To register, fill out the form at the bottom of this page or call us at (860) 673-0223. Scroll down for more information about our workshops.
Back pain and Sciatica Workshop
In this workshop you will learn:
1) The most common types of back pain
2) Common causes of back pain
3) Tips to minimize or reduce back pain
4) Top treatments for back pain
The workshop is taught by Dr. Andy Schaefer, PhD who is a Physical Therapy Assistant, Clinical Somatic Education and Neuroscientist. Preregister below to hold your spot. Our next workshop is Thursday, January 19, 2017 from 6:15-7 pm
Relieving Temporomandibular Joint and Orofacial Pain
Treating TMD with physical therapy is an effective method to relieve pain and discomfort. The focus of physical therapy for temporomandibular disorders (TMDs) is relaxation, stretching, and releasing tight muscles and scar tissue. We will discuss how the temporomandibular joint, neck, thoracic (upper) spine and shoulder girdle are related and how to minimize factors that can contribute to jaw and face pain including posture and stress. Our next workshop is Thursday, February 2, 2017 from 6:15-7pm.
Reduce shoulder & neck tension
Do you carry tension in your neck and shoulders? Do you find you wear your shoulders by your ears like earrings? Does your neck tension cause headaches? If you answered yes, then this is the workshop is for you. Learn what causes your body to tense muscles, some simple exercises to reduce muscular tension, and how to build body awareness to prevent muscle tightness from starting in the first place. Our next workshop is Thursday, February 16, 2017 from 6:15-7 pm
Did you know that your feet have three distinct arches? Feet are incredibly complicated structures that have 33 joints and more than 100 muscles, tendons and ligaments! Learn how normal walking should to strengthen your feet and how your feet can influence the posture of the rest of your body and vice versa. Discussions can include how to maintain strong, flexible feet to prevent or manage conditions like plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, posterior tibialis tendon dysfunction, and more. Our next workshop is Thursday, March 16, 2017 from 6:15-7 pm
Preparing for Joint Replacement Surgery
Getting in shape prior to surgery can make recovery easier. Pre-habilitation – “pre-hab” for short – is an exercise therapy program started at least six weeks (and preferably longer) before surgery. Studies have shown that the stronger and more flexible you are going into surgery, the faster you recover. Goals of a good pre-hab program include improved strength both for the limb under going surgery and the rest of your body as you compensate for the limb after surgery, improved body awareness and movement mechanics, as well as improved overall stamina and cardiovascular capacity can improve the rate of healing and recovery.
You’ve got your ski pass and ski equipment, and you’re excited for the ski season. Now is the perfect time to condition your body for the powder days ahead. It's important to have good overall conditioning, and did you know that studies have been done on training programs that are scientifically proven to reduce injuries during skiing? Learn the latest science and be reminded of common sense tips on how to stay safe during the most wonderful time of the year. Our 2016 workshop was held on Thursday, November 10, 2016 from 615-7 pm.
Rotational Sports Tune Up
What do baseball, golf, and tennis all have in common? They all convert rotational energy into angular power as you transfer momentum from your body to the ball. Did you know that in golf, club head speed can reach over 80 mile/hr in under 1.3 seconds? How much force does your rotator cuff have to generate to achieve those 90 mile/hr fastballs? We touch upon biomechanics, the components of a well-rounding conditioning program, as well as the warning signs athletes should be familiar with to reduce the chance of injury. Next workshop date TBA.
About our Speaker:
Andy has a PhD in neurosciences and spent 25 years conducting original research on the cellular basis of nerve regeneration - publishing numerous peer-reviewed articles. In 2011 Andy personally experienced the healing power of Hanna Somatic Education—a movement therapy that takes full advantage of modern neurobiological principles of learning and movement control. He is now certified as a Clinical Somatic Educator and has taught 100+ Somatic Movement group classes and private sessions. Andy recently completed training as a physical therapist assistant to bring his skill set to a wider clientele. He enjoys sharing his knowledge on brain function and movement to empower people of all activity levels to help them live pain free.