2018 Classes

ASSESSMENT OF THE WALK CYCLE AND LOWER EXTREMITY FOR THE MANUAL THERAPIST
March 16-18, 2018

The goal of this class is to present concepts of how the body uses ground forces in the kinetic chain, and produces motion in the walk cycle. We will cover the fascial planes and how they transmit forces from the ground to the cranium.

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INTEGRATED UPPER EXTREMITY IN SPORT AND WORKPLACE
February 23-25, 2018

Integrated function of the cervical and thoracic, scapular, clavicular and costal structures will be addressed in lecture and laboratory sessions. Integrated biomechanics, anatomy and embryology will be discussed in relation to dysfunction patterning in the work place and sports activities.

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UNSTRETCHABLES REVISITED
January 19-21, 2018

This class will continue to separate the myth from the facts about when, why, and how to deal with flexibility and motion restriction problems.

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2017 Classes

A MANUAL THERAPY APPROACH TO TREATING DISORDERS OF THE TRIGEMINAL, SYMPATHETIC AND VAGAL INTERFACE AS SEEN IN COMMON PAIN PATTERNS AND INFLAMMATORY CONDITIONS
December 8-10, 2017

The trigeminal, sympathetic and vagus nerve are interconnected in dealing with systemic inflammatory conditions. New research points to the sympathetic arm of this triad being more problematic in inflammatory conditions.

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A MANUAL THERAPY APPROACH TO TREATING DISORDERS OF THE REPRODUCTIVE PELVIS
November 3-5, 2017

For the reproductive pelvis to be in good health it has to have appropriate physiological motion of the sacrum and illium including the coccyx. The coccyx, bladder, uterus and supporting ligaments will be addressed in both lecture and lab. Embryology of the areas are also discussed regarding why pain presentation can and will be varied.

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INTEGRATED UPPER EXTREMITY IN SPORT AND WORKPLACE
October 20-22, 2017

Integrated function of the cervical and thoracic, scapular, clavicular and costal structures are addressed in lecture and laboratory sessions. Integrated biomechanics, anatomy and embryology, in relation to dysfunction patterning in the work place and sports activities are also covered.

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DIAPHRAGMATIC FUNCTION AND DYSFUNCTION – INFLUENCES ABOVE THE DIAPHRAGM – PART I
September 29,  – October 1, 2017

Diaphragmatic dysfunction has a profound influence on the health and wellness of our patients. Diaphragmatic dysfunction can be the result of many factors, including: phrenic nerve irritation, cranial somatic dysfunction — especially the temporal bone, deep fascial network, clavicles, hyoid and the upper 6 thoracic ribs and vertebra.

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INTEGRATED LOWER EXTREMITY, PELVIS AND LUMBAR SPINE
September 14-16, 2017

This course expands upon previous training in manual medicine in the use of muscle contraction as an activating force.

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CLINICAL PEARLS IN PATIENT MANAGEMENT – 28 QUICK TECHNIQUES AND ASSESSMENTS
May 19-21, 2017

Clinical pearls are best defined as small bits of free standing, clinically relevant information based on experience or observation. They are part of the vast domain of experience-based medicine, and can be helpful in dealing with clinical problems for which controlled data do not exist.

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UNDERSTANDING GUT DYSBIOSIS AND TREATMENT PROTOCOLS IN A MANUAL PRACTICE
April 21-23, 2017

Symbiosis translates to ‘living in harmony.’

Dysbiosis is the opposite — it’s when the non-commensal bacteria predominate outnumbering normal and indigenously resident bacteria. Essentially this means there is an imbalance of naturally occurring microbiome residents in the digestive tract.

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UPPER AND LOWER CERVICAL SPINE
March 24-26, 2017

The goal of this class is to present the arthrokinematics of motion of the upper and lower cervical spine as it applies to both normal and dysfunction movement pattern. Upper cervical biomechanics and lower cervical biomechanics are differentiated to establish a clearer understanding of pain pattern presentation.

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TREATING THE THORACIC SPINE, RIBS AND STERNUM
March 3-5, 2017

The thoracic cage is one of the most complicated areas in a manual practice. Understanding this area separates you from your peers. This course gives the participant an appreciation of the interrelationships of the various components of the thoracic cage. Emphasis is on the effect of dysfunction on the entire mechanism as it relates to overall health.

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PALPATION AND ASSESSMENT SKILLS FOR MANUAL PRACTITIONERS
February 10-12, 2017

Palpation skills are the central component of a Manual Therapy clinical practice. They are essential to correctly evaluate somatic dysfunctions and master treatment techniques.

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NEUROMUSCULAR EDUCATION AND EXERCISE PRESCRIPTION FOR MANUAL PRACTITIONERS
January 20-22, 2017

This class puts together a rational approach to the neuromuscular retraining of common somatic dysfunctions. The concepts of inhibition, weakness and movement impairment will be discussed and appropriate exercise programs will be demonstrated to maintain proper muscle function post Manual Therapy treatment.

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2016 Classes

POTTENGER’S VISCERAL NEUROLOGY APPLIED TO TREATMENT OF FOREGUT, MIDGUT AND HIND GUT
November 4-6, 2016

The practice of manual therapies is a continuous attempt on the part of the practitioner to understand the manner in which the patient expresses disease through their physiologic systems. This class will go into deep detail of the neurological segmentation of the spine as it relates to control and function of the specific visceral organ.

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AN INTEGRATED MANUAL THERAPY APPROACH TO THE CELIAC GANGLIA TO THE PELVIC GANGLIA
October 21-23, 2016

This class will be a comprehensive and integrated look at the functional unit that encompasses the Celiac to Pelvic ganglia. This class is one in a series of Ursa courses on how to assess and treat imbalances in the autonomic nervous system as they related to health and disease.

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ASSESSMENT OF THE WALK CYCLE AND LOWER EXTREMITY FOR THE MANUAL THERAPIST
October 7-9, 2016

The goal of this class is to present concepts of how the body uses ground forces in the kinetic chain, and produces motion in the walk cycle. We will cover the fascial planes and how they transmit forces from the ground to the cranium.

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INFECTIONS SERIES 1 – VIRUS, BACTERIA, AND YEAST AND M.A.L.T. – BASIC CONCEPTS OF PATIENT MANAGEMENT
September 23-25, 2016

Basic concepts of management of patients who present with co-morbidity of different infections and other related systemic dysfunctions will be addressed from the perspective of treatment through Manual Therapies.

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INTRODUCTION TO PELVIS, SACRUM AND LUMBAR SPINE
September 9-11, 2016

The goal of this class is to present concepts of motion of the pelvis, sacrum and lumbar spine as it applies to both normal and dysfunctional bio-mechanical motion.

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MANUAL THERAPY FOUNDATIONS AND APPLICATIONS FOR SYNACTIVE RESPIRATORY BALANCE, FUNCTION AND DEVELOPMENT IN NICU AND PICU INFANTS
June 24-26, 2016

This course will include a series of lectures and hands on laboratory that will explore the use of Synactive Manual Therapies for the infant with respiratory complications and pathologies.

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INTEGRATED LOWER EXTREMITY, PELVIS, AND LUMBAR SPINE
May 13-15, 2016

This class picks up from where the Introduction to Pelvis, Sacrum, and Lumbar Spine leave off. This class will address the next level of Muscle Energy Technique and integrate both lower extremity biomechanics with long lever and short lever adaptations.

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SPORTS SPECIFIC SERIES 1 – FOOTBALL, RUGBY, SOCCER
April 29, 2016 – May 1, 2016

Contact sports are changing in relationship to certain injuries, training and recovery. This class will look at specific biomechanical needs and requirements of each sport.

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TREATING THE UPPER AND LOWER CERVICAL SPINE
April 22-24, 2016

The goal of this class is to present the arthrokinematics of motion of the upper and lower cervical spine as it applies to both normal and dysfunction movement pattern. Upper cervical biomechanics and lower cervical biomechanics will be differentiated so as to have a clearer understanding of pain pattern presentation.

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INTEGRATED UPPER EXTREMITY IN SPORT AND WORKPLACE
March 18-20, 2016

Integrated function of the cervical and thoracic, scapular, clavicular and costal structures will be addressed in lecture and laboratory sessions. Integrated biomechanics, anatomy and embryology will be discussed in relation to dysfunction patterning in the work place and sports activities.

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ASSESSMENT AND TREATMENT OF THE 5 DIAPHRAGMS OF THE BODY
February 19-21, 2016

The respiratory diaphragm, pelvic diaphragm, the cranial diaphragm , the thoracic inlet and the popliteal/foot diaphragm will be discussed. They will be looked at from a different perspective as they relate to fluid drive biomechanics, and endocrine aspects of patients in clinical practice.

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THE UNSTRETCHABLES: Plantar Fascia, Achilles, Hamstrings, Iliotibial Band, Iliopsoas, Latissimus Dorsi, Pectoralis Minor, Scalenes, Upper Trapezius, Suboccipitals
January 22-24, 2016

There are many misconceptions about how to treat different musculoskeletal dysfunctions. Standard medical experts claim one thing while research claims another.

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2015 Classes

EVALUATION AND MANUAL TREATMENT OF THE FASCIA SYSTEM A AS FUNCTIONAL UNIT-IMPLICATIONS FOR MOVEMENT, DYSFUNCTION, AND IMMUNOLOGY
December 4-6, 2015

While the myofascial system is usually discussed in regards to its role in the proper motion of a particular region of the body, this class will look at the fascial system as a whole body functional organ.

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AN INTEGRATED MANUAL THERAPY APPROACH TO THE CERVICAL TO T4 GANGLIA
November 6-8, 2015

A comprehensive and integrated look at the functional unit that encompasses the cervical to T4 ganglia. This class is one of the series of Ursa courses on how to assess and treat imbalances in the autonomic nervous system as they related to health and disease.

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EVALUATION AND MANUAL TREATMENT OF COMMON VISCERAL SYMPTOMS AND COMPLAINTS IN INFANTS AND CHILDREN
October 9-11, 2015

This unique class will emphasize multiple manual therapy system approaches for the Evaluation and Treatment of Gastrointestinal (GI) disorders as outlined by ROME III Criteria(2006).

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2014 Classes

Evaluation and manual treatment of the respiratory system

Bennett’s neurovascular concepts for the manual practitioner

Evaluation and manual treatment of the talus, pubes, and SC joint

Evaluation and manual treatment of the pediatric patient

Evaluation and manual treatment of the pelvis, sacrum, and lumbar spine

Embryology concepts for the manual practitioner

Evaluation and manual treatment approaches for sedentary lifestyle implications for disease and dysfunction

Biomechanics of the fluid dynamics in health and disease for the manual practitioner

2013 Classes

Evaluation and manual treatment using Chapman’s neural lymphatic reflexes

Evaluation manual treatment of the adult patient with multiple systemic dysfunctions

Evaluation and manual treatment of the thoracic cage

Evaluation and manual treatment of the endurance athlete

Evaluation and manual treatment of the pre-teenage athlete and injuries

Evaluation and manual treatment of clavicle, ilium, and fibula

Evaluation and manual treatment of dysfunctions of the reproductive pelvis

Evaluation and manual treatment of the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system in health and disease

2012 Classes

Treating the upper and lower cervical spine

Bear looks at: Chest and vertebrae T7-12

Integrated visceral – Treatment of the gastrointestinal system

Gender specific treatment of common ailments seen in the manual practice

Evaluation treatment of the upper quadrant in work and athletics

Treating the 5 diaphragms of the body

Looking at the maladaptive patient

Treating the pelvis and sacrum

The role of the Vagus nerve in health and disease

2011 Classes

Treating the pelvis, sacrum, and lumbar spine

Vertebrae C1-7

Introduction to Chapmans reflexes

Assessment of the walk cycle for the manual therapist

A comprehensive study of the pelvis

Introduction to visceral technique

Understanding mechanical adaptations of an acute and chronic conditions

Head pain

Treating the thoracic cage

The role of the sympathetic nervous system in Health and disease

2010 Classes

Treating the thoracic cage

Treating oncology patients in a manual practice

Treating movements function in sports – Golf, soccer, and cycling

A comprehensive study of the chest

Manual treatment for the infected patient

Treating movement dysfunction in sports: gymnastics, water polo, and diving

The pelvis

Treating the cervical spine

Understanding mechanical adaptations in acute and chronic conditions

2009 Classes

Treating the cervical spine

Treating movement dysfunction in sports-running, throwing, and racket sports

Treating somatovisceral dysfunction using the concepts of Chapman, Bennett, and Pottenger

Treating the sympathetic and parasympathetic ganglia

Embryology for the manual practitioner

Treating movement dysfunction in sports-golf, soccer, and cycling

Treating the pelvis, sacrum, and lumbar spine

Understanding male and female pelvic dysfunction

2008 Classes

Treating the pelvis, sacrum, and lumbar spine

Embryology for the manual practitioner

Pottenger’s concepts of visceral disease

Manual treatment for the sympathetic and parasympathetic ganglia

Treating movement dysfunction in sports and athletics

Treating the thoracic spine, ribs, and sternum

2007 Classes

Millard’s concepts for the lymphatic system

Evaluation treatment of the T2 ring

Disorders of the hyoid, thyroid, and coccyx – three one day classes

Introduction to muscle energy technique-lumbar spine, pelvis, and sacrum

Evaluation treatment of the cervical spine and cranial base – Direct and indirect techniques

The effects of biomechanical dysfunction of the upper extremity on the thorax

An Ursa approach to Bennett’s neurovascular reflexes

Scientific myofascial release

Treating the diaphragm, scapula, and foot- Three one-day classes

Biomechanical and cardiovascular functions of the lower extremity

Manual treatment for the sympathetic and parasympathetic ganglia

Evaluation and treatment of the OA

An overview of somato-visceral dysfunction

Evaluation treatment of the myalgia patient

Evaluation treatment of the thoracic cage-Direct and indirect techniques

Introduction to muscle energy technique-Lumbar spine, pelvis, and sacrum

Evaluation manual treatment of the pituitary-thyroid-adrenal axis

Cranial mobilization-direct and indirect technique

Embryology for the manual practitioner

Evaluation and treatment of disorders of the thumb

2006 Classes

Evaluation and manual treatment of the pituitary, thyroid, and adrenal axis

Evaluation and treatment of disorders of the diaphragm

Adaptation of the body to internal and external injuries

Introduction to muscle energy technique-lumbar spine, pelvis, and sacrum

Evaluation and treatment of the cervical spine and cranial base

Evaluation and manual treatment of headache syndromes

Biomechanical and cardiovascular functions of the lower extremity

An intensive study of the structures of the face

Analysis and correction of locomotor dysfunction in the walk cycle

Evaluation and treatment of the lumbars, thoracics, and cervicals – three one day classes

The Ursa approach to Bennett’s neurovascular reflexes

Differential diagnosis for the manual practitioner

Evaluation and treatment of disorders of scapula

Evaluation and treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome, T4 syndrome, and the pubic symphysis-three one day classes

Manual treatment for the sympathetic and parasympathetic ganglia

Evaluation and treatment of the thoracic cage

An overview and biomechanical treatment of the vagus nerve

Cranial mobilization – direct and indirect technique

Evaluation and treatment of disorders of the foot