Whiplash Background and Muscular Influences

presented by Douglas Nelson

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For people with whiplash, it can be challenging to navigate the healthcare system. It is difficult to detect via diagnostic imaging, and treatment can be difficult. This course, with Doug Nelson, introduces the incidence, biomechanics, and psychological factors associated with whiplash, and sets the stage for exploring treatment of whiplash via Precision Neuromuscular Therapy (PNMT). In this course, Doug Nelson defines the incidence and prevalence of whiplash, and explores the history of whiplash treatment and controversies surrounding whiplash. Doug then describes the biomechanics of whiplash within the context of motor vehicle accidents and other common causes of injury and explores the psychological issues that complicate the diagnosis and treatment of whiplash.

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

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  1. Background and Incidence

    1. Background and Incidence

    Whiplash is a common injury that receives significant attention, but is not always perfectly understood. Join Doug Nelson as he defines the incidence and prevalence of whiplash, and explores the history of whiplash treatment and controversies surrounding whiplash.

  2. Biomechanics of Whiplash

    2. Biomechanics of Whiplash

    Nearly one third of motor vehicle accidents are rear-end collisions. In this chapter, Doug Nelson describes the biomechanics of whiplash within the context of motor vehicle accidents, and other common causes of injury.

  3. Psychological Factors

    3. Psychological Factors

    Beyond the physical impacts of whiplash, significant psychological factors are associated with whiplash and the events that typically cause it. In this chapter, Doug Nelson provides key information for therapists treating whiplash regarding the impact of psychological factors on the treatment of whiplash.