D'Ambrogio Institute: Principles of Practice

presented by Kerry D'Ambrogio

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This series of courses provides an overview of the D’Ambrogio institute (DAI) 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 first course in this series, Kerry D’Ambrogio introduces key evaluation and treatment concepts, background on relevant osteopathic concepts, and demonstrates example techniques within the context of 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 a Lesion?

    2. What is a Lesion?

    This chapter introduces the causes and types of lesions, optimal balance, and The D’Ambrogio Institude (DAI) approach to total body balancing. This chapter also introduces the participant to the shoulder complex, which will provide an example region for the entire course series.

  3. Principles of Evaluation: ARTS

    3. Principles of Evaluation: ARTS

    Once the participant has gained an understanding of the types of lesions that may be treated with the total body balancing methodology, Kerry D’Ambrogio will introduce the participant to the ARTS approach to evaluation.

  4. Osteopathic Concepts

    4. Osteopathic Concepts

    The fourth chapter of this course takes a step back to provide background on key osteopathic concepts that are essential to a full understanding of the DAI approach. These concepts include unity of function, levels of fascia, energy and circulation, and overall unity of function between mind, body and spirit.

  5. DAI Treatment Philosophy

    5. DAI Treatment Philosophy

    Once the participant is armed with relevant evaluation concepts and osteopathic practice background, the course continues to cover DAI treatment concepts, with a particular emphasis on a principle-based approach, rather than a technique based program.

  6. Six Principles of Treatment

    6. Six Principles of Treatment

    This course concludes with a hands-on segment in which Kerry D’Ambrogio puts together the concepts described in previous chapters, and sets the stage for the other more targeted segments