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Massage Techniques for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome – David Morin – Health Matters Seminars

 


Did you know that Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is the #1 U.S. Workers Compensation Claim?  

Every year more than half a million people in the U.S. undergo carpal tunnel release surgeries.

Hello and Welcome to Health Matters Seminars. I’m David Morin. I’ve been an Approved Provider of CE Courses in Medical Massage Therapy since 2001.

A number of experts believe that release surgery is performed too often. Before choosing surgery, The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons recommends conservative treatment for up to 7 weeks, including the use of splints, anti-inflammatory agents and physical therapy.

So often PT centers on squeezing a ball of putty to strenthen the flexors. In my experience strenthing an already overused and inflamed muscle group is counter productive.

Better to stretch the overused flexors by opening the hand against gentle resistance, like a rubber band.

Massaging the wrist and finger flexors towards the heart as the client opens her hand is the most successful treatment I have found.

A massage therapist who applies the appropriate assessments, and manual therapy techniques and teaches remedial exercises can really provide a valuable service to carpal tunnel patients.

Exercise by progressively opening the hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder.

In addition to the forearm flexors we treat the entire musculature of the arm and shoulder to insure a successful outcome. As with so many overuse injuries, if we can begin treatment early in the onset of symptoms the chance of avoiding surgery increases.

In general, patients with the following characteristics are less likely to respond to conservative treatment and are more likely candidates for surgery:

* Symptoms lasting 10 months or longer

* Continual numbness

* Muscles in the base of the palm have begun to shrink

* Symptoms occur within 30 seconds during a Phalen’s test

* Above 50 years of age

Against all odds, properly applied manual therapy and remedial care often has a positive outcome.

To the graduates of our MMT Course II, Upper Extremity Pain and Dysfunction,

I’d like to hear from you. What’s been your experience treating Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

I’m David Morin, for Health Matter Seminars.

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Join The Call w/ David Morin May 2nd

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David Morin explains how the Clothes On, No Oil Approach to Medical Massage Therapy is appropriate for Massage in a Clinical Setting

Massage with Clothes On and No Oil also solves modesty issues and opens up the valuable side lying position for superior treatment.

Medical Massage Therapy in my view follows the classic clinical model and combines physical assessment tests with the application of a variety of hands-on techniques, and finishes with teaching remedial exercises for the client to perform at home.

Hello and Welcome to Health Matters Seminars
I’m David Morin. I’ve been an Approved Provider of CE Courses in Medical Massage Therapy since 2001.

In a clinical setting, I find it easier to work through clothing and use little or no oil. Doing away with draping and working with No-Oil on a Clothed Client enhances mobility, I can easily get them up off the table, moving that arm or leg to see if the treatment I’m giving is having an effect on their pain.

Clothes on resolves room temperature issues and modesty issues. There are many people with negative body issues who would never consider a massage where they had to disrobe. There’s not many medical professionals that do any kind of treatment in an unclothed situation without someone else in the room, so clothes-on brings a more professional, clinical focus to your practice.

And most importantly it opens access to the very valuable side-lying position where draping can be a real problem. The sidelying position facilitates so many advantages. I can use pillows to prop up legs and arms to really get the muscles on slack for deeper work with less pressure from me.

I can access trigger points and deliver sustained pressure without me having to contort myself to reach them. This is a real enhancement to the longevity to your career when you don’t tax your own body to give the most effective treatment.

And no oil. Come on, no mess, no clean up, it’s a treat for the therapist.

I request clients to wear an oversized all cotton t-shirt with either short or long sleeves. Well worn cotton is like skin and provides traction for direct pressure with no slippage due to oil or lotion. Yoga pants or sweat pants are ideal too. No denim

I’m sure you’ll find the clothes-on no oil approach is really liberating to your work. To the graduates of our courses, I ask you, how has the clothes-on, no-oil approach enhanced your Medical Massage Practice?

I'm David Morin for Health Matter Seminars.

 

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Massage Techniques for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome - David Morin - Health Matters Seminars

 


Did you know that Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is the #1 U.S. Workers Compensation Claim?  

Every year more than half a million people in the U.S. undergo carpal tunnel release surgeries.

Hello and Welcome to Health Matters Seminars. I’m David Morin. I’ve been an Approved Provider of CE Courses in Medical Massage Therapy since 2001.

A number of experts believe that release surgery is performed too often. Before choosing surgery, The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons recommends conservative treatment for up to 7 weeks, including the use of splints, anti-inflammatory agents and physical therapy.

So often PT centers on squeezing a ball of putty to strenthen the flexors. In my experience strenthing an already overused and inflamed muscle group is counter productive.

Better to stretch the overused flexors by opening the hand against gentle resistance, like a rubber band.

Massaging the wrist and finger flexors towards the heart as the client opens her hand is the most successful treatment I have found.

A massage therapist who applies the appropriate assessments, and manual therapy techniques and teaches remedial exercises can really provide a valuable service to carpal tunnel patients.

Exercise by progressively opening the hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder.

In addition to the forearm flexors we treat the entire musculature of the arm and shoulder to insure a successful outcome. As with so many overuse injuries, if we can begin treatment early in the onset of symptoms the chance of avoiding surgery increases.

In general, patients with the following characteristics are less likely to respond to conservative treatment and are more likely candidates for surgery:

* Symptoms lasting 10 months or longer

* Continual numbness

* Muscles in the base of the palm have begun to shrink

* Symptoms occur within 30 seconds during a Phalen's test

* Above 50 years of age

Against all odds, properly applied manual therapy and remedial care often has a positive outcome.

To the graduates of our MMT Course II, Upper Extremity Pain and Dysfunction,

I’d like to hear from you. What's been your experience treating Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

I'm David Morin, for Health Matter Seminars.

morin bite carpal

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Upper Body Intensive MAUI, HAWAII APRIL 8 – 15 2015

To register call: 808 344-6944

Learn Medical Massage Therapy in Paradise!
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MMT I, II and III taught together
in a
6 day Intensive,
representing 52 CE hours
towards the 100 hour
MMT Certification
Program.

 Make plans early to allow yourself time to secure accommodation.

 

Course Schedule:
April 8 & 9 MMT I Cervical Spine
April 10 Day off on your own.
April 11 & 12 MMT II Upper Extremity
April 13 Day off on your own.
April 14 & 15 MMT III Thoracic Spine & Torso

Tuition:
$1000 if paid by March 8th

$1100 after March 8th
Attend individual courses for $350 each.

To register call: 808 344-6944

Instructor:  David Morin, LMT

NCBTMB Approved
52 CE hours
of advanced clinical
massage therapy training.

Ideal for LMT’s, PTA’s, OTA’s.

Includes illustrated course manual
and a DVD for each of the
three courses.

Accommodations on your own.

Clothes on protocols, with no thumb work.

 

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Each seminar comes with a detailed, illustrated manual and DVD of Hands-On Techniques.

 

 

 
MEDICAL MASSAGE THERAPY I

 

Cervical Spine Pain & Dysfunction
 
Beginning with a review of functional anatomy, you will learn systematic treatment protocols for every major soft tissue condition in the head and neck. You will learn orthopedic assessment skills, trigger point techniques to eliminate referred pain and myofascial techniques to effectively treat conditions including:

 

 

  • Headaches
  • Temporomandibular Pain
  • Whiplash
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
  • Myofascial Pain Syndrome
  • Facet Joint Syndrome

MEDICAL MASSAGE THERAPY II

 

Upper Extremity Pain & Dysfunction
 

Beginning with a review of functional anatomy and pathophysiology, you will learn systematic treatment protocols for every major soft tissue condition in the upper extremity. You will learn orthopedic assessment skills, trigger point techniques to eliminate referred pain and myofascial techniques to effectively treat conditions including:

  • Rotator Cuff Syndrome
  • Wartenberg’s Syndrome
  • Lateral & Medial Epicondylitis
  • Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Guyon’s Canal Syndrome

 

 

 

 

Sidelying Upper Arm Glide
 
MEDICAL MASSAGE THERAPY IIIThoracic Spine & Torso Pain & DysfunctionBeginning with a review of functional anatomy, you will learn systematic treatment protocols for every major soft tissue condition in the thoracic spine and torso. You will learn orthopedic assessment skills, trigger point techniques to eliminate referred pain and myofascial techniques to effectively treat conditions including:
  • Scoliosis
  • Kyphosis
  • Facet Joint Syndrome
  • Intercostal Neuralgia
  • Hiatal Hernia
  • Myofascial Chest Wall Syndromes
  • Costosternal Syndrome
  • Sternalis Syndrome
  • Xiphoidalgia
  • Lower Rib Syndromes
  • Nerve Root Irritation & Compression
  • Restricted Breathing
  Stay longer or head for home!

You may register for individual courses-tuition $350.

Lodging and car rental is on your own

yet we know of some possibilities.

Let us know your needs for lodging & car rental.

The only hotels within 15 miles are $170 & up/night.

Our classroom will be a covered deck at a private estate

overlooking Wailea Bay including Molokini & Ka’o’olawe. Located in Maui Meadows above Kihei, we will

enjoy the airy yet nicely shaded views of the Pacific Ocean.

Five minutes from Keawakapu Beach.

Plan now for an exciting adventure!!

To register or ask questions, please call David 808 879-1077

Get Certified in Medical Massage Therapy

As usual our students say it best:

Certification in Medical Massage Therapy. NCBTMB Certificate, CE Hours in Clinical Massage. Get Certified as a practitioner of Medical Massage Therapy. 

I’m David Morin and I created these courses to develop and enhance the clinical skills of practicing massage therapists and other health care professionals engaged in soft tissue injury rehabilitation.

Medical Massage Therapy has been defined by some as massage either prescribed by a physician or massage performed in a physician’s office. While both of these conditions may exist, it is my belief and experience that Medical Massage Therapy includes any massage performed with a desired clinical outcome while honoring any contraindications. Settings may include office, home, home visit, spa, or athletic venue. The trend is that most clinically oriented massage therapists seek an umbrella large enough to cover the scope of their skills.

Medical Massage Therapy offers an ideal umbrella. To even begin to fit into the medical model requires excellent manual technique in addition to comprehensive assessment and documentation, communications with physicians and impeccable ethics. Acceptance also means that doctors and patients realize that the Medical Massage Therapist fills a gap in our health care system- high quality hands on soft tissue manipulation.

We have a unique opportunity to perform an essential role in injury rehabilitation that has been overlooked and ignored by several specialties. In 30 years of practice, my quest has been to promote the acceptance of highly skilled massage therapists by the medical community as well as the general public. As an instructor, my mission is to inspire you to join this quest and to provide you with some of the tools with which to make it reality.

Continuing education plays a critical role in NCBTMB’s recertification program. In fact, nationally certified practitioners re-certify every four years, and those who select the CE option are required to earn credits from an NCBTMB Approved Provider. This ensures that certificants receive quality instruction of the highest standards.

David C. Morin, BA, LMT, RMTI is an Approved Provider of The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork