Palpation and Assessment Skills

Palpation and Assessment Skills

Validated by IPTI - (Independent Professional Therapists International)
5 cpd points

A vital skill for a quality bodyworker is the ability to perform an accurate postural and clinical assessment. The majority of physical aches and pains stem from distorted posture arising from dysfunctional body parts. This in turn forces the body to make ill-fated adjustments. With the increasingly repetitive movement patterns associated with modern living, the incidence of postural faults is on the rise.

Postural and clinical assessment plays a vital role in effective massage treatment allowing you, as a massage therapist, to identify the structural deformities and identify the root cause of your clients’ problems. Now, more than ever, it is essential that bodywork professionals have both a sound understanding of postural faults and the precise skills necessary for their assessment.

Palpation skills are of paramount importance to achieve effective assessment results. Subtle and sensitivity of touch and the accurate interpretation of palpatory tests are the foundation of all effective manual therapy assessments and treatments These skills are difficult to learn from written descriptions or static illustrations alone. The training you will receive on our workshop will lead you through a carefully structured sequence of learning experiences which increase, expand and change your assessment.

Course Details:

During this highly interactive day, you will learn to examine the skeletal structure, soft tissues, skin and surface markings, both visually and by touch.

The workshop will cover the following:

~ Assessment Basics

  • Observations – Mastering visual assessment
  • Completion of consultation form

~ Essential elements of postural assessment

  • Increase your understanding of posture and factors affecting it
  • Identify positions and activities likely to cause postural stress
  • Carry out accurate postural assessments
  • Completing Postural Assessment Chart

~ Clinical Assessment Skills

  • Anatomical movements revision
  • Range of movement tests
  • Active and passive tests
  • Muscle length test

~ Palpation Skills

  • Exercises to develop palpatory skill, depth of touch and sensitivity
  • Discover which areas of the hand are more sensitive to different types of stimuli
  • Surface & deep palpation
  • Skin texture: temperature: degrees of change
  • Observing surface anatomy of shoulder: knee: spine
  • Palpating structures of the musculoskeletal system
  • Palpating key bony landmarks
  • Palpating joint lines
  • Palpate the origins, insertions and bellies of the muscles (Muscles of the Back and Neck plus Muscles of the Hip and Leg)

~ Massage strategy

~ Advice and guidance

Throughout the workshop, there will be ample opportunity to practice the necessary skills. Adding these skills to your repertoire will make all the difference in the effectiveness of your treatments.

Who Can Attend?

This course is open to practitioners, qualified in any form of Body Massage Therapy. It is ideally suited to anyone who is recently qualified in Massage Therapy or working towards the MSCM Therapeutic Massage Diploma. It is also of benefit to experienced therapists who may not have covered this during formal training.

Recognition by Professional Associations

Validated by IPTI – (Independent Professional Therapists International) and widely accepted by most Professional Bodies

More Information

The workshop will be largely practical in content and you will be required to wear appropriate clinic workwear for the duration of the course. During the session you will practise on each other under the supervision of the tutor who will offer guidance and feedback.

Duration: 1 day

Course fees include:
~ All class tuition
~ A comprehensive course manual
~ An MSCM Certificate of Attendance for your professional portfolio
~ 5 cpd points

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Please note - all deposits and course fees are non-refundable.

All transfers are at the discretion of the school and would be subject to an administrative charge of £25.00

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