Cervical Stenosis and Mobilization of the Shoulder: Reducing Cervical Compression
October 3 @ 9:00 am - October 4 @ 5:00 pm$20 – $325
CEU: 16 hands-on
The Inside-Out Paradigm© is a simple idea. Conceive of the notion that “stress” affects our organ systems first and commonly distorts the normal pressure relationships between the body’s 3 great cavities, cranium, thorax, & abdominal/pelvic. This eventually results in the congestion of bodily fluids. Relieve this congestion and the external tensions will reduce. Movement toward balancing the homeostatic capacities of the body will be set in motion. With this orientation to touch, our hands help to amplify the voice of our physiological self.
Cervical Stenosis usually unfolds as a slow insidious progression without obvious markers for its presence. Often, it is the pattern of what a client reveals to you both verbally and how their tissues respond to your bodywork that alerts you to this progression. The most consistent marker of cervical stenosis is when a client reports previous problems of the upper & lower extremity on the “same side.” As a simplistic gestalt, I (Dale Alexander) would propose that Cervical Stenosis is the result of an imbalance between the flexor and extensor systems of the body via trauma, stress, illnesses or, emerging pathology. Further, that the constant downward and forward pull of the internal organs, degraded pressure relationships, and distorted neuro-circulatory shunting patterns are co-conspirators of cervical joint re-modeling, disc desiccation, and spur formation that produce its symptoms. Diminishing inflammatory cycles by alleviating compression is our primary therapeutic goal.
When Cervical Spondyolitic Myelopathy is full blown, symptoms become exaggerated, more persistent and may include muscular atrophy of one shoulder, arm and/or hand and/or the emergence of an ataxic gait pattern. An ataxic gait pattern can have many expressions, yet typically is characterized by taking a step by lifting the advancing leg too high and then slapping it down to the ground. The number-one tipoff to my sensibilities is when a client presents with a history of “same-sided” somatic complaints of the neck, and upper- and lower-extremity pain or dysfunction, including sciatica. The possible somatic combinations are quite varied. However, when the pain or dysfunction is on the same side, this is my clinical flag. Another subtle clue a client might not volunteer is occasional or frequent urgency or difficulty with urination. As a result, it is important that we ask the appropriate questions. Knowledge and a willingness to listen are a powerful combination in our pursuit to assist our clients to maintain their quality of life.
The corticospinal tract or, more specifically, the Lateral Corticospinal Tract, is the most clinically important descending motor pathway in the nervous system. White matter density is much higher in the cervical enlargement portion of the spinal cord. This pathway controls the movement of the extremities. It may seem odd to imagine that cervical stenosis can be a co-conspirator in sciatica syndromes yet, when one considers this obvious neural relationship, it clearly adds to our understanding of where & how we apply our therapeutic efforts. Spinal stenosis occurs most often at C5-6, L4-5, L1-2, & T8-9 in this order of frequency. If stenosis is identified in one area, there is a probability that compression exist in all four areas.
|October 3-4, 2020|
|9:00 am - 6:00 pm both days|
|Heal Center, Suite 505. 5th Floor|
|No refund provided within 2 weeks of class. All refunds are subject to a $10 minimum processing fee. See policy page for further information.|
Class Package Offer
Dale Alexander offers 32 CEU (hands-on) for only $599
Aug. 1-2: Freeing the Heart by Releasing the Body’s Central Linkage – 16CE
Oct. 3-4: Cervical Stenosis and Shoulder Mobilization – 16CE
Dale G. Alexander Ph.D. MA, BSEd, L.M.T. has had a Clinical Massage Therapy practice in Key West, Fla. since 1980. He has specialized in addressing chronic somatic dysfunction throughout his career and was named the top CE Provider of 2016 by the Alliance for Massage Therapy Education.
This course has organically grown out of Dale’s personal experience. In 1983 Dale and his step-son were hit head-on by a drunk driver. Both experienced orthopedic injuries. Dale’s right hip was shattered, the tibial plateaus were fractured, and his ankle broken along with additional facial and neck trauma.
An intrinsic understanding began to grow within his clinical awareness as more and more clients started to show up with varying degrees of hip, knee, and shoulder degeneration.