Learn to Assess & Treat Chronic Soft Tissue Injuries & Conditions
by Mike Aitken, LATC, LMT and Kate Anagnostis, LATC, LMT

In today’s fast-pace world we are not physically moving. There is a lot of information moving though a computer or by a desk, but our bodies are immobile. People are working longer hours and doing more tasks without leaving their chairs. In this world we see people sitting or standing in one place for hours, and it is from this perspective that we see postural changes that result in painful syndromes. Think of the postures of the people you know who sit at a computer for hours, the students you see wearing a backpack, carrying a sports bag and other necessities, or how about the person on the cell phone? What do they look like? Look at people around you… Have their postures changed in the last few years?

Changes in one’s posture are likely to create stress or overuse in specific muscle groups. Chronic conditions are often the result of injuries in which muscles have become shortened or weakened creating an imbalance. We often see repetitive activities, which strengthen one muscle group at the expense of the opposite or antagonist muscle group. Propping the phone between your shoulder and your ear, or kicking a soccer ball are examples of these repetitive stressors. Imbalances can happen anywhere in the body.

In this course you will learn to assess chronic conditions through utilizing a systematic hands-on approach while evaluating the signs and symptoms of the client to assess which tissues are involved. From there, your evaluation will be more accurate and your treatment plan i.e.: massage, stretching, referral, should be more successful. You will learn methods of massage to treat the tissue in which the condition/ injury lies and you will also address core stabilization. In the human body, the core is near the navel where all movement occurs around. The muscles that influence the core are often the muscles that are out-of-balance. The function or dysfunction of these muscles could cause chronic conditions such as, weak abdominals that may contribute to low back pain by allowing the pelvis to be out of alignment. Each day you will learn and participate in simple core strengthening exercises that will help you and your clients to work though the core, be more efficient in movement, and reduce the risk of injuries.

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