Introduction to Joint 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 fourth course in this series, Kerry D’Ambrogio introduces key evaluation and treatment concepts for joint balancing, the third component of the DAI approach. The course begins by revisiting the development of lesions and the global DAI approach, and introduces the principles of joint balancing. The course then describes important joint balancing guidelines clinicians must consider, 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 Joint Balancing?

    2. What is Joint 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 joint balancing to the participant.

  3. Principles of Joint Balancing

    3. Principles of Joint Balancing

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

  4. How Does Joint Balancing Work?

    4. How Does Joint Balancing Work?

    In the fourth chapter of this course, Kerry D’Ambrogio offers a detailed explanation of the physiological processes at work behind joint balancing.

  5. Joint Balancing Guidelines

    5. Joint Balancing Guidelines

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

  6. Evaluation

    6. Evaluation

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

  7. Treatment

    7. Treatment

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

  8. Closing

    8. Closing

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