Enhance Palpation through Cadaver Study - Upper Body

Regardless of when and where we were trained or how much continuing education we have taken, some muscles are just plain difficult to palpate. Some are deeply placed while others are surrounded by neural, vascular, lymphatic and visceral tissues, which demands diligent precaution. A picture may be worth a thousand words, yet seeing these drawn in a book may not translate to working safely around them with our hands. What can we do to be more effective yet remain safe with hands-on techniques? Challenge yourself to become proficient with these elusive structures!

This 8-hour course will explore some of the most difficult to palpate muscles of the upper body as well as other structures for which we must be cautious. Our educational setting is Institute for Anatomical Research (IAR) in Colorado Springs CO. NMT instructor/author Judith DeLany (Director of NMT Center) will guide us through the anatomy (see list below) using graphics and 3D software. Then we will study in the cadaver lab with instructor Bonnie Thompson (Co-founder, Director of Research at IAR), who will explore each listed structure and take you through an up-close investigation of the cadavers. Our remaining time will be spent with both instructors assisting tableside in a hands-on palpation exercise that focuses on the muscle list. This 8 CEU day will have periodic breaks and includes an additional hour for lunch (on your own). Your tuition covers all instruction and the cadaver lab fees.

Advance your skills and build a foundation of knowledge to last a lifetime.

Structures covered in this course:

Muscles: Suboccipital complex, scalenes, longus coli and capitus, supraspinatus, lateral pterygoid, levator scapula, and diaphragm. Other muscles may be included, as time permits.

Neural: The brachial plexus and the vagus, phrenic, and radial nerves

Arteries: Carotid, vertebral, axillary, and subclavius

Regions: Upper body, including carpal tunnel and thoracic outlet

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