Orthopedic Massage for the Forearm, Hand and Wrist – Dimensional Massage Approach

with Nancy Dail

June 1 – 2, 2013
Saturday and Sunday 9am-5pm
$250 ($100 deposit)
14 CE hours


**10% discount for TLC students/grads**

The body is all connected. It has depth, width, and length. The joints in the body provide a network of anatomical structures designed for regular use. Repetitive actions cause a constant torque on our guy-wire tendons and muscles that enable our joints to function. How many of your clients have repetitive action conditions of the forearm, hand and wrist? Consider a Dimensional approach to this vast area of concern! In this workshop participants will explore, evaluate and treat a variety of common difficult conditions affecting the forearm, hand and wrist region. Nancy will lecture on the skeletal and neurological anatomy of the upper extremity, with particular emphasis on the brachial plexus and its distal destinations. She will also address the specific etiologies, signs, symptoms and massage treatments related to the pathologies of these areas.

She will demonstrate hands-on evaluation techniques designed to assess the pathologies discussed. Special attention will be given to discuss the history and exam findings that would warrant health professional referral. Nancy will provide by lecture and power point review of the muscles and soft tissue structures of the arm, forearm, hand, and wrist. She will discuss trigger points, and referred pain patterns and repetitive actions that affect the wrist. Nancy will demonstrate techniques used in Dimensional Massage Therapy and provide supervision for hands-on practice by participants.

Dimensional Massage Therapy techniques are deep tissue strokes and methods that have been designed to balance joints by working on all the muscles that produce, assist in, or oppose the actions of, or stabilize the joints. They include a wide variety of dual-hand techniques, elliptical movement of soft tissues, active engagement techniques and determining the appropriate sequence for forearm, wrist, or hand conditions. Careful attention will be given to the execution of these techniques, specific muscles and their idiosyncrasies, and to the individual structure of the receiving person on the table. Good body mechanics and safe use of the hands and wrists will be emphasized. Tables and minimal lubrication are required for the hands-on exchange.

Nancy W. Dail, BA, LMT, NCTMB has been a practicing professional massage therapist since 1974. She is the founder and director of the Downeast School of Massage in Waldoboro, Maine (USA) (founded 1980). A leader in her field, Nancy presents workshops internationally, is certified in Orthopedic and Sports Massage, and has developed the working philosophy of Dimensional Massage Therapy as lead author in Kinesiology for Manual Therapies published by McGraw-Hill. Her BA in Health, Arts, and Science from Goddard College helps her balance her administrative duties as Director with teaching Dimensional Massage Therapy, Advanced Skills, Kinesiology and related subjects at Downeast School. She has taught workshops throughout the U.S., Canada, was a visiting teacher in Russia, and consulted with the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.