Introduction to Precision Neuromuscular Therapy

presented by Douglas Nelson

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This course, with Doug Nelson, introduces the essential concepts in studying and practicing Precision Neuromuscular Therapy. After taking this course, the participant will have a greater understanding of the principles behind Precision Neuromuscular Therapy, which will be useful for anyone studying neuromuscular approaches. Central to this approach is the exploration of clinical reasoning in massage therapy, exploring the choices made and the reasoning behind each decision. The basic principles of Precision Neuromuscular therapy are discussed and applied through demonstration.

Meet Your Instructor

  • Douglas Nelson, LMT, BCTMB, CNMT

    Douglas Nelson, LMT, BCTMB, CNMT

    Douglas Nelson is 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 from the Illinois Chapter of the AMTA. He has spoken to numerous state and national AMTA conferences, both giving workshops and keynote addresses.

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

  1. What is Precision Neuromuscular Therapy (PNMT)

    1. What is Precision Neuromuscular Therapy (PNMT)

    In this chapter, the participant will be introduced to precision neuromuscular therapy and it's most important influences.

  2. Guiding Principles of PNMT

    2. Guiding Principles of PNMT

    In this chapter, the participant will learn three methods for performing exclusionary testing in PNMT, and describe important examples of how exclusionary testing is used in each method.

  3. Clinical Problem Solving with PNMT

    3. Clinical Problem Solving with PNMT

    After viewing this chapter, participants will be able to explain the difference between static and dynamic palpation, list the three components of the PNMT Verity Triad, and give examples of why the concept of "defense or defect" is vitally important to PNMT practice.

  4. Frequently Asked Questions

    4. Frequently Asked Questions

    In this final chapter, Doug Nelson answers frequently asked questions that address common concerns of students.