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Presenter:  Tom Ockler, PT

May 2017

Northwest Hospital Main Campus and Outpatient Center/Seattle, WA

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TIPI:  Tapping into the Primal Instinct for the Reversal of Central Sensitization and Chronic Pain

Wednesday May 17, 2017


M1:   Muscle Energy Technique for the Pelvis, Sacrum, Lumbar Spine, and Hip Muscles

Thursday and Friday May 18-19, 2017

 

M2:  Muscle Energy Technique for the Ribs, Upper Extremity, Thoracic, and Cervical Spine

Saturday and Sunday May 20-21, 2017


TIPI:             $245 prior to May 5/$265 on or after May 6, 2017.  

                     $225 If registering together with either  M1 or M2 up to May 5, 2017.

M1 or M2:  $599 prior to April 15/$615 on or after May 6, 2017

Both M1 and M2 Courses:  $580 each course prior to May 5/$615 each course on or after May 6, 2017.  


Contact Hours:  TIPI:  8; M1 16; and M2 16​

Who Should Attend:  Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapist Assistants, Athletic Trainers, Licensed Massage Practitioners, and Chiropractors.  All levels of clinical competancy are welcome.


  • Please Note: Courses may be taken in any order i.e.:  M2 or ​​M4 may be taken before M1​. 
  • Register Early:  Our Muscle Energy continuing education courses tend to fill quickly.  ​​

​​​​Date/Location
​Online Registration
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​Course Details
​M1
Seattle, WA



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​M2​​
Seattle, WA


Registration Form Muscle Energy May 17-21 2017 Seattle WA.pdf
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T.I.P.I.
Seattle, WA


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Therapist Feedback from prior Muscle Energy courses:

"I took this course from another instructor several years ago and Tom's course is so much easier to understand".

"I really like how practical this course is.  I am looking forward to using it in the clinic this upcoming week".

"GREAT course!  Tom is an excellent speaker and so knowledgeable"!

"Wow!  I have learned so much over the last two days"!

"Thank you for so much for spending the time to compress vast knowledge into easy to use forms and sharing it with us."​

 

Muscle Energy Technique:

Muscle Energy Technique is one of the most effective and valuable manual techniques for the identification and correction of somatic asymmetry and hypomobility. Fred Mitchell Sr. D.O. who is considered one of the patriarchs of Muscle Energy Technique, was a pioneer in forward thinking as he searched to develop an alternative to manipulative therapies. These techniques have been refined over the years and are even more accurate, efficient and effective than in their original form. These techniques can be used immediately to find and correct the causes of all types of pain. These are not cover up procedures, but rather, techniques that cure the problem with dramatic results.

Muscle Energy is based on EVIDENCE BASED NEURO-PHYSIOLOGY that the joints are held out of place by muscles which have too much tone.  The technique positions the joint in the direction of restriction of motion and recalibrates the precise muscle spindles which are holding the bone in a less than optimal position.  The muscle returns to normal resting length, tone and excitability thus allowing the joint to return to the normal position.  By re-calibrating the spindle and correcting the cause of the dysfunction, the techniques will correct all types of biomechanical / orthopedic problems.  Each two-day course involves a mix of theory, demonstration and hands on practice. Actual evaluation and treatments will be performed by each participant using the methods learned.  Plenty of time is allotted for hands on practice as well as questions and discussion.

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This is a BOC (Board of Athletic Trainer) approved course

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M1 Course Objectives-M1:   Muscle Energy Technique for the Pelvis, Sacrum, Lumbar Spine, and Hip Muscles

  • List and articulate the basic concepts of muscles as they relate to the somatic dysfunctions.
  • Articulate in group discussion at least 3-4 advantages of M.E.T. vs other manual techniques.
  • Describe to treatment partner muscle spindle structure as well as its neuro-faciliatory functions.
  • Demonstrate palpation of a "barrier" and understand the physiologic significance.
  • Identify gait / stance asymmetries as they relate to somatic dysfunction.
  • Demonstrate palpation of basic bony landmarks of the Pelvis, Sacrum and Lumbar spine.
  • Evaluate for and Discuss Finding of asymmetry and hypo-mobility of the Pelvis, Sacrum, and Lumbar spine.
  • Decide on a proper sequence for treating a variety of somatic asymmetries and discuss in small group
  • Perform basic Muscle Energy Techniques for the Pelvis, Sacrum, and Lumbar spine.
  • Be able to dialog with patients about perpetuating factors and intercourse precautions.
  • Demonstrate basic stabilization exercises for pelvic, sacral and lumbar dysfunctions.
  • Describe what aspects of patient care you will do differently due to this course.

M2 Course Objectives-M2:  Muscle Energy Technique for the Ribs, Upper Extremity, Thoracic, and Cervical Spine

  • List and articulate the basic concepts of muscles as they relate to the somatic dysfunctions.
  • Articulate in group discussion at least 3-4 advantages of M.E.T. vs other manual techniques.
  • Describe to treatment partner muscle spindle structure as well as its neuro-faciliatory functions.
  • Demonstrate palpation of a "barrier" and understand the physiologic significance.
  • Identify gait / stance asymmetries as they relate to somatic dysfunction.
  • Demonstrate palpation of basic bony landmarks of the Ribs, Shoulder, Thoracic / Cervical Spine.
  • Differentiate between Vertebral Artery, Upper Cervical Stability Testing and BPPV
  • Evaluate for and Discuss Findings of asymmetry and hypo-mobility of the Ribs, Shoulder, Thoracic and Cervical Spine.
  • Decide on a proper sequence for treating a variety of somatic asymmetries and discuss in small group.
  • Perform basic Muscle Energy Techniques for the Ribs, Shoulder, Thoracic / Cervical Spine.
  • Be able to dialog with patients about perpetuating factors and Upper Cross Pattern.
  • Demonstrate basic stabilization exercises for Ribs, Shoulder, Thoracic / Cervical Spine.
  • Describe what aspects of patient care you will do differently due to this course.

TIPI Course Objectives:  TIPI: Tapping into the Primal Instinct for the Reversal of Central Sensitization & Chronic Pain

  • Describe the extent of the growing epidemic of chronic pain
  • Describe and differentiate between pain and chronic pain
  • Describe the differences between biomechanical model and biopsycho-social model of pain
  • Describe the difference between pain receptors and nocireceptors
  • Describe the basic pain pathways from receptor into the brain
  • Describe the basic mechanisms of central sensitization
  • Understand the development of the human brain over time through lecture presentation
  • Attend lecture and participate in discussion of the basic parts of the human brain’s limbic system and their interrelated functions
  • Attend lecture on the basic history of the development of EFT
  • List several of the alternative names for EFT
  • Discuss the short falls of the original theory of energy shift in explaining EFT
  • List reasons why digital acupoint stimulation is effective on chronic pain
  • Discuss with small group after lecture the link between treating negative emotions and chronic pain
  • Perform basic acupuncture points stimulation to eliminate chronic pain
  • Articulate the variations of acupoint stimulation and what they are used for
  • Be able to perform the basic recipe of digital acupoint tapping and some variations on painful conditions

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Thomas K. Ockler, PT

Thomas K. Ockler P.T. received his B.S. P.T. from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1978. In his 32 plus years of uninterrupted clinical practice, Tom has focused much of his attention on the correction of somatic dysfunctions using Non-Manipulative Manual Therapy Techniques. He has extensive teaching experience including a month in Australia, throughout the United States and Canada. His background in bio-mechanics along with orthotic fabrication has been integrated with NON-MANIPULATIVE TECHNIQUES to find cures for difficult musculo-skeletal disorders.

In 1999, Tom founded Alternative HealthCare Solutions, a solo practice devoted to the identification and correction of the most stubborn and complicated somatic dysfunctions. His practice draws patients from all over the USA as well as Canada and Europe. As a teacher, Tom has earned the nick-name "The Patch Adams of Physical Therapy" due to his unique style of, injecting humor into complicated subjects. He has developed teaching methods that explain very complicated subjects in easily understandable formats. Tom's four books and two DVDs MET I for Pelvis, Sacrum, Lumbar Spine and Lower Extremities, MET II for Ribs, Upper Extremity, Cervical and Thoracic Spine, MET III: The All External Evaluation and Treatment of Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome, and MET IV: Rotten to the Core have been hailed as the most user friendly, useful instructional manuals ever.  To preview or order manuals or DVDs Go to:  www.tomocklerpt.com


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