Advanced Soft Tissue Assessment: Western

Date: Jun 3, 2014 - Jul 15, 2014
Time: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Online bookings are not available for this class, please see registration info below.

Fraser Widdowson
Class One: Tuesday, June 3rd/1pm-5pm
Class Two: Tuesday, June 17th/1pm-5pm
Class Three: Tuesday, July 1st/1pm-5pm
Class Four: Tuesday, July 15th/1pm-5pm
16 CE hour NCBTMB / NYS-certified

Learn to assess muscle pain effectively, evaluate soft tissue injuries, and treat the right muscles. Advanced Soft Tissue Evaluation offers massage therapist practical tools to assess their clients’  painful muscular symptoms.

The course contents have immediate application. The concepts are uncomplicated and are applied with common sense.

Topics will include:

  • Review of joints & muscles for each of the regions covered (leg, ankle, foot, knee, hip, lumbar spine, cervical spine, shoulder girdle/joint, elbow, forearm, wrist, and hand).
  • Overview of the basic concepts & steps involved in evaluation of soft tissue injury.

Soft tissue evaluation will be based upon:

  • patient history
  • patient observation
  • active range of motion (AROM)
  • passive range of motion (PROM)
  • muscle length tests (MLTs)
  • resisted isometric tests (RITs) &  special tests.

Each class will begin with a whiteboard review of the structure & function of the joints relevant to that particular lesson. The muscles that cross those joints will be reviewed.

Information will be presented in schematic form – list form & where possible – muscles will be drawn upon skin.

Each lesson will involve lecture with handouts, hands-on demonstration, student hands-on time, and review of information taught.

The stages of healing – acute – sub-acute & chronic will be discussed. The characteristics of the stages of healing will be explained in the context of – History – Observation – AROM – PROM – MLTs & RITs. The findings of RITs will be correlated with the extent and characteristics of injured tissues–tendonitis, ligament sprains, and nerve injuries.

Students will be taught some special tests relevant to the region covered in a particular lesson.
Special tests will include tests for menisci – nerves – ligaments – etc. The students will taught how to perform and interpret these tests and to know when to refer out.

At the end of this course students will be able to:

1. Identify the stage of healing.

2. Know when massage therapy is contraindicated.

3. Identify extent of injury and whether to refer out.

4. Know when to treat with massage therapy.

5. Describe difference between injuries to contractile and non-

contractile tissue.

6. Stretch most skeletal muscles in the body.

fraserFRASER WIDDOWSON graduated from the Swedish Institute in 1997 and has been teaching since 1999. He teaches Anatomy & Physiology at NYU surgical technology program, Assessment of Soft Tissue conditions at Swedish Institute massage therapy program, and Anatomy & Physiology in their Advanced Personal training program. He is a registered radiologic technologist and a licensed massage therapist.

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