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Naturopathic Doctor

Soft Tissue Injuries 119
Treatments for Soft Tissues of the Musculoskeletal Frame


Hour 1:

  • Comprehend the human frame as interrelated biomechanical systems.
  • Relate the functional anatomy of soft tissue structures to the movement of the human frame.
  • Discern the six types of soft tissue end feel for evaluation of injury.
  • Perform passive and active examination according to protocol developed by James Cyriax, MD.
  • Distinguish between the types of injury and their effects on the soft tissues.

Hour 2:

  • Identify soft tissue changes associated with injury.
  • Discern which phase of healing is associated with the current presentation of injury.
  • Apply mechanisms of healing to treatment protocol.
  • Discuss diagnostic tools used to identify soft tissue injury.
  • Utilize appropriate ice, heat and stretch protocols in the treatment of soft tissue injury.

Hour 3:

  • Explain and perform Somatic Technique and Strain/Counterstrain.
  • Understand friction anesthesia and palpatory methods for identifying trigger points.
  • Differentiate between Postisometric Relaxation and Postfacilitation Stretch.
  • Apply specific modalities for particular soft tissue injury patterns.
  • Perform soft tissue restriction release methods.

Hour 4:

  • Discern between mobilization and manipulation.
  • Apply biomechanics of foot arch function to injury.
  • Explain dynamic changes of foot during weight bearing, and walking on even and uneven surfaces.
  • Utilize treatment protocols for common ankle sprains.
  • Perform osseous manipulation to the bones of the foot and ankle.

Hour 5:

  • Perform Strain/Counterstrain on the foot and ankle as an effective tool to release spasm and fixations.
  • Discern and treat various pathological conditions related to the knee.
  • Utilize myofascial release techniques to treat entrapment syndromes of the lower extremity.
  • Explain functional movement of the hip.
  • Apply functional kinesiology to the evaluation and treatment of the muscles associated with the hip.

Hour 6:

  • Utilize treatment methods for contracted soft tissues of the lateral hip.
  • Perform treatment protocols for the hamstrings/quadratus femoris.
  • Explain the dynamics of correct posture.
  • Recognize normal versus abnormal gait in patient observation.
  • Describe nutation and counternutation of the pelvis.

Hour 7:

  • Understand the various movements and fixations patterns in the Sacroiliac joints.
  • Perform Strain/Counterstrain for the pelvis.
  • Utilize a disc pump correction for mild to moderate disc lesions.
  • Demonstrate James Cyriax MD protocol from manipulation of the low back.
  • Devise a treatment protocol for sprain of the iliolumbar ligament.

Hour 8:

  • Apply movement dynamics of the lumbopelvic spine to soft tissue injury.
  • Utilize chest movement dynamics to help determine injury to the thoracic spine and rib cage.
  • Provide affective treatment of the rib cage specific to rib articulations.
  • Perform somatic Technique to the trapezius muscle for muscle awareness.
  • Apply treatments to soft tissues of the rib cage without using electric modalities.

Hour 9:

  • Discuss cervical spine mechanics as it applies to soft tissue injury.
  • Create muscle awareness of the cervical extensor group with Somatic Technique.
  • Reduce pain and spasm in an acute cervical spine injury using Strain/Counterstrain.
  • Apply myofascial release to the soft tissues of the posterior cervico-thoracic spine.
  • Educate the patient on corrective scoliosis exercises.

Hour 10:

  • Relate the functional anatomy of the TMJ to soft tissue injury.
  • Discern between Acute Closed lock and Acute Open Lock of the TMJ.
  • Apply soft tissue treatments to the muscles of the TMJ.
  • Use movement dynamics of the shoulder to better evaluate injury.
  • Utilize a variety of soft tissue treatment in the treatment of adhesive capsulitis of the shoulder.

Hour 11:

  • Differentially diagnose acromioclavicular joint injury and apply treatment to grades 1-3.
  • Use soft tissue methods to treat the muscles of the rotator cuff.
  • Discern and treat soft tissue structures related to the scapula.
  • Perform a scapula mobilization technique to free up the functional scapulo-thoracic joint.
  • Apply mechanisms of throwing to soft tissue injury and treatment.

Hour 12:

  • Describe various soft tissue treatments for the elbow, wrist and hand and related functional dynamics of injury.
  • Osseously manipulate the joints of the elbow, wrist and hand.
  • Perform soft tissue treatment methods for injury to the myofascia associated with the upper extremity.
  • Discern and treat all injured tendon sheath components of the wrist using soft tissue treatment methods.
  • Differentially diagnose and treat nerve entrapment syndromes for the upper extremity.

Linda Simon, DC

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