Video Course: Where It Is, It Isn't: Successfully Treating Lower Back Pain
Have you or your clients experienced low-back pain? Chances are high that you both have. Experts estimate that as much as 80% of the population will experience a back problem at some point in their lives. This dynamic and fun course focuses on understanding the many competing forces that pull on the pelvis and how each contributes to lower back pain. Join Eric to learn Intelligent Deep-Tissue Massage techniques for seven areas of the body that can contribute to this common condition. You’ll be able to immediately apply the concepts and techniques from this course to your work with clients with pain in the low back.
This course was featured during the 2018 ABMP CE Summit: Common Client Conditions.
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- Introduction and General Concepts
- Therapeutic Relationship and Presence
- Stress, Pain, and Pressure
- Body Mechanics
- Prone Techniques: lower back, lower back with passive movement, erector spinae and quadratus lumborum with active movement, stretch with active movement, gluteus muscle group, hamstrings, plantar foot, iliotibial band
- Supine Techniques: ankle joint mobilization, plantar foot with passive and active movement, rectus femoris with active movement, psoas with active movement
Having viewed the online massage therapy technique CE course, participants will be able to:
- Describe how interconnected fascial planes contribute to lower back pain.
- Explain the stress/pain/pressure cycle.
- List massage techniques to address lower back pain with the client in the prone position for the quadratus lumborum, glutes, hamstrings, ITT band, and plantar foot muscles.
- List massage techniques to address lower back pain with the client in the supine position for the quadratus, psoas, and plantar foot muscles.
Eric Stephenson is chief wellness officer for Elements Massage, one of the largest providers of massage therapy in the United States. Eric creates continuing education focused on career longevity for massage schools, spas, and professional organizations, and specializes in teaching deep-tissue massage that doesn't harm the therapist or the client. All of his workshops focus on saving your hands with his "No Thumbs!" approach and Core Body Mechanics that help prolong your career. Over the course of his career, Eric has worked with some of the most respected names in the wellness industry throughout the United States, Canada, Asia, and the Caribbean. He currently sits on the Board of Directors for the International Spa Association. Learn more at www.imassageinc.com.
Topics and Techniques
This hands-on massage therapy CE course from Eric Stephenson teaches techniques and stretches for seven different areas of the body that impact the low back. Techniques incorporate stretching, active movement, and passive movement. Prone techniques include lower back massage, lower back with passive movement, erector spinae and quadratus lumborum with active movement, superwoman stretch with active movement, gluteus muscle group, hamstrings, plantar foot, and iliotibial band. Supine techniques include ankle joint mobilization, plantar foot with passive and active movement, rectus femoris with active movement, psoas with active movement. All techniques are taught with special consideration for optimal body mechanics.
This online massage therapy CE course is available to you on demand to access, learn, and earn CE whenever and wherever it’s most convenient for you!
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Is this massage CE course approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) for CE credit?
Yes! All of the courses are approved under ABMP’s NCBTMB Approved Provider account (451086-09).
How do I earn a CE certificate for this video-based course?
After you complete the webinar video, a quiz will appear on the page. Earn a CE certificate by scoring 70% or higher on the course quiz.
How do I access my CE certificates?
CE certificates are available on your “My CE Transcripts” page and on the course page. Visit your “My CE Transcript” page by clicking “My CE” on the navigation bar at the top of your screen.
"Wonderful information. Diverse techniques and the body mechanic suggestions were excellent."
"Chock full of techniques that can be immediately used in practice. I really appreciated the attention to body mechanics."
"I love learning from Eric! He has a wonderfully open and caring approach with a lot of practical knowledge."
"Outstanding! Very clear and detailed explanations and great information on body mechanics."
"I appreciated the anatomy refresher along with the techniques and body mechanics. I will definitely use what I learned in future sessions."