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Join us in Casper, WY

April 27-29, 2018

For our AMTA

Spring Conference

With Douglas Nelson


Douglas Nelson is Board Certified in Massage Therapy and Therapeutic Bodywork, beginning his career in massage therapy in 1977. Seeing over 1,000 client visits annually, he is also the President of BodyWork Associates, a massage therapy clinic in Champaign, IL. Established in 1982, the clinic has two locations and a staff of eighteen therapists.

He is the founder of NMT MidWest, Inc., providing more than eighty workshops annually in Precision Neuromuscular Therapy™ across the USA. He has personally taught more than 12,000 hours of continuing education, while also being a neuromuscular consultant to professional and collegiate sports teams, dance companies, and a guest lecturer at the University of Illinois Medical School.

Doug has published articles in numerous journals and magazines. He is the author of two books- Table Lessons: Insights in the practice of Massage Therapy and The Mystery of Pain. He is the recipient of the 2013 Educator of the Year and 2015 Pioneer Award by the Illinois Chapter of the AMTA. Doug will assume the presidency of the Massage Therapy Foundation in March of 2018.



Friday, April 27:  THE MYSTERY OF PAIN WORKSHOP, 1-4 p.m.

Wyoming Medical Center, 1233 E 2nd St., NERD Health and Wellness Center (Open to all health care professionals)

Saturday, April 28: PNMT SHOULDER SEMINAR, 9 a.m.- 6 p.m.

Casper Hilton Garden Inn,1150 N. Poplar


Casper Hilton Garden Inn, 1150 N. Poplar

Price for Friday only is $30





After attending the seminar, participants will be able to:

  1. List two aspects of the definition of pain that have direct relevance to massage therapy
  2. Define Allodynia
  3. Define Descending inhibition and state how massage therapy may help enlist it.
  4. List two types of neural sensitization
  5. Cite research describing the role of pain and expectation
  6. List two types of neurotransmitters linked to pain
  7. Explain the difference between temporal and special summation
  8. List two examples of the contextual nature of pain
  9. Cite at least two findings from the Samueli/Massage Therapy Foundation, AMTA meta-analysis on massage and pain.



There are a multitude of reasons that a client might present with shoulder issues. How do you, as a massage therapist, quickly and accurately review the possibilities to explore the two or three most likely reasons for a client's specific pain presentation? Many therapists use sensitivity, but tissue sensitivity can be very misleading. These issues are exactly what the PNMT for the Shoulder seminar will explore in-depth. With abundant hands-on time and very flexible treatment approaches, your clients will love the results.

In the PNMT Shoulder seminar, we will address the shoulder, analyzing both scapular movement and glenohumeral movement. In the first section we will address muscles that affect movement of the scapula. In the second section of the shoulder, we will focus on pure humeral motion. Full range of the arm is often restricted in ways that we do not often realize. You will learn to precisely measure and then affect change in the movements that are quite amazing! You will be surprised at the changes in range of motion and ease of movement you can create in a short amount of time.

Objectives for the PNMT Upper Extremity Seminar are:

  1. To state three possible treatment strategies for trigger points
  2. To state the one criteria which implicates trigger points as the source of pain
  3. The state the six possible movements of the scapula and name two muscles involved in each movement
  4. That the participant can state at least two indicators for treatment of each muscle covered in the seminar
  5. That the participant can demonstrate range of motion measurement for all humeral planes of motion
  6. That the participant can state at least two muscles which may limit each humeral plane of motion
  7. That the participant can demonstrate a test to possibly indicate supraspinatus impingement
  8. That the participant can state at least two indicators for the possible presence of frozen shoulder
  9. That the participant can name the three stages of frozen shoulder syndrome


The PNMT Headache Seminar is an exploration into the multiple causes of headaches. In order to effectively treat headaches, the therapist must have a deep understanding of the headache phenomena itself. Understanding the physiology of headaches makes choosing a treatment approach more meaningful and relevant. The deeper the understanding, the more effective headache treatment can be.

In this seminar, you will learn very important information to understand the different types of headaches and the neurophysiology behind them. Beyond being immediately useful, the physiology of headaches is an amazing story. You will be fascinated with the current research and see the immediate usefulness of manual therapy in dealing with the soft-tissue component of headaches. Perhaps more important, you will know when soft-tissue therapy is not appropriate.

Participants will:

  1. Learn client interview and screening techniques to gather information and help spot warning signs that should be referred to a physician.
  2. Differentiate the characteristics of various types of headaches including Migraine, Cervicogenic, Tension Type Headaches, and Trigger Point referral headaches.
  3. Practice a variety of hands-on techniques beneficial for trigger point and cervicogenic headaches.
  4. Be able to list common referral patterns for muscles involved in headaches
  5. Name two muscles that refer pain to the occiput
  6. Name the structure thought to be the cause of cervicogenic headaches
  7. Explain the role of central sensitization in migraines
  8. Name two muscles that refer pain to the ocular area
  9. Name two red flags for treating headache

Price for all 3 days:

Students: $190

AMTA Members: $225

Non Members: $235

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