3 NCBTMB APPROVED CE, COST: $39)
The pelvis is an important structure to understand for the manual therapist. Positioning of the pelvis can affect structures above and below. Structural distortions such as pelvic obliquity, anterior and posterior inclination, and unilateral flexion can have detrimental effects on the low back, knees, and spine. Without understanding the role of the pelvis massage therapists may find it difficult to alleviate common problems like chronic low back pain, sacroiliac joint dysfunction and more. We hope that the therapist who reads the study will gain greater insight into the relationship and also the process of massage research.
UNDERSTANDING MIGRAINES (3 NCBTMB APPROVED CE, COST: $49)
RESEARCH LITERACY (5 NCBTMB APPROVED CE, COST: $49)
Migraines are complex but the more deeply you understand the mechanisms, the more likely your intervention might be helpful. They are often misunderstood and can feel frustrating for the client and practitioner. In the Understanding Migraines course you will explore the research and how soft-tissue therapy might be used to treat migraines.
Massage therapy research, in recent years, has increased in prominence and importance. The American Massage Therapy Association has created the Massage Therapy Foundation to support research projects. There are numerous articles being published on massage therapy and its effects. There are two peer-reviewed journals dedicated to the study of massage therapy and bodywork. This course hopes to add to this growing push to increase research literacy in massage therapists. Intermittently throughout the course there will be mini quizzes which the student will have to complete to get credit for the course. These quizzes are separate from the test and will not be graded, but are required.
We donate 75% of your registration to the Massage Therapy Foundation! Please support the Foundation in their efforts to support massage therapy research.
MYSTERY OF PAIN SEMINAR (4 NCBTMB APPROVED CONTINUING EDUCATION)
The Mystery of Pain is a fascinating journey into the very heart of how you understand, and therefore treat pain and suffering. A deeper understanding of the science of pain will open new vistas for exploration and increase your effectiveness with clients who hurt. Essentially, the more deeply you understand the process of pain, the more power you have to influence it. Emerging advances in the science of pain are not only fascinating; they open doors to possible avenues of treatment.
APPLYING RESEARCH INSIGHTS TO THE PRACTICE OF MASSAGE THERAPY (4 NCBTMB APPROVED CONTINUING EDUCATION)
While the volume of research in massage therapy has increased substantially in the last decade, many massage therapists are unsure how to apply that research to the daily practice of massage in the clinic. In this course, participants will explore several research papers and case studies and to apply them to real-world situations. Participants will learn how to sift through research literature and discover how it can apply to our practices, and conscientiously improve the way we care for our clients and our profession at large.
THE SCIENCE OF STRESS (2 NCBTMB APPROVED CONTINUING EDUCATION)
Like the Mystery of Pain presentation, the Science of Stress is a deeply fascinating journey into a subject that we all have some peripheral knowledge of, but the intricacies and complexities of stress are much more interesting than most of us ever realized. Why does your mouth get dry when you are nervous? What’s the relationship between stress and ulcers? ( and it’s likely not what you think) Did you know that chronic stress can shrink certain brain regions? And then there is the cost of stress- the estimates nationally are about 300 billion annually. People with chronic stress cost the health care system five times as much as people who aren’t under that kind of stress. In this two-hour live webinar, we will explore these topics and how stress affects multiple systems of the body, stress and pain, and the psychology of stress. The more deeply you comprehend the underlying mechanisms of stress, the more you understand what strategies might be remarkably effective in combating the effects of stress. (There’s actually some good news at the end of the presentation!) NCBTMB Approved for 2 CE.