Instructor Bio & Course Description

Jeff Forman, NCBTMB #451948-12

Jeffrey Forman, Ph.D., BCTMB, CMT is a retired professor and massage program coordinator from De Anza College Cupertino, California. He continues his career as a speaker, author, consultant, and researcher. The AMTA California Chapter named him the 2017 Educator of the year. He is vice chair of the California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC) and chair of the CAMTC’s schools advisory committee. Jeff is also a certified advanced HawkGrips IASTM practitioner and instructor.

Jeff’s most recent book is Managing Physical Stress with Therapeutic Massage (Cengage Learning, 2007). His most recent research project is called “The effects of a therapeutic massage with and without a pain relief kit: on pain and function among individuals with low back pain” Jeffrey Forman, PhD, BCTMB; Lynda Solien Wolfe, LMT; Kara Solem, BS, RN; Robert Topp, RN, PhD, 2017.

Theraband Kinesiology Tape Method (4 CEs)

This taping method is different than other methods being taught. This workshop dispels the myths being taught about applying tape that have been taught for years without any evidence supporting them. This evidence-based approach to applying tape utilizes the new innovative Theraband Kinesiology tape with XactStretch Technology (TM) which was designed to provide the therapist the ability to administer the precise amount of stretch that the client’s condition requires, every time.

Topics include:

  • History, research, and myth busting
  • Indications and contraindications
  • Theory of application based upon anatomy and kinesiology
  • Technique demonstrations
  • Lots of hands-on practice applying tape to the neck, shoulder, elbow, wrist, low back, knee, ankle, and foot
  • How to add Kinesiology taping to your practice

Balance & Postural Stability Training (6 CEs)

Reduced balance is an unfortunate part of the aging process that frequently results in fractures, head injuries, and premature death for older adults. In this class, students will learn massage and sensory motor training techniques that can positively influence balance and prevent clients from falling.

Topics include:

  • The anatomy and physiology of balance, which includes the relationship between the musculoskeletal system, central nervous system, visual and vestibular systems
  • Balance terminology and concepts such as: center of gravity, base of support, balance reflexes (automatic positional response), proprioception, and static, dynamic, & functional balance
  • Hands-on practice of balance-influencing massage techniques for the feet, ankles, lower leg, sacrum, and pelvis
  • Short foot modeling and exercises & short foot kinesiology taping practice
  • Sensory motor training concepts and the practice of static, dynamic, & functional motor training activities
  • How to add safe postural stability training activities to your practice

Massage, Tape, & Spray Low Back Pain Away (6 CEs)

Low back pain is one of the most common medical problems and a leading cause of work disability worldwide. It’s estimated that 8 out of 10 people will experience low back pain at some time in their lives. Currently in the United States, opioids are over-prescribed and epidemic numbers of people are getting addicted, yet the amount of pain reported has not decreased. When their prescription runs out, they are turning to street drugs, some are even turning to heroin. People are dying in record numbers. To reduce the tragedy of death from drug overdoses, we need to educate the public that taking drugs to reduce pain is not a smart choice & that non-pharmacological pain treatments are safer and more effective. Research has shown that massage can reduce back pain. The treatment instructed in this class significantly reduced back pain in 40 subjects in a research study completed in March 2017, “The effects of a therapeutic massage with and without a pain tool kit on pain, and function among individuals with low back pain” Jeffrey Forman, PhD, BCTMB; Lynda Solien Wolfe, LMT; Kara Solem, BS, RN; and Robert Topp, RN, PhD, presented at the Trac Research Conference in Kona, Hawaii, August 1, 2017.

The back massage treatment instructed in this class was designed to relax and rebalance all the tissue attached to the sacrum, pelvis, and low back. After a review of related research, anatomy and kinesiology, instruction and practice will include prone massage techniques for the hamstrings, gluteals, hip lateral rotators & hip abductors, lumbar musculature, and a sacroiliac release. Supine instruction and practice will include massage to the quadriceps, adductors, TFL, and iliopsoas. Beneficial stretching techniques will also be instructed and practiced. Additionally, participants will learn and practice the kinesiology taping and topical analgesic spray application protocol utilized with the experimental group in the research study.

Students will:

  • Understand the prevalence of low back pain in society and why massage therapy is a safer and more effective approach than drugs
  • Comprehend the anatomy and kinesiology of the musculature involved in this treatment
  • Demonstrate the proper application of the massage strokes instructed
  • Comprehend how to properly apply the stretching activities to the client and demonstrate the ability to correct improper mechanics and technique
  • Practice and demonstrate how to properly apply kinesiology tape and topical analgesic spray to the low back.

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