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Vancouver, BC | June 22-23, 2024

$895 $695
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OBJECTIVE: To understand the principles of Performance Therapy and how movement can be used to direct therapy to improve movement and help athletes return from injury.

Joint Pumping: An Introduction to the Lower Limb

What is articular pumping?

Pumping is an osteopathic technique that has been expanded and enriched by world-renowned French osteopath, Guy Voyer, who has developed hundreds of pumping techniques for the body. Pumping is literally a means of moving the liquid in the body, particularly the liquid in the fascia, which surrounds all the body’s organs, glands, bones, nerves, muscles, ligaments and tendons.  There are many different pumping techniques: they are NOT meant to mechanically treat the joint but to treat each individual ligament, tendon, synovium, or capsule that compromises the tissues that require treatment.

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Pumping for Inflammation

Pumping is very effective in managing the acute inflammatory process or stimulating healing in chronic cases.  Ice is only recommended for the first 12-24 hours; after that, ice has a potential negative effect on the inflammation process.  Pumping reduces inflammation and promotes the healing process by moving fluid in and around joints, tendons, and ligaments, promoting inflammatory mediators.  Pumping also helps normalize the body’s soft tissue (fascia), promotes proper biomechanics, and can decrease pain.

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Where Sport and Manual Therapy Meet

Philosophy of Therapy and Performance

1. Functional movement

Observation of functional movement allows a coach/therapist to observe movements based on real-world situational biomechanics, using multi-planar, multi-joint movements that place demand on the body’s core musculature and innervation. These can be the introduction of  Activities of Daily Living or linked directly to any sport-specific movements. While there are many screens utilized in sport, we will tend towards a sport-specific movement screen, in particular one that has been developed by several of the world’s leading track and field coaches and therapists. 

This can also be carried out with sub-acute injuries and post-surgery, providing the outcome of the movement is known.

2. Manual intervention to restore normal joint movement (osteoarticular), proprioception and surrounding tissue movement. 

Massage therapists, Chiropractors, Physical Therapists, Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners,  Athletic Trainers, Osteopaths, and other Manual Therapists will use direct hands-on techniques.  Strength Coaches/Personal Trainers will use many indirect techniques. However, all are still aiming to improve tissue and joint mobility movements by affecting nerves, joints, ligaments, muscular and connective tissues. For the purpose of this course we will use techniques that both authors have used for over 20 years, having proven successful at the very highest level of sport as well as with patients and clients in private practice.

3. Muscle/joint test. 

Depending on your scope of practice, we have used muscle testing purely as a test to ensure the musculature is behaving as expected around a given joint. Additionally, we want to observe that the joint has a ‘normal’ range. Some professions may use orthopedic joint testing and self-directed movements to compare asymmetries in the client. In this case, we use Kendall’s manual muscle testing to highlight activity, or lack thereof, within tested muscle groups. While we will treat these during hands-on therapy and follow this up with exercise, manual muscle testing allows us another point of reference to observe activation patterns in an athlete over time.

4. Reinforcement of Proprioception-based exercises. 

Exercises around any specific joint that have been involved to re-establish correct afferent/efferent feedback (peripheral and central feedback loops). The brain and Central Nervous  System are sensory organs. The quality of efferent (muscular) output is only as good as the quality of afferent (sensory) input. Manual therapy not only improves the mechanical qualities of the joints and soft tissues we treat but also improves the “environment” within the soft tissues where our sensory receptors are housed, improving the quantity and quality of sensory input to the sensorimotor system.

5. Reinforcement of strength and mobility. 

If needed specific reinforcement of the muscle (group) around any specific joint due to previous inhibition/CSA loss whether acute/chronic change (strengthening or stretching).

The Outline

Your Instructors

Gerry and Andy bring over fifty years of experience working at the highest level with individuals and teams in the US, UK and Europe. They have extensive experience in the application of performance therapy and a broad range of manual skills they utilise to help individuals.

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Andy Burke

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Gerry Ramogida

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Vancouver, BC | June 22-23, 2024

8:00- 6:00 Daily
Venue TBD
$895 $695
Prices in CAD 🇨🇦