CE HOURS: 17
Prerequisites: CTB Low Back, Sacral, Gluteal & Pelvic Pain Online Course & Exam, Level 1 or equivalent Thai training, CTB Fundamentals; Functional Anatomy Online or in-person or equivalent training recommended.
This course covers specific Clinical Thai Bodywork treatments for hip, thigh, knee and groin pain. Pain that appears to involve major joints causes clients great concern, and is often misdiagnosed as joint damage or dysfunction. Myofascial trigger points may easily generate pain patterns that cause these concerns, yet the pain can be resolved through the use of CTB techniques by a knowledgeable therapist.
Trigger points in this pain area may lead to diagnoses such as torn meniscus, arthritis, trochanteric bursits, sciatica, and knee and hip joint degeneration as a way to explain the patient's pain. Unfortunately, these diagnoses are often made without sufficient clinical evidence and then lead to procedures that have permanent and damaging consequences, or at best are ineffective.
Hip pain, sciatica, knee pain, IT band dysfunction, groin pain... these are very common complaints that are largely misunderstood by professionals and their clients. People are told to "roll their IT band" and other useless or invasive treatments that fail to provide any real relief, because these approaches fail to recognize the true sources of the pain?. Bodyworkers who understand the network of 24 muscles that can cause pain referral in these areas can have high rates of success, and provide treatments and resolve perpetuating factors in a way that truly and permanently addresses these problems.
Chuck Duff's Clinical Thai Bodywork approach is a unique integration of the best techniques of traditional Thai massage with a deep understanding of trigger point therapy, including common perpetuating factors that set muscles up for dysfunction. Because Chuck has spent years developing the best and most efficient techniques for each muscle, including an extensive repertoire of HandsFree Thai that he has compiled, there is no better modality for dealing with dysfunction in the large muscles of the hips and legs. This area of the body is where Clinical Thai Bodywork truly shines, because the therapist can use full body techniques on these large, often tight muscles to reeducate movement and restore fluidity.
Getting to the heart of Hip, Thigh and Knee pain requires understanding not only basic trigger point referral information, but how muscles collaborate in extensive networks of satellite referral and kinetic chain dysfunction. For example, a severe hyperpronator will often present with hip or leg pain, because the gluteal muscles are highly responsive to gait instability and differences in effective leg length. The therapist must not only treat muscles like the gluteus minimus and quadratus lumborum that set up this network of pain referral, they must also analyze the client's anatomical asymmetries and help the client minimize those effects so the problem doesn't just come back.
To learn more about the true origins of pain in this part of the body, read Chuck's popular article Sciatica, Tight IT Bands and Other Non-Diagnoses, which explodes some of the myths about lateral leg pain. These faulty ideas are present everywhere in our culture, and clients are barraged with unhelpful advice and treatment approaches from their personal trainers, massage therapists, PTs, chiropractors and friends. CTB for Hip, Thigh and Knee Pain will show you how to truly resolve these conditions.
This course gives you a ton of resources to understand how to treat the muscles involved and understand the complex dynamics that tie networks of muscles together. Knowledge is power, and the information we provide in these CTB courses is not available elsewhere. You'll be shocked at how this information will transform your practice.
Prerequisites: Online CTB Hip, Thigh, Knee & Groin Pain and CTB Fundamentals are required. Functional Anatomy is strongly recommended. About prerequisites: these are for the benefit of the whole class and help us to ensure that our limited time is spent as usefully as possible. The online version of this class contains much of the lecture material required and is integral to understanding the in-person material. We cannot cover basic trigger point info and anatomy in these classes and still have time to cover specific pains and treatments. If you do not have this information, you will be at a disadvantage and will be considered an auditing student. Auditing students are expected to OBSERVE ONLY and keep their questions to a minimum, although are welcome and will still benefit from the material.