Introduction to Muscle Balancing: Evaluation and Treatment of the Shoulder Complex

presented by Kerry D'Ambrogio

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This series of courses provides an overview of the D’Ambrogio institute approach to treating lesions via total body balancing. The goal of this series is to introduce students to a principle based approach, rather than demonstrating a specific progression of evaluation and treatment techniques. The approach is designed to provide clarity and provide you with the necessary tools for creative problem solving that you can apply not just on the shoulder but anywhere on the body. View the course series in the following order:

  • Total Body Balancing: Principles of Practice
  • Introduction to Total Body Balancing: Evaluation and Treatment of the Shoulder Complex
  • Introduction to Muscle Balancing: Evaluation and Treatment of the Shoulder Complex
  • Introduction to Fascial Balancing: Evaluation and Treatment of the Shoulder Complex
  • Introduction to Joint Balancing: Evaluation and Treatment of the Shoulder Complex
In this third course in this series, Kerry D’Ambrogio introduces key evaluation and treatment concepts for muscle balancing, the second part of the DAI approach. The course begins by revisiting the development of lesions and the global DAI approach, and introduces the principles of muscle balancing as how muscle balancing works at a macro and micro level. The course then describes important muscle balancing guidelines, and concludes with demonstrations of an example evaluation and treatment session targeting the shoulder complex.

Meet Your Instructor

  • Kerry D'Ambrogio, DOM, AP, PT, DO-MTP

    Kerry D'Ambrogio, DOM, AP, PT, DO-MTP

    Kerry D'Ambrogio is a physical therapist, osteopath and board certified acupuncture physician. His integrative blend of both Eastern and Western medicine, prompted by a whole body pre- and post-treatment evaluation (ARTS), is the key to unlocking perplexing pain and biomechanical issues. This method surpasses the tendency in Western medicine to merely treat the patient’s symptoms locally, at the site of pain, instead of searching for the root cause of their complaint.

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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  1. General Introduction

    1. General Introduction

    The first chapter of this course, which is shared between all courses in this series, introduces the participant to the D'Ambrogio Institute.

  2. What is Muscle Balancing?

    2. What is Muscle Balancing?

    This chapter introduces the causes and types of lesions, optimal balance, and The D’Ambrogio Institute (DAI) approach to total body balancing. This chapter also introduces the concept of muscle balancing to the participant.

  3. Principles of Muscle Balancing

    3. Principles of Muscle Balancing

    The third chapter of this course introduces the key principles of muscle balancing via demonstrations involving the shoulder complex.

  4. How Does Muscle Balancing Work?

    4. How Does Muscle Balancing Work?

    In the fourth chapter of this course, Kerry D’Ambrogio offers a detailed explanation of the processes at work behind muscle balancing, including Dr. Jones’ model, and the concept of facilitated segments.

  5. Muscle Balancing Guidelines

    5. Muscle Balancing Guidelines

    In the fifth chapter of this course, Kerry D’Ambrogio outlines key guidelines and ground rules for the use of muscle balancing in clinical practice, including indications, contraindications, common practitioner errors, and key post treatment instructions.

  6. Evaluation

    6. Evaluation

    In this chapter, Dr. D’Ambrogio demonstrates muscle balancing evaluation concepts and the ARTS evaluation via the case example of the shoulder complex.

  7. Treatment

    7. Treatment

    This chapter offers demonstrations of muscle balancing treatment scenarios pertaining to the shoulder complex, building on the conclusions of the evaluation portion in the previous chapter.

  8. Closing Comments

    8. Closing Comments

    In the final chapter of this course, Kerry debriefs participants after viewing the evaluation and treatment demonstration segments, and offers a summary of key points and takeaways regarding muscle balancing.