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Keys to the Kingdom: How Everything in the Body is Connected to Everything Else

Course Instructors: Mary J. Rogel, Ph.D., L.Ac., and Rachel Proud, CMT

When:        Sunday, October 21, 2018
Time:         12:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. (with a 1/2 hour break)
Where:       3235 Vollmer, Suite 138, Flossmoor, IL
Cost:           $150
**$5.00 discount per credit hour for payment received prior to class**
Credits:      6 Illinois Massage Therapy or Acupuncture CEUs

As clinicians we often have the frustrating experience of treating pain in patients who do not respond to our treatments, despite our best efforts. For most patients, pain is the result of structural adaptations that create varying degrees of misalignment of the joints. Unless these accommodations are corrected, the problem and the pain will persist.

The goal of this seminar is to create a paradigm shift – from treating soft tissue to treating stiff tissue, from focusing on muscles to focusing on joints, from relying on joint replacement to relying on joint realignment, from looking at parts to looking at the whole. We will examine the mechanical and structural causes of musculoskeletal pain, demonstrate how the physical body functions as an energetic whole, not simply as a machine with interconnected mechanical parts, and show how those parts cannot be treated in isolation from one another. This seminar will provide the knowledge necessary to assess and begin to unlock challenging orthopedic conditions. It will lay out a framework for understanding how all orthopedic problems involve the entire musculoskeletal system, introduce a system for understanding how injuries create predictable problems throughout the body, provide treatment strategies to enhance your current treatments regardless of your style, introduce alternative approaches that you can incorporate with your current treatment strategies to make your treatments more effective and longer lasting, and demonstrate advanced joint realignment techniques that can be studied in detail and practiced in later classes.

Knowing that everyone has basically the same orthopedic problems and responds to the same basic treatments will help you understand and treat chronic problems and acute injuries, as well as some problems generally treated through internal medicine. We will also discuss how the brain changes in response to musculoskeletal accommodations, and we will look at the implications of brain neuroplasticity for our becoming more effective practitioners.

Course Objectives

This class is intended for all clinicians with an interest in orthopedics and body mechanics. The objectives of this course are to:

  • Examine the body as an ever-accommodating collection of bones held together by ligaments and moved by muscles and tendons.
  • Explore the implications of the body’s ability to alter how bones meet within joint capsules.
  • Understand how an injury in one part of the body creates predictable problems elsewhere.
  • Learn how to view the body as an integrated whole that must be diagnosed and treated as a system rather than as a collection of barely related parts.
  • Introduce a treatment strategy that can be applied to all structural problems.
  • Demonstrate alternative treatment strategies to address tendons and ligaments.
  • Appreciate how replacing a joint or having arthroscopic surgery or beginning physical therapy alters body mechanics and requires the entire body to adjust to the new condition; failure to take this into account can result in poor outcomes.
  • Learn how to use the principles of brain neuroplasticity to improve your patients’ outcomes and to become a more effective practitioner.

Course Instructors

Mary J. Rogel, Ph.D., L.Ac., opened her practice, East Point Associates, Ltd., in Hyde Park after graduating from the Midwest Center for the Study of Oriental Medicine in 1986. Her practice has a strong focus on orthopedics, body mechanics, and joint realignment. She has been teaching acupuncture since the 1990s, and she is licensed as an Illinois Acupuncture and Illinois Massage Therapy Continuing Education Provider and is a PDA Provider for the National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

Rachel Proud, CMT, has been a massage therapist on the south side for over 20 years. She is the founder of A Balanced Path, her private practice devoted to the care of humans and animals. Her training is broad-based, with an emphasis on orthopedic realignment, structural integration and CranioSacral work. She has been co-teaching this subject matter for the last 6 years and was a teaching assistant before that. In addition she has published a professional article and has been on an informational podcast, speaking on the importance of correcting alignment issues in equestrians in order to correct alignment issues in the horses they ride.

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