Orthopedic Massage Techniques for Cervical Pain


December 4, 2012, 8 am–3:30 pm

Holiday Inn Hotel & Conference Center
148 Sheraton Dr
New Cumberland, PA 17070


Effective Treatment for Cervical and Upper Thoracic Pain 
Thousands of Americans suffer from episodes of acute or persistent neck pain each year as a result of injury, strain, overuse, aging and other factors. The cervical spine is amazingly complex, supporting the head, weighing up to 15 pounds, while moving in several directions. Its range of motion is capable of 90 degrees of flexion and extension, 180 degrees of rotation and almost 120 degrees of tilt to either shoulder. No other region of the spine has such range of motion. This combination of complexity and mobility make the neck susceptible to pain and injury. Participants in this interactive one-day seminar will learn and practice simple myofascial and neuromuscular techniques that can be incorporated into existing routines and treatment protocols to effectively treat many common cervical and thoracic region conditions, including chronic headaches, stiff neck, frozen shoulder and arm pain, thoracic pain and forward head posture.
What you Will Learn:
• Learn gentle approaches to rid clients of headaches, neck pain and stiffness, whiplash, frozen shoulder, carpal tunnel and other acute and chronic pain conditions
• Recognize when you are working the wrong muscle groups and how to correct it
• Work smarter, not harder, to increase the client's range of motion and alleviate pain
• Discuss cervical pain patterns and mechanisms of injury
• Examine relevant anatomy and recent research
• Recognize how musculoskeletal problems in the cervical and thoracic regions cause headaches, shoulder, arm, neck and jaw pain
• Identify techniques for anterior head deviation correction
• Demonstrate soft tissue mobilization techniques
• Assess clients for contraindications to soft tissue therapy
• Demonstrate muscle releasing and neuromuscular re-education techniques in a practical lab
• Develop effective treatment plans for clients who suffer from chronic and acute cervical and thoracic pain
What You Should Bring: Participants are strongly encouraged to bring a massage table, a sheet, towel or pad, and to wear loose-fitting, lab-appropriate clothing. Short nails are also encouraged.
Who Should Attend:
• Massage Therapists
• Massage Therapy Students
• Athletic Trainers
• Physical Therapists
• Physical Therapist Assistants
• Occupational Therapists
• Occupational Therapy Assistants
• Chiropractors
• Anyone who provides hands-on care to chronic pain sufferers
Your Presenter:
SUNNY BIRDSTONE, LMP, is a Licensed Massage Practitioner with 14 years of experience as owner of Birdstone Therapeutic Massage, a clinical massage therapy practice in Washington state specializing in soft tissue injuries and complicated chronic pain. In addition, she has practiced massage therapy in long-term care facilities; chiropractic offices; for corporate clients; and has conducted repetitive use injury prevention classes with business clients in Tacoma, Washington. Ms. Birdstone has completed hundreds of hours of specialized education and training in myofascial release, neuromuscular therapy and therapeutic stretching. She has skillfully integrated these techniques into treatment for hundreds of clients experiencing chronic and acute neck and back pain. Ms. Birdstone also served as a medical specialist in the U.S. Army for 20 years before retiring in 1997.

Tags: cervical, continuing education, massage therapy, Orthomassage, pain

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