The Nature of Muscles, Joints and Pain

The Nature of Muscles, Joints and Pain

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Australia wide seminar series.

Register for Brisbane
Module 1

Saturday 17 - Sunday 18 February 2018

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Register for Sydney
Module 1

Saturday 3 - Sunday 4 March 2018

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Register for Melbourne
Module 1

 Saturday 17 - Sunday 18 March 2018

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Register for Adelaide
Module 1

Saturday 28 - Sunday 29 April 2018

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"I think deep down, we clinicians are stricken with a unique affliction!"

We would just love to be able to have the knowledge and experience to help heal every patient that comes into our practice, and, we would like to have an abundance of those patients to help. I certainly caught a good dose of this when I was younger and thought that if I just applied what I had learned at college (and the multitude of courses that followed) that everyone would just get better, I’d be a hero, and they would all refer heaps more clients. Of course, they didn't, only some got better, and trying to work out what I missed or what was going on with the rest, became something of a lifelong passion that led me to constantly investigate the various snakes and ladders that the human condition can throw at the process of healing. It's been more than 20 years since I presented a particular seminar and video entitled "Why some patients don't heal" and since that time I have realised the enormous value in swapping techniques that work for some of the patients some of the time, to methods that work for most of the patients most of the time. It’s these methods and the distillation of 33 years of practice perspectives, diagnostics and treatment techniques that I'd like to pass on to the TCM and musculoskeletal therapy community. It is a daunting task and one that might take a few years, but I feel it would be grossly inappropriate for me to fade off into retirement without giving it a crack. The plan is to present a series of hands-on and theory seminars, perhaps twice a year over the next two years, that will cover a relatively complete and holistic exploration of musculoskeletal injury pain, and dysfunction along with a combination of both cutting edge and time-honoured treatment techniques that work well to effectively treat the different presentations. Some of the unique methods that I have developed will also be presented. If you would like to fast track your gaining of wisdom and understanding of musculoskeletal conditions, and improve your clinical success rate, then these seminars are for you. Teaching and lecturing is not new to me. I wrote and taught the first ever Sports Injuries Management diploma for post graduate acupuncturists and physical therapists at the Brisbane College of Traditional Acupuncture and Natural Medicine from 1987-1991. There's been a lot of new learning since then and it is now time to pass it on to those who will continue to help people in pain. Who are the Seminars for?
  • Acupuncturists, massage and sports injuries therapists, osteopaths and nearly graduated students will benefit.
What will be covered?
  • A functional examination of the relationship, neurology and biomechanics of the various joints and controlling muscles and how they present in health and disease. Some common myths will be exposed and new understandings explained.
  • More expansive diagnostic techniques that look not just at the structures that may be damaged and painful, but also the possible postural, biomechanical, nutritional and neurological reasons that structure may have become prone to injury.
  • Treatment techniques for the most common injuries that will combine the best of what has worked over the years with the latest supportive findings from Neuroscience and Functional Neurology. Acupuncture and acupressure points, massage and soft tissue manipulation, Ant-Ag stretching, and modern silicon cupping techniques will be demonstrated and practised for each of the conditions.
  • Clinical tips and techniques to help you manage patient expectations, present their healing process and gain more referrals.
  • Sports performance enhancement techniques.
  • Clinical mentoring to help integrate the techniques into your practice will be available after the weekend.
  • Professional Issues topics as outlined in "Seminar Content" below.
I would like to spend most of the time covering material that is not too commonplace and will therefore rely on you to brush up on your anatomy and biomechanics of the particular joints and muscles that will be examined in each seminar prior to attendance. What will you come away with?
  • A bucket load of ‘Ah Ha’ insights.
  • More confidence in accurately diagnosing and recognising the cause of presenting issues.
  • A greater armoury of effective treatment techniques that you will know when and how to apply.
  • Patient management and practice tips that can save you a lot of time and money, help streamline your marketing, engender patient compliance and elicit more referrals.
  • New offerings and treatment programs for your patients.
To take advantage of the Early Bird special book now. Due to the practical and hands-on Nature of the content, spaces are limited to 30 per seminar.

Register for Brisbane
Module 1

Saturday 17 - Sunday 18 February 2018

Full Program

Saturday Only

Sunday Only

Register for Sydney
Module 1

Saturday 3 - Sunday 4 March 2018

Full Program

Saturday Only

Sunday Only

Register for Melbourne
Module 1

Saturday 17 - Sunday 18 March 2018

Book Now

Saturday Only

Sunday Only

Register for Adelaide
Module 1

Saturday 28 - Sunday 29 April 2018

Book Now

Saturday Only

Sunday Only

 

Reviews

Very enjoyable and informative. This will be an exciting step in my education.

Steve Grant 
Acupuncturist/Osteopath. Sydney


Thank you so much for the wonderful presentation over the last 2 days. I am inspired to apply the new knowledge and skills, so thank you for sharing them with me.

Rebecca Turner 
Remedial Therapist. Sydney.


I loved learning the neural side of things and how the brain is really controlling things.

Lou Murray
Myotherapist. Sydney.


The workshop was insightful into other perspectives of the underlying mechanisms of pain. It helped me understand many of my patients conditions.

Hong Quang Lu. Sydney.


I loved the practical stories, relaxed atmosphere, the amazing research behind the neuroscience of pain and how it applies to acupuncture. It has given me a better understanding of acupuncture mechanisms which has increased my confidence in clinic.

George Blundell
Acupuncturist. Sydney.


A very holistic approach to diagnosis and treatment. I am excited to see the results of the Ant-Ag exercises I am doing for myself and my clients.

Bernice Lowe
Acupuncturist. Sydney.


I liked that you could walk away from the workshop and be able to practice what we learned. Some of the content for me was like putting in the missing pieces of the puzzle. While initially it felt a bit complex it was actually quite simple and made sense when we put the techniques into action. I really enjoyed the course.

Melissa Thompson
Acupuncturist. Mudgeeraba


I loved Terry’s knowledge and his generosity in sharing his tips and experience. There are not many practitioners around with that amount of experience.

Cathy Bell
Acupuncturist. Brisbane.

I liked the integration of neuro stuff into clinic treatment options.

Sam Andison
Acupuncturist Brisbane


I valued the theory that was then applied to the practical. I found the Ant-Ag aspect of the course most applicable to me as an RMT. At first I was a little concerned at not being an acupuncturist but felt the course applied to me well.

Leslie Eastman
RMT Brisbane


I enjoyed the practical learnings and that there were four professional issues CPD points embedded in the course. It was a well presented seminar where you learn extremely useful techniques to permanently change bad habits and pain. Great tools for client and yourself to heal.

Carolyn Allison Nichols
TCM Acupuncture  Melbourne


The new neurological material was really useful. Worth the flight from Perth.

Wayne Sibson 
Osteopathy and Physiotherapy Perth


The two days went so fast. I wish there was more. Will definitely be coming to module two. It was enjoyable and essential knowledge.

Paul Banninger
Acupuncture and RMT  Melbourne


It was fantastic. Due to our busy and stressful life, it's good to learn to relax the body, muscles, mind at the same time. And using this knowledge to pass on and sharing with people around.

Hong Ngo
Acupuncturist Melbourne


As a sports myo it was a good workshop for me to do to listen to the different TCM philosophies in the group.

Toby Glennon                                                                                                                     Sports Myo Sydney


Thank you for a wonderful couple of days of learning - very inspiring and interesting. 

Melissa Zafer
Acup / Chinese herbs Melbourne


A great workshop to do to understand the link between the body, mind, spirit with solid evidence and a  musculoskeletal base.

Razz Smith
RMT Sunshine Coast

Seminar Content

The Nature of Muscles, Joints and Pain seminar series is for acupuncturists, students and professional therapeutic body workers who would like to fast track their gaining of wisdom and understanding of musculoskeletal conditions, learn new skills and improve clinical success rates. Effectively treating musculoskeletal injuries and pain can be a rewarding practice, not just for you, but also your clients. This sort of pain is also common and recurring, with WorkCover reporting 54% of all claims made being in this category and 70%-90% as having back pain during their life. With recent advances in neuroscience providing new understandings of our old treatment techniques and philosophies, there are now better ways of diagnosing and treating the actual causes of many of these conditions. This is a two-day seminar, 9 AM to 5 PM with a good mix of theory and practical hands-on experience and on completion you will be armed with insight and tools that will give you improved confidence with musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction. Seminar outline:
  • Why treating musculoskeletal conditions effectively can be very good for your practice.
  • Our recent history in treating musculoskeletal disorders and how we may be missing the real causes.
  • Knowing how muscles and joints function in their "Natural" state so we can more easily identify dysfunction and what is not natural.
  • How injuries occur, both acute and chronic.
  • Muscle tension and its neurological causes. Identify and test co-contraction, muscular splinting and "always- on" muscles, blood flow, inhibition and hypertonic muscles with hands-on assessment.
  • Understand how natural joint centration, joint compression distribution, joint nutrition and postural anomalies affect outcomes.
  • How efficiency of movement can increase performance and decrease injuries.
  • What exactly is pain? Traditional and neuroscience perspectives and why people are so motivated to get rid of it.
  • The causes of pain and how to identify them.
  • Experiencing how our "push-pull" neurology works clinically.
  • More expansive diagnostic techniques that look not just at the structures that may be damaged and painful, but also the possible postural, bio-mechanical, nutritional and neurological reasons that structure may have become injured.
  • Clinical tips and techniques to help you manage patient expectations, present their healing process and gain more referrals.
Professional issues topics that we will cover in the two day seminar:
  • Determining and managing patient expectations in treatment.
  • Realising that practitioners are in the People Management Business.
  • Three major questions to raise with your patient at their initial consult.
  • How to explain their condition to them so that your treatment plan becomes a logical progression.
  • Defining our role in the treatment process.
  • Improving your patient understanding of pain, its causes and how the brain can be involved in its healing.
  • How to include marketing in your initial consult and history taking.
  • How to improve patient compliance through education during your treatments.
  • How to present the benefits and effectiveness of acupuncture and your treatment plan to patients.
  • The importance of having online educational and support materials for your patients.
  • How to introduce somatic education to improve treatment outcomes.
  • How to resolve bad postural and biomechanical habits that you or your patients may exhibit.
As we're talking about a holistic treatment of musculoskeletal injuries, these topics are interlaced throughout the two days in a logical and supportive way.

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