Lumbar, Sciatic and Psoas Pain: Causes and Treatments

Date: Apr 14, 2016
Time: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

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Anthony Guglielmo, LMT







Early Bird Price: $250 (Register by March 14th)
Regular Price: $280
7 CE hour NCBTMB / NYS-certified

Many therapists who treat low back pain have realized that it is one of the most common issues that their clients deal with and can be quite complex. This course encompasses a diverse range of soft tissue techniques and self-help care used in treating incapacitating pain of the lower body. The goal is to demonstrate these techniques and teach participants how they can assist their clients.

The quadratus lumborum, although small in size, has demonstrated that it can make a big impact on how the low back is able to function. As it tightens, pulling on the ASIS, it can cause the gluteal muscles, the 6 lateral rotators, the hamstrings and calf muscles all to “fight” back. 

Sciatica refers to pain that radiates along the path of the sciatic nerve, which travels from your lower back through your hips, buttocks and down each leg; back, front and side. Typically, sciatica affects only one side of your body. Sciatica is a set of symptoms that may be caused by numerous issues including general compression and/or irritation of one of the five spinal nerve roots.  When the psoas and illiacus muscles tighten up due to injuries, poor posture, long-term sitting, improper ergonomics or even stress, it can affect the structure and function of the pelvis and lumbar, thoracic, and even cervical vertebrae causing pain and limiting movements. 

Since the lumbar muscles, psoas, illiacus and sciatic nerve can be affected merely by the ways we stand, sit, and walk and ultimately affect our ability to perform normal daily functions, it essential that we as massage therapists recognize these muscles and the varied ways we can bring stability and restoration to our clients. 

anthonygAnthony Guglielmo, LMT is a graduate of the Swedish Institute. He has been a Nationally Certified Therapist since 1995 and a NYS Licensed Massage Therapist since 1996. His practice includes working with several MDs and physicians handling a variety of medical conditions. He has been a guest lecturer to medical students and professors at Cornell University and Tufts University discussing the benefits of massage therapy. Anthony is also the author of medical papers and the internationally selling book The Walrus on My Table, discussing his experiences of the effects of massage therapy on animals. In addition to his private practice he is a partner with Cancer Treatment Centers of America working with those dealing with and surviving cancer. Anthony has been providing continuing education classes on a variety of topics for the past 8 years to help pass on the knowledge he has gained over the past 20+ years and nearly 39,000 treatments.

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