Dermoneuromodulation (DNM) Seminar
with Jason Erickson, NCTMB, CPT, etc.
March 15 & 16, 2014
American Institute of Alternative Medicine, East Brunswick, NJ
Saturday, 9 am to 6 pm with one hour for lunch
Sunday, 9 am to 4:30 pm with one hour for lunch
16.5 Contact Hours
American Institute of Alternative Medicine
555 Route 18, East Brunswick, NJ 08816
Official Site: http://www.massageschoolnewjersey.com/
Registrants receive a welcome letter including additional information about the venue, hotel options, and other details. For questions, e-mail JasonEseminars@gmail.com - Thanks!
Dermo -> skin
Neuro -> nervous system
Modulation -> change
(DNM) is a method for handling the human body and, most of all, its nervous
system, in order to facilitate change, particularly in terms of its pain and
motor outputs. DNM will not replace everything therapists have already learned,
but it may provide a new conceptual container for it. At the very least it provides the participant
with a novel approach to handling that is patient- and nervous system-friendly.
Light and interactive, DNM ignores musculoskeletal structure and instead targets pain directly, by focusing on the nervous system, continuous from skin cell to sense of self, directly. The only “structures” considered in any depth will be skin and the cutaneous nerve, long ignored in manual therapy - participants will be exposed, perhaps for the first time, to the extensive branched system that innervates skin. DNM will provide participants with an expanded frame through which they can set up the all important treatment relationship, assess patients and their pain problems from the brain’s perspective, teach the patient about pain production without faulting them, recruit their cooperation for manual handling, and put them in charge of their own recovery.
DNM is based on Melzack’s Neuromatrix model of pain, the most clinically useful pain model in existence from an interactive manual therapy standpoint. Persisting pain is the reason most patients come to see a manual therapist. DNM is a fully interactive treatment model: unlike a strictly operative model, in which, for example, biomechanical “faults” must be found, then “corrected”, DNM considers biomechanical expression as defense, not defect. By putting “pain” first; i.e., we put the nervous system of the patient (not their anatomy) front and center in the treatment encounter; we add a bit of strategic novel stimuli, then we wait a few minutes, and allow the nervous system to self-regulate. Subsequent improvement in motor output is assessed and regarded as a sign that the nervous system now works with less intrinsic stress.
● Introduction to the Neuromatrix model of pain, pain as biopsychosocial phenomenon
● Overview of CNS and PNS processing (relevant to any kind of manual therapy)
● Neuroanatomy and neurophysiology of the peripheral nerve
● Overview of the cutaneous system
● Examination of “tunnel syndrome”
● Lab: strategic positions of comfort and skin stretch that have clinically been found to help a prepared nervous system to reduce pain output
Participants will come away with:
● Increased awareness of the role the nervous system plays in pain production, and in response to manual therapy
● Better ways of accessing and communicating with the nervous system on every level
● Appreciation for the cutaneous nervous system
● A science-based method of manual therapy handling that takes into account what has been learned in neuroscience and pain science over the last couple decades
● Better palpation skill, and motivation to have manual therapy hands that are warm, slow, light, kind, effective, responsive and intelligent.
Jason Erickson first learned of Dermoneuromodulation (DNM) in 2009, became a practitioner in 2010, and has taught therapists about DNM concepts and applications in live classes and online. He is grateful to Diane Jacobs, PT, for developing and teaching DNM concepts and applications, and for encouraging him to teach DNM.
He has been a personal trainer since 2004, a massage therapist since 2006, and has earned certifications in Active Isolated Stretching, pre/post-natal massage, corrective exercise, Circular Strength Training, and other disciplines. A former combat athlete, Jason had many injuries and lived with debilitating chronic pain for over a year. His journey back to pain-free health inspired him to leave the corporate world to become a trainer, a therapist, and an educator. Jason co-owns Keep In Touch Massage of Eagan, MN, works part time at Burn Personal Training in Bloomington, MN, and works with elite athletes at Grandma's Marathon, the Half Marathon National Championships, and other events. He can be reached via e-mail to JasonEseminars@gmail.com
Home Page - www.Dermoneuromodulation.com
Diane Jacob's Blog - HumanAntigravitySuit.blogspot.com/
Team blog about neuroscience - Neurotonics.blogspot.com/
Facebook page -- Neuroscience and Pain Science for Manual Physical Therapists
SomaSimple.com forums - The primary online source of information related to DNM
Dermoneuromodulation Facebook Group - Facebook login required
Dermoneuromodulation-based training - Youtube video case study
DNM Manual - 2007 edition
Why Things Hurt, Tedx Talk by Lorimer MoselyDNM for posterior leg/obturator nerveDNM for shoulder/arm
DNM applications for shoulder and hip pain.
A little neuro-fun: