2018 Classes

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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