Detailed overview of the Structural Injury Work Classes
The intent of these classes is to make a connection
between structural deviations and pain and injury. The techniques used
are a combination of injury testing, structural assessment, myofascial
techniques and cranial movement in the tissues. This class is fairly
high-paced and relies on a fair amount of anatomical and structural
knowledge. Some training in structural assessment, familiarity with
injury testing and exposure to feeling cranial/visceral/whole body
tissue movements would be helpful.
Day 1 – The Foot and Lower Leg
Here we have injury testing and range of motion for the foot and ankle, discussion of common tendon and joint injuries and myofascial and mobilization techniques to improve the alignment and functional use of the lower leg and foot.
Day 2 – The Knee and Thigh
Again we have injury testing for the knee and specific palpation of the knee ligaments with discussion of the common injuries and alignment problems associated with the knee. In addition there are myofascial techniques for the knee and thigh.
Day 3 – The Hip and Pelvis
For the hip and pelvis we have some hip testing for ROM and injury as well as pelvic alignment assessment and treatment. The usual myofascial technique follows.
Day 4 – The Abdomen and Lumbar Spine
After the anatomy, structure and injury lecture we will look at bony position of the sacrum and lumbar spine and treat. Myofascial work above the pelvis in the abdomen ensues. Some attention to visceral issues will be included.
Day 5 – The Ribcage and Thoracic Spine
For most massage practitioners the ribcage can be a difficult place to get results. Over the years I’ve accumulated many techniques involving rib and spine mobilization and alignment that will be a large focus as well as treatment to the soft tissues inside and outside of the ribcage.
Day 6 – The Shoulder
Back to testing for the shoulder and this will be accompanied by some specific palpation of the rotator cuff tendons. Then we will treat the shoulder girdle with myofascial techniques.
Day 7 – The Arm
The arm is less often treated in a structural sense despite its incredible importance for our function in the world. We will do a mix of myofascial and neural mobilization techniques. Some testing information will also be available.
Day 8 – The Neck and Head
Mastery of neck work can be hard to achieve and we will
work for one more step in that direction with specific palpation and
mobilization techniques including the smaller and more difficult