Instructor Bio & Course Description

Doug Nelson

Douglas Nelson is a Licensed and Board Certified Massage Therapist. The founder of Precision NMT seminars, Doug has taught hundreds of seminars and to various populations from physician’s conferences to educational seminars for lay people. Practicing massage therapy since 1977, he has studied with a host of great educators and worked in several clinical environments. He is the president of BodyWork Associates, a sixteen therapist massage therapy clinic in Champaign, IL which has been in operation since 1982.

Doug still maintains a very active practice; he doesn’t just teach, he has a busy personal practice (seeing over 1,100 client visits annually); the clinic is the laboratory for the development of PNMT. Doug has treated thousands of clients over the years, from the NBA to the NFL, factory workers,and high level musicians who suffer musculoskeletal pain.

Doug is passionate about the efficacy of the work and has conducted many clinical research studies to investigate PNMT. He is a member of the International Myopain Association and the International Association for the Study of Pain and is also a regular columnist for Massage and Bodywork magazine. He is the author of Table Lessons: Insights in the Practice of Massage Therapy and The Mystery of Pain. He also contributed the chapter on fibromyalgia to the book Massage Therapy: Integrating Research and Practice.

Doug was awarded the 2013 Massage Therapy Educator of the Year , the 2015 Pioneer Award from the Illinois Chapter of the AMTA, and elected to the Massage Therapy Hall of Fame in 2018. He has spoken to numerous state and national AMTA conferences, both giving workshops and keynote addresses. Doug is also the president of the Massage Therapy Foundation.

Precision Neuromuscular Therapy (PNMT) of the Legs and Feet (7 CEs)

Essentially the second half of the Lower Extremity seminar, participants will first explore pain conditions of the knee. There are many soft-tissue conditions that create medial and lateral knee pain, all of them related to different muscles and ligaments. Some of the soft-tissue symptoms overlap with more serious intra-joint ligamentous issues. Participants will learn how to make good judgments as to the source of the pain and how to address it effectively. In the lower leg, conditions affecting the anterior and posterior shin splints, calf pain, and pain syndromes of the feet (such as plantar fasciitis) will be explored. The participant will leave with clear clinical reasoning skills to determine the source of a client’s pain and the technical skills to positively affect that pain.

The Mystery of Pain (3 CEs)

A fascinating lecture that will explore a comprehensive, accessible guide to the scientific understanding of pain with this premise: The more deeply you understand the process of pain, the more power you have to influence it. Covering the traditional scientific models of understanding as well as the current research, he will explore the different types of pain, providing clear explanations of the structures and processes involved.

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