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The Inside-Out Paradigm© - Cervical Stenosis & Shoulder Mobilization

Cervical Stenosis affects 80% of people over the age of 55, the demographic that typically seeks out Massage Therapy to assist them with their chronic and transitory somatic difficulties. Often there is more amiss than they realize. Commit to becoming part of your clients’ early detection team.


Simply described, stenosis is pressure from the spine pushing into the spinal cord.  Its gradual degrading effects are typically attributed to aging, including:


Cervical, shoulder, arm, elbow, wrist, hand pain and numbness

Loss of arm and hand strength

Clumsiness and fumbling with one’s hands and fingers and spontaneously dropping things

Sciatic syndromes and gradual deterioration of one’s coordination in walking

Feeling off balance

All are associated with compression of the spinal cord.


Stenosis typically occurs in the C5-6 level of the spinal cord followed in frequency by L4-5, L1-2 and T8-9.  Somatic complaints tend to bounce back and forth between upper and lower extremity dysfunction and pain.  Urinary urgency is a common symptom of the compression.  Sounding familiar?


All of these symptoms tend to come and go so the progression usually continues to worsen over time until an acute episode leads to a medical diagnosis, most often after an MRI scan or DTI Imaging Scan.  This workshop will assist your comprehension of this common human progression and will offer you specific methods of assisting to reduce and relieve the effects of this compression.


During this workshop you will learn how to interview a client with chronic somatic ailments including:


A whole body assessment procedure


An understanding of how to recognize and recalibrate paradoxical breathing


A protocol of treatment techniques to reduce the compression into the cervical spine


A protocol of treatment techniques for how to mobilize the shoulders as an additional approach to relieve compression into the cervical spine


What to Bring:

Massage table, linens, 2 pillows.

Attire during technique practice exchange needs to allow access to the abdomen ... sports bra and shorts or underwear.  Light blanket to provide warmth as may be needed in A/C.  Packed lunch, beverages and snacks to keep your blood sugar level normalized.


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