Muscle energy and soft tissue techniques for the upper quadrant             

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Audience: OT, COTA, CHT, PT, PTA, ATC
Course level: Introductory-Intermediate
Date: March 23-24, 2013
Check in time: Saturday: 8-8:30
Class time: Saturday: 8:30-5:30 p.m.
                      Sunday: 8-5 p.m.
Location: Fairview Southdale Hospital (This destination may change)
International Room A and B.  6401 France Ave. S., Edina, MN 55435

Course Fee: $350.00

Contact Hours: 15.0

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Terry Bemis, MPT, OT, Cert MDT, MS
has been teaching manual therapy courses since 1992. He graduated from Western Michigan University’s program in Occupational Therapy in 1981 and worked as an OT in the U.S. Army for 3 years before going to PT school. He graduated from the U.S. Army/Baylor University Program in Physical Therapy in 1985 followed by numerous job assignments in the military. He then earned a M.S. in Biomechanics from the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Michigan State University in 1992. It was during this time period that he had the honor of training under Philip Greenman, D.O. Additional certifications include being recognized as an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) by the APTA in 1995 and in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy by the McKenzIe Institute in 2002. Terry retired from the U.S. Army in 1997 after 21 years of service. He then worked in an Orthopedic Physical Therapy clinic for another 8 years in Augusta, GA before moving to Asheville, NC in 2005. He currently works full time for Carepartners Inc., a rehabilitation hospital in Asheville where he provides Physical Therapy for a wide variety of conditions. He is an experienced educator and clinician who enjoys sharing his knowledge with others in a simple and understandable way.

Course description
This lab intensive course presents both Soft Tissue Mobilization (STM) and Muscle Energy Techniques (MET) for the cervical and upper thoracic spines, upper ribs and shoulder regions. The participants will be instructed in the science and principles of these techniques along with an overview of the anatomy and biomechanics of the regions. The laboratory sessions will include demonstration followed by opportunity to practice these hands-on evaluation and treatment techniques under the supervision of your instructor. This course will provide the participant with the understanding and necessary skills to apply these techniques in the clinic environment.

* Identify the principles of STM & MET.

* Demonstrate select STM techniques for the shoulder, cervical-thoracic spine and chest

* Demonstrate select MET to address joint dysfunctions at the upper thoracic spine, the first
rib, the lower and upper cervical spine and the shoulder complex..

* Demonstrate select MET to address muscular imbalances at the neck and shoulder

* Demonstrate select exercises for the regions.

8-8:30 a.m                      Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30-10 a.m.                   Anatomy: Muscles, Fascia & Joint 
                                          -Principles Effects and Physiology of Soft
                                          -Tissue Mobilization (STM) and Muscle 
                                          -Energy Techniques (MET)
10-10:15 a.m.                 BREAK
10:15-11:30 a.m.           Anatomy and Biomechanics of the Cervical and Thoracic Spines and Ribs
11:30-12 p.m.                 Evaluation Process
12-1 p.m.                         LUNCH (on your own)
1-1:30 p.m.                      Demonstration and Practice Labs
                                           -Palpation of Landmarks
1:30-3 p.m.                      MET for the Cervical Spine Lab
3-3:15 p.m.                      BREAK
3:15-5:30 p.m.                MET for the Upper Thoracic Spine Lab
5:30 p.m.                         Q/A and Adjourn

8:00 MET for Upper Ribs Lab
         Elevated First Rib
         External Torsion
         Respiratory Dysfunctions
9:30 Anatomy and Biomechanics of the Shoulder 
        Glenohumeral Joint
        Acromioclavicular Joint
        Sternoclavicular Joint
        Scapulothoracic “Joint”
        Prevention of Acute Shoulder Dysfunction in the Immobile Patient
        Interactive Videos of Shoulder Mechanics
10:00 BREAK
10:15 Demonstration and Practice Labs
           Palpation of Landmarks
           Muscle Length Assessment
           STM for Neck
12:00 LUNCH (on your own)
1:00 Practice Labs Continued
         STM for the Neck, Chest, Upper Back and Shoulder
3:00 BREAK
3:15 MET for Shoulder Girdle Lab
4:00 Home Exercise Program
5:00 Q/A & Adjourn

This course is eligible for American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Approved Provider credit. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products or clinical procedures by AOTA. 

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