• Doug Nelson

Excellent technique. But when should I use it?

Recently, I attended a conference where multiple workshops were scheduled. During a break, I connected with a participant in one of the trainings I had stopped in to observe. His comment was very perceptive.

"I think the techniques are interesting," he stated. "It isn't at all what I usually do, but I'm sure there is value in that approach and it is probably very helpful for some people. But, at no time was it discussed when and why you should do this approach versus another choice."

I could not agree more and that cuts to the heart of what we teach in Precision Neuromuscular Therapy. Techniques are like answers, and answers are only correct if they are in response to the right question. Too often therapists are married to a favorite technique, but clients may need very different approaches and we therapists need to be incredibly flexible. Myofascial release is excellent, when fascia is the problem. Trigger point strategies can be brilliant, when trigger points are the problem. Structural approaches. . . well, you get the picture.

Our goal in PNMT isn't just to show you how we approach treatment, but also clearly outline when and why these approaches might be appropriate. Moreover, we show you several variations along the way, preparing you for the many challenges that real life in the clinic can present.

That last point is important. Each member of the PNMT teaching staff is a successful and very busy clinician. If you want to learn, learn from people who are doing the work in their clinic every day. There is no substitute for clinical experience. The PNMT teaching staff will share their experience with you in real-world terms because they are actively doing the work. That matters. Theories are easy, real results are hard.

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