The Nature of Muscles, Joints and Pain

The Nature of Muscles, Joints and Pain

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A workshop series and tour.

"I think deep down, most 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 workshop 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 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 workshops, 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 workshops 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 workshops for?

  • Acupuncturists, massage and sports injuries therapists, 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.

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 workshop 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 35 per workshop.

Workshop 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 workshop, 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.

Workshop 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.

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