Orthopedic Assessment and TX Planning for Back Pain
Low back pain is one of the most frequent and challenging musculoskeletal conditions that massage therapists will face in the clinic. While the condition is very common, identifying the specific cause of pain continues to pose challenges for clinicians in every field. The fact that pain can exist without tissue damage and tissue damage can occur without pain makes identifying the specific cause of low back pain very difficult. In this session we will take a look at several common causes of back pain, key factors to identify potential causes, and how to plan appropriate treatment.
Whitney Lowe is a recognized authority on pain and injury treatment. His contributions to the massage field are wide-ranging and include, professional publications, teaching, clinical work, consulting, and participation in national boards and committees. He is the author of the books, Orthopedic Assessment in Massage Therapy, and Orthopedic Massage: Theory and Technique, which are used in training programs and schools nationally and internationally. He has also been a contributing author to several other books. In 1994 he founded the Orthopedic Massage Education & Research Institute (OMERI) to provide massage therapists the advanced education they need for treating orthopedic soft-tissue disorders.