The Belly: What is going on in there?

People have various kinds of abdominal and pelvic discomfort and they come to your office seeking relief. External manual palpation can reveal many things, including things not visible on x-ray or MRIs. There is often a lack of functional movement in the structural framework that holds the abdominal viscera and the connective tissue and fascia, and/or lack of movements of the various organs in the abdomen. External manual treatment can correct positioning and assist in return to improved function.

The key learning highlights of this manual therapy training seminar are:

  • Palpation of organs of all ages, sizes and body types to determine placements of organs, intrinsic motion and the influence of scar tissue in the abdomen.
  • Determine if the gastrointestinal tract valves are opening and closing correctly.
  • Ability to externally manually treat:
    • Hiatus hernia
    • Liver and gall bladder placement and function of associated ducts
    • Pyloric valve spasm
    • Sigmoid flexure jamming of the bowel
    • Ileocecal valve function
    • Uterine and fallopian tube problems
    • Optimizing lymphatic drainage of the abdomen
    • Assisting in moving out pockets of gas
    • Assisting in untwisting digestive tract


The Head & Neck: What can keep the head and body connected?

People with head and neck symptoms suffer with dysfunctional physiology, often with few therapy options that offer normalization and return to homeostasis. Manual therapies can promote improved functionality to assist in resolution of causative factors.

The key learning highlights of this manual therapy training seminar are:

  • Palpation of head and neck of all ages, sizes and body types to determine placements of contents, intrinsic motion and influence of scar tissue.
  • Review of head and neck anatomy, lymphatic drainage, neurology.
  • Ability to manually treat:
    • Lymphatic system drainage
    • Congested sinuses
    • Eyeball positioning
    • Blocked tear ducts
    • Hyoid and surrounding tissue
    • Eustachian tube and middle ear
    • Thyroid
    • Tonsils and adenoids
    • Temporomandibular joints
    • Cervical spine
    • Cranial bones


Beyond Palpation: When you touch, what does the information you see and feel indicate, and how does this affect your therapeutic choices?

The skin is the largest organ of the body and rests upon subdermal and connective tissues. Practitioners with developed palpation and clinical observation skills can discern information about overall health and specific areas of concerns, from actual skin conditions to nutrient insufficiencies, and more.  Through skilled palpation, the practitioner can deliver types of treatment to the patient for their individual needs.

The key learning highlights of this manual therapy seminar are:

  • Palpation of the skin of all ages, gender, body types to determine health of the skin, temperature types, neurological responsiveness, signs of malabsorption and insufficiencies.
  • Assessing skin conditions for causative factors and determining manual treatment and external application therapies.
  • Various touch techniques to deliver specific therapeutic needs and results.
  • Review of skin and subdermal anatomy.
  • Ability to manually treat:
    • Scar tissue
    • Adhesion
    • Temperature re-regulation via touch affecting lymphatic drainage, neurological rebalancing and cranial-sacral breathing
    • Application of external therapies
    • Improving resolution of injuries: black eyes, bruises, swelling in external tissue due to surgery, sprains, falls (especially falling onto the hands, face and skull), etc.


The Upper Limbs & Thorax: How do compensations in the rib cage, its contents, and the upper limbs affect well being?

The function of the thorax and its contents is key to a good quality of life, for without that the organs within (i.e. heart and lungs, etc.) could unknowingly deteriorate long before symptoms appear. Assessing for compromised function in the upper limbs, ribs, sternum, diaphragm, spine, clavicles, breathing patterns, heart and pulse rhythms, etc., long before pathologies arise is crucial. Dysfunction can be treated through manual therapies, along with other modalities, to improve and promote repair and restoration.

The key learning highlights of this manual therapy seminar are:

  • Palpation techniques of the muscles, bones, connective tissues and fascia areas of the torso and upper limbs;
  • Assessing conditions for causative factors, including rotator cuff injuries, ‘frozen shoulder,’ carpal tunnel syndrome and elbow problems, thoracic spine, clavicle, ribs, sternum and more; determining manual treatment and external application therapies; Breast health assessment, breast drainage techniques for women of all ages;
  • Chest lymph drainage assessment and therapies for males and females of all ages;
  • External assessment of the diaphragm, lungs, breathing, heart, thymus and thoracic ducts.


Connecting the Lower Limbs up into the Pelvis: What keeps a connection from lower limbs into the pelvis?

Assuring that lower limb functionally lasts a lifetime depends upon the neuro-musculo-skeletal integration to the rest of the body, particularly the pelvis. When the pelvic floor and core muscles are not working in concert with the lower limbs, due to injury or pelvic organ dysfunction, the natural harmony of movement in spacial relationship to gravity decompensates resulting in joint deterioration, organ malfunction and metabolic stasis. Assessment and treatment of the connection between the lower limbs and pelvis begins at birth until the elder years, often beginning and ending with imbalance and many injuries in between. Manual therapies can alleviate and treat the cause to ensure optimal movement for a lifetime.

The key learning highlights of this manual therapy seminar are:

  • Visual walking/gait analysis and the effects of gait on the entire body;
  • Palpation techniques of the muscles, bones, connective tissue and fascial areas of the legs, feet and connections into the pelvis;
  • Assessing condition for causative factors, including plantar fasciitis, knee dyskinesia, hip joint mobility, pelvis floor issues, recovering from injuries, imbalance issues and more; determining manual treatment and external application of therapies;
  • Assessment and treatment of issues arising from lower limb lymph drainage into the pelvis including bowel function, incontinence, swollen ankles, urogenital dysfunctions and more.