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Day 1: Frustrating Neck Injuries | Jul 29, 2023 (Saturday) · 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Day 2: Active Assisted Stretching Lower Body Program | Jul 30, 2023 (Sunday) · 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

CE Hours: 14


FOR YOUR SAFETY: Participants will be notified of any COVID-19 restrictions prior to the event.


Prospective attendees can sign up for either one or two days and get the full experience. Each course is NCBTMB-approved for 7 CE hours.

Dr. Benjamin founded the Muscular Therapy Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1974 and has been in private practice for 55 years. He travels throughout the country teaching orthopedic manual therapy, ethics, and Active Assisted Stretching.  He is the author of Are You Tense?, Exercise without InjuryListen to your Pain, and a co-author of the Ethics of Touch and Conversation Transformation. Over the last two decades, he has also created a series of DVD and streaming programs on the assessment and treatment of the low back, the neck, the knee, the shoulder, and various common injuries as well as a 3-volume series on advanced technique and a 7–part series on Active Assisted Stretching.


Frustrating Neck Injuries

Orthopedic Assessment & Treatment

Neck pain and injuries are often misunderstood. A searing pain in the shoulder blade, a burning sensation down the arm, and a numbing, crawling sensation in the hand can all be the result of injuries to various structures in the cervical region.

Cervical injuries are second in prevalence only to those in the lumbar region. In fact, it is rare to find anyone who has not suffered from neck pain at some point in their life. Severe neck injuries can make life miserable for months or years. They may result from a fall, a head-on collision in an athletic event, working at the computer for many hours, or a car accident — particularly one involving whiplash.

In this course, you will learn over 2 dozen orthopedic assessment tests to pinpoint challenging neck injuries. We will then address the injuries through several different treatment modalities including friction therapy, myofascial therapy, muscle energy techniques, and Active Isolated Stretching for the neck. You will also learn how to physically locate and palpate each muscle, tendon, and ligament targeted with these treatment techniques.


Active Assisted Stretching Lower Body Program

Low Back, Hip, Thigh, Knee, Lower Leg, Foot, & Ankle

This intensive workshop teaches you a comprehensive, effective stretching protocol for the lower body. Active Assisted Stretching (AAS) energizes the body, enhances the health of the tissues, increases flexibility, protects the body from injury, enhances the healing process, re-aligns the fascia, and makes building strength more effective. AAS is especially good for athletes, the elderly, and the injured, and can also benefit the neurologically impaired.

During this workshop, you will practice every stretch until you can perform them efficiently both individually and in sequence, with the least effort. You will also learn self-stretches to teach your clients who need to focus on stretching specific structures.


Learn Assessment Testing and Hands-On Treatment for the most commonly injured structures in the neck:

  • Supraspinous Ligaments
  • Intertransverse Ligaments
  • Sternocleidomastoid Muscles
  • Anterior Scalene Muscles
  • Middle Scalene Muscles
  • Posterior Scalene Muscles
  • Suboccipital Muscles
  • Digastric Muscles
  • Hyoid Muscles


There are six major components to the training:

  • Anatomy: Find and palpate the relevant musculoskeletal structures.
  • Assessment: Learn and practice all the injury assessment tests for the shoulder.
  • Theory: Learn how to use the history, positive assessment test findings, and results of palpation to determine which structures are injured. We’ll discuss the possible causes of injury as well as effective treatments.
  • Integration: Integrate what you’ve learned about the theory and assessment procedures through hands-on learning games and supervised clinics.
  • Technique: Learn and practice detailed treatment techniques to eliminate adhesive scar tissue.
  • Clinic: On the final day of the training, practice your skills in an injury assessment clinic, free and open to the public, under Dr. Benjamin’s supervision.

Who should attend this workshop?

  • This workshop is for massage therapists who want to increase their expertise and success rate in working with clients who suffer from shoulder injuries.
  • You will learn how to find the exact source of a client’s pain and provide targeted treatments.
  • The workshop will give you the knowledge and understanding to make you a more effective massage therapist.


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