This course reviews and applies the Biopsychosocial Model to soft tissue treatment. The purpose is to consider the whole person with hands-on care, providing opportunities to advance a primarily passive technique into an engaging treatment. Multiple massages and soft tissue mobilization ideas will be discussed and a framework for treatment will be provided along with the practical application of techniques. Additionally, adjunctive treatment modalities will be discussed to further enrich hands-on care. This course will be part lecture and part laboratory.
Hands-on care is an important part of healthcare and rehabilitation. Therapists value the skills they have learned but it is difficult to separate the skill, the effect, and the explanation. Over time, the theories behind many manual techniques are disputed leading to practitioners having to either deny the research or negate their training. By changing focus from the specificity of our skills towards the dynamic nature of the patient, we can improve our value to the patient in front of us.
Course Target Audience: Physical Therapists, Athletic Trainers, Occupational Therapists, Chiropractors, Physical and Occupational Therapist Assistants, Massage Therapists, Osteopaths, Physicians, Rehabilitation Professional Students
- Review history and understanding of massage therapy and soft tissue mobilization.
- Understand the basics of pain science and the Biopsychosocial Model.
- Critique the difference between traditional structure-based massage application vs massage from a biopsychosocial perspective.
- Learn the application of massage techniques from a force variability perspective.
- Demonstrate at least two skills to improve practitioner tolerance to massage/soft tissue mobilization.
- Demonstrate application of at least one adjunctive skill to massage/soft tissue mobilization.
David J. Schwarz has education and experience in physical therapy, massage therapy, and administration. As a multifaceted professional he has over 9 years of healthcare experience in multiple service settings and capacities with a passion for facilitating healthy aging, caring for persons with persisting conditions, improving quality of life for people with physical and mental health issues, and utilizing manual therapy techniques for recovery and functional improvements. He has been involved in multiple areas of the Michigan Physical Therapy Association including the MPTA Oncology Rehab SIG and the MPTA Pain SIG. He lives and practices in the Greater Grand Rapids, MI area.
Course Pricing Information
- Licensed Clinicians$250
- Students/1st-Year Licensed$225
This course is pending approval by The Michigan Physical Therapy Association for Physical Therapists and Physical Therapy Assistants for 7.5 CEUs and is eligible for PDR credit in the area of pain and symptom management for Michigan Physical Therapy Licensure.
Dynamic Principles, LLC (BOC AP#: P10134) is approved by the Board of Certification, Inc. to provide continuing education to Athletic Trainers.
Current Scheduled Courses
July 13, 2019 | Grand Rapids MI – Click HERE to register now!
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Cancellation and Refund Policy
Cancellations received at least 7 business days before the event are 100% refundable. There will be no refund for cancellations received later. If participants register and do not attend, they are still responsible for full payment. Participants will need to contact Dynamic Principles, LLC. via phone or email with a request for refund. Dynamic Principles, LLC. will process the participant’s refund within 3-5 business days from the day the request is received.