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The Benjamin Advanced Training:
The Assessment and Treatment of Soft Tissue Pain

Salt Lake City, Utah

In this training you will learn comprehensive assessment skills as well as therapeutic techniques that address the most commonly injured structures in the body. You will learn how to differentiate muscle, tendon, ligament, fascial, joint and bursa injuries from the more serious disc and nerve root injuries. Palpation skills and hands-on treatment techniques are taught and fine tuned. You are given ample time and frequent opportunities in each workshop to acquire these new skills.

This comprehensive certification course consists of ten four-day trainings and focuses on soft tissue injury assessment and treatment techniques. It includes segments on:

  • The Neck
  • The Low Back
  • The Knee, Hip, and Thigh
  • The Shoulder and Elbow
  • The Foot, Ankle, and Lower Leg
  • The Wrist, Hand and Thorax
  • The Treatment of Headache
  • The Myofascial Treatment of Low Back, Hip and Thigh
  • The Myofascial Treatment of Neck, Thoracic, Rib and Sternum
  • The Myofascial Treatment of the Upper and Lower Limbs

    Taught by:
    Ben Benjamin holds a Ph.D. in Sports Medicine and Education and is the Founder and President of the Muscular Therapy Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He has trained under Dr. James Cyriax, widely known for his pioneering work in orthopedic medicine. Dr. Benjamin is the author of many articles on working with injuries as well as the widely used books in the field, Listen to Your Pain, Are You Tense? and Exercise Without Injury. He has been in private practice for over forty years and teaches extensively throughout the country.

    Ruth Werner, massage therapist and author of A Massage Therapist's Guide to Pathology, published by Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins in 1998, teaches at the Myotherapy College of Utah, and at schools and state chapters all over the country. Ruth has been teaching anatomy, physiology and pathology since 1985 and has a special interest in massage therapy in the context of diseases and pain conditions. She has been working with Dr. Benjamin since 1986 and is one of the few therapist certified to teach his work. Ruth will be assisting in each of the subsequent Advanced Trainings.

    There are six major components to every training.

    Anatomy: Participants view cadaver videos, draw and palpate the relevant musculoskeletal structures.

    Assessment: Each participant practices detailed history taking, palpation of injured structures and over 10 to 35 specific musculoskeletal assessment tests for each part of the body.

    Theory: This portion of each training presents in depth: how to use the history, assessment test findings and results of palpation to determine which structures are injured. The possible causes of injury are discussed as well as effective treatments.

    Integration: After learning the theoretical basis and assessment procedures, the participants integrate this information through hands-on learning games and mock clinics practiced under supervision.

    Clinic: During each training participants practice their skills by taking part in an injury assessment clinic, free and open to the public, under Dr. Benjamin's supervision.

    Technique: Detailed treatment techniques to eliminate unwanted adhesive scar tissue and balance relevant muscles and fascial tissues are taught, practiced and reviewed several times during each training.

    The Benefits of the Benjamin Advanced Training:

  • Participants will come away with a strong foundation of assessment tools with specific tests to rule out and address specific soft tisssue injuries.
  • Practitioners learn to distinguish actual injuries from chronic muscle tension.
  • All segments include a series of assessment tools utilizing resisted and passive tests to isolate the injury type and location.
  • Palpation skills are fine-tuned to allow the practitioner a precise and consistent means of evaluation.
  • Accuracy in assessing injuries reduces treatment time and increases effectiveness of treatment.
  • Flexible attendance options: Segments may be taken in any order and participants may complete the training over a period of years if they wish.
  • All participants who choose to be certified will receive private lessons with Dr. Benjamin or Ruth Werner as part of their training in each segment. Up to half of the students private lessons may be taken with Ruth. These lessons are paid for separately.

    Accents of Each Training:

    The Neck segment focuses on detailed testing for possible nerve root/disc and ligament injuries. There are over 30 specific injuries and conditions of the neck. Assessment tools for this segment include active resistance tests to rule out neurological dysfunction, and passive tests to isolate ligamentous injuries which may be masked by secondary muscle spasms. The Neck segment includes specific frictioning techniques for the ligamentous structures, joints, and muscles.

    The Low Back segment focuses on assessing and understanding which structures are the cause of the clients pain. There are over 25 specific injuries and conditions of the low back Pactitioners learn how to differentiate muscle, ligament and nerve root injuries as well as friction treatment techniques developed by Dr. Benjamin for the elimination of scar tissue in the muscles, ligaments and fascia of the low back. Techniques for the relaxation and balancing of the psoas muscle are also taught and practiced.

    The Knee, Hip, and Thigh segment focuses on detailed testing of acute and chronic injuries to the knee, hip and thigh. There are over 30 specific injuries and conditions in the knee, hip and thigh. The skills learned are helpful in assessing and treating muscle, tendon and ligament injuries. There is a strong focus in this segment on athletic based injuries.

    The Shoulder and Elbow segment focuses on detailed testing of acute and chronic injuries to the shoulder and elbow. There are appoximately 30 specific injuries and conditions of the shoulder and elbow. The skills learned are helpful in assessing and treating tendon and ligament injuries, especially rotator cuff injuries, such as subscapularis, infraspinatus and supraspinatus tendinitis. Participants are taught how to clearly differentiate bursitis and joint injuries from muscle and tendon injuries.

    The Foot, Ankle, and Lower Leg segment focuses on detailed testing of acute and chronic injuries to the foot, ankle, and lower leg. There are almost 30 specific injuries and conditions of the foot, ankle and lower leg. This segment focuses on specific frictioning techniques for the muscles, tendons and ligamentous structures which are most commonly injured.

    The Wrist, Hand and Thorax segment focuses on detailed testing of injuries to these areas. There are almost 35 specific injuries and conditions covered in the wrist, hand and thorax training. The wrist, hand and thorax session focuses on specific frictioning techniques for the many injuries to the tendons and ligaments in the wrist, hand and thorax.

    The Headache segment focuses on the correct assessment of the headache. At least one in four people in North America suffer from migraine or muscle tension headaches. Participants learn how to perform effective hands-on techniques to break the headache cycle as well as gaining new tools to help clients take control and prevent their headaches. Combinations of traditional and alternative methods that work well together for relieving headaches are covered. During the workshop participants observe and perform detailed headache assessments and hands-on headache treatment. You will learn over a dozen techniques to teach clients to help them prevent a headache before it starts. Practitioners bring clients who suffer from headaches to be assessed by small groups of workshop participants and Dr. Benjamin.

    The Myofascial Training seminars focus on treatment technique. In each of these three trainings participants learn how to utilize the myofascial techniques developed by Dr. Benjamin to work on specific injuries to the body. Myofascial scarring and adhesions to underlying structures produce or contribute to many pain syndromes. Understanding how to direct the treatment to the precise injury sites gives you crucial information to enhance your effectiveness in working with pain. This training emphasizes the hands-on learning of very precise myofascial techniques for pain and injury problems. A unique feature of these trainings is the free treatment clinic open to the public at the end of each workshop. This seminar also covers client-therapist relationship, professional ethics and communication skills. Included as well are exercises to prevent the return of adhesive fascial scar tissue and positioning techniques to enable you to apply the treatment protocols with a minimum of stress to your own body.

    Each myofascial training covers a different area of the body:

  • Low back, hip and thigh
  • Neck, thorax, ribs and sternum
  • Upper and lower limbs: includes the treatment of shoulder, arm, elbow, wrist and hand pain as well as knee, low leg, foot and ankle pain.

    Tuition for each training segment:
    $595.00 or $495.00 if you register at least one month early.

    Participants only need to commit to one training at a time.

    The next full Advanced Training with Dr. Benjamin will be in Salt Lake City, Utah

    Projected Starting Date: May 16, 2003
    Trainings will generally occur in May, September and November

    Minimum Enrollment:
    The training segment will proceed if there are a minimum of 28 participants.

    First Year Dates:
    May 16-19, 2003: Assessment and Treatment of Neck Pain
    September 19-22, 2003: Assessment and Treatment of Low Back Pain
    November 7-10, 2003: Assessment and Treatment of Shoulder and Elbow Pain

    Time Frames:
    Friday 2:30pm - 9:30pm, Saturday 10am - 6pm, Sunday 10am - 6pm, Monday 8am - 3pm

    25 CEU's for Each Training Segment
    Dr. Benjamin is an NCBMT Category A Provider

    For further information: Call (800) 876-5586 Dial Access Code 86

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