For the Self-Treatment and Clinical Treatment of Pain
Amber Davies, LMT, is a contributing author of The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook, written by her father, Clair Davies. Amber (pictured with her two daughters) presents a fully hands-on seminar for practitioners interested in mastering location, palpation, and treatment of myofascial trigger points. Massage therapists, personal trainers, osteopaths, chiropractors, physical therapists, occupational therapists, nurses, and medical doctors are invited to participate.
Trigger Point Therapy Workshops is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education Approved Provider.
Doctors who specialize in treating musculoskeletal pain say that at least 75% of common pain has a myofascial component or origin. With muscle pain most of the time the problem is not in the place that hurts. If you are serious about solving your patient/clients' pain, these workshops are for you.
We will study common trigger point locations and referred pain patterns and also seek to understand the underlying mechanical dysfunction that creates the trigger points in the first place.
Extensive clinical practice time is detailed, supervised, and memorable. Discover less intense, more effective pain relief that lasts. Better communication methods created to empower both you and your client. This is trigger point therapy your clients will love.
All workshops are based on the 2013 revised edition of The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook by Clair Davies and Amber Davies.
In class and beyond, your own body is a laboratory for learning. Every trigger point you can find on someone else you can find on yourself. It is all about body landmarks, soft tissue palpation, and direction of pressure. Every lump and bump in the body is not a trigger point.
Postural evaluation and range of motion testing are the keys to figuring out which areas to treat. It’s more than chasing the pain patterns. We will work to figure out the “why” behind the pain and dysfunction. We will practice identifying structural factors, habitual posture, and unconscious habits that feed the dysfunction.
End your work-related pain with effective self-care. At every turn throughout the workshop, you will be shown safer and more effective techniques that will help keep you out of pain. A special forearm and hand self-treatment session will be included, even in the Lower Body Workshop, to help relieve pain from previous strain.
Upper Back and Neck Pain: Assessment, Palpation, and Treatment (6 CE hours)
* The AMTA Kentucky past president, Collette Wilson, is raising money to run the Boston Marathon in April 2017 as a fundraiser for the Massage Therapy Foundation. All proceeds from this course are being donated to the Massage Therapy Foundation as a part of Collette’s bid. Go Collette!!*
Saturday, March 11, 2017
Instructor: Amber Davies, CMTPT, LMT
Location: Louisville School of Massage, Louisville KY
Course Credit: 6 CE Hours
The difficulty with treating muscle pain is that the problem is not in the place that hurts. Treatment for upper back and neck pain often fails to last because it focuses only on the site of the pain. Active trigger points in the upper back muscles refer pain to the posterior neck. Sneaky latent trigger points in the chest and abdominal muscles create mechanical dysfunction, such as forward head posture, that then creates the active trigger points in the back and neck. Learn to spot trigger point referred pain and mechanical dysfunction patterns. Using trigger point charts, range of motion testing and simple standing postural evaluation you will be able to quickly assess a client's specific problem. Rather than reverting to your standard routine you will be able to create an individualized treatment plan for each client. Best of all, hands-on practice trades will be “therapeutically delicious” as your trade partner will practice direct verbal communication and observation to assess your personal response to treatment. Add more certainty to your toolbox of skills with this lively active class. This course is approved by the NCBTMB for continuing education credit.
Registration for this class is now closed.
To the Point! Essential Trigger Points for Massage Therapists (14 CE hours)
Saturday and Sunday, March 25 & 26, 2017
Instructor: Amber Davies, CMTPT, LMT
Location: AMTA-INDIANA State Conference
French Lick Springs Resort, French Lick, Indiana
The problem is not in the place that hurts. Trigger points refer pain and create mechanical dysfunction that causes pain far from the site of the real problem. Add more certainty to your toolbox of skills with this class on trigger point location, palpation and problem solving.
Learn to spot trigger point referred pain and mechanical dysfunction patterns. Using trigger point charts, range of motion testing and simple standing postural evaluation you will be able to quickly assess a client's specific problem. Rather than reverting to your standard routine you will be able to create an individualized treatment plan for each client. Best of all, hands-on practice trades will be “therapeutically delicious” as your trade partner will practice direct verbal communication and observation to assess your personal response to treatment. Add more certainty to your toolbox of skills with this lively active class.
Register through the AMTA-Indiana Chapter here
Trigger Point Therapy - Whole Body Workshop - (40 CE Hours)
Wednesday - Sunday, September 27 - October 1, 2017
Instructor: Amber Davies, CMTPT, LMT
Location: New Day Myopain Center, Louisville, KY
In the Trigger Point Therapy — Whole Body Workshop, you will become a master of trigger point location. Just as it sounds we will cover the entire body looking for trigger points that contribute to complaints throughout the body. Actually we will cover the entire body twice. First we will learn all of the palpation and location on our own bodies with self-applied massage. “So that’s where the anterior scalene is. I’ve never felt certain of its’ location before.”
Learn how to treat trigger points that cause common upper body pain complaints such as headaches, neck and face pain, TMJ dysfunction, upper and mid back pain, thoracic outlet syndrome, frozen shoulder, elbow pain, carpal tunnel syndrome and tendinosis. We will also cover lower body pathology such as low back pain, abdominal pain, sciatica, many variations of hip and knee pain, plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis, and more.
The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook 3rd edition (published in 2013) is required for class (not included in tuition). You can order your copy now right here! We will also have books available in class.
We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical ability, sexual or gender orientation, or age. Accommodations will be available in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
New Day Myopain Center is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education provider. Attendees will earn CE credits for all classes.
Workshop Participant Testimonials
“I learned more in two days than in three months doing practical massage in school. Massage therapists really need your information.” —A.B., Schertz, Texas
“Best workshop I’ve ever been in. Learning can still be fun!” —K.L., Ledbetter, Texas
“This workshop would be a good value at twice the price. Now I know what to do with Travell and Simons!” —P.C., Perrysville, Ohio
“Comfortable atmosphere. Instructors were easily approachable and genuinely interested in teaching the techniques and making sure everyone received the attention they needed.” —L.W., Tecumseh, Michigan
“Best continuing education I have ever attended.” —R.S., Hixson, Tennessee
“I will recommend this workshop to every therapist I know and all I come in contact with. Your teaching methods allow for a very relaxed learning situation. Thank you so much!” —J.T., Centerville, Ohio
“It was a good refresher in anatomy and an encouragement to pay closer attention to it.” — O.H., Columbus, Ohio
“Excellent workshop, much better than most I have attended.” — D.I., Madison, WI
“Awesome! Great class! Material presented well. Well explained.” — E.S., Greenfield, WI
“You have fanned my fire! I thank you both for putting so much work into presenting this stuff, especially Clair for the book. You have bridged a wide gap by simplifying Travell and Simons’s Trigger Point Manual!” —C.P., Sheboygan Falls, WI
“I am so happy I took this workshop! I’m looking forward to putting it into practice.” —D.C.B., Eugene, Oregon
“I am very grateful for the opportunity to participate in this workshop. Well done! I look forward to new opportunities to share what I learned with others. I enjoyed every minute!” —E.H., Surrey, British Columbia
“I think that this may be the most important massage-related workshop I will ever take. Many of my clients are injured and in serious pain. I think your method will enable me to give them much better relief.” —S.B., Beaverton, Oregon
“Helped me feel much more comfortable working on some specific parts of the body that I felt unsure of before —like the scalenes, sternocleidomastoid and psoas. Really good educational experience. Much success to you both!” —C.H., Portland, Oregon