Course Category: CMT Micro Modules

Thoracic Facet Dysfunction

In this presentation, we look at mid and upper back pain arising from dysfunctional locking of the Thoracic Facet joints.

The facet joints ‘open’ during spinal flexion and ‘close’ during spinal extension. In side-bending and rotation the Facet joints on one side open as the other side closes. The joint capsules of the intervertebral facets are richly enervated and contain unusually large numbers of mechanoreceptors and nociceptors. The interplay between these specialised nerve endings is critical in improving function and reducing back pain.

This presentation demonstrates key techniques for treating Multifidus, restoring Facet joint function and eliminating Thoracic back pain!

Shoulder Impingement

In this presentation, we look at the muscle dysfunction that causes diminished Subacromial space and contributes to this common pattern of shoulder pain.

The supraspinatus tendon is one of the most commonly painful structures in the shoulder. Surprisingly, despite being symptomatic, it’s not the cause of Subacromial Impingement. As with many chronic pain conditions, the causative muscles are rarely symptomatic.

In this presentation, we discuss the root cause, outline relevant assessments to simplify this seemingly complex condition and demonstrate a dynamic, effective, pain-free treatment approach that yields amazing results!

Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to describe the common muscle imbalances associated with Subacromial Impingement.
Students will be able to list the assessments used to establish the presence of impingement.
Students will be able to describe the principles of treating a client with Subacromial Impingement.

Shin Splints

In this CMT class on Shin splints, we will focus on the local anatomical structures and the common muscle imbalance pattern in the leg that can lead to this chronic injury. To understand the mechanism of dysfunction The first two sections of this presentation will explore the local anatomy, underpinning theory, including rationale, as well as the relevant cautions and contraindications.

The third section of this presentation will cover targeted assessment of this often painful condition. Assessment will inform our fourth section; treatment techniques for restoring extensibility, tissue texture and optimal tone.

In the final section will propose some options for home care, focused on the findings of post-treatment reassessment.

This Corrective Manual Therapy approach will provide a framework, a logical sequence in which to practice while blending seamlessly with all of your existing, highly effective, favourite techniques across multiple modalities.