Course Description

Hendrickson Method® Training: Practitioner Level 1 (84 hrs.)

Our Professional Certification training begins in September. During this course, students learn the science of orthopedic therapy, clinical assessment, fundamentals of pathology, contraindications for massage and manual therapy, and are supervised in the practice of Hendrickson Method. Each lecture includes aspects of clinical anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, the science of injury and repair of soft tissue and joints, and the scientific foundations of massage. Students learn the patterns of soft tissue dysfunction, including the concepts of Lauren Berry, P.T., a legendary healer, physical therapist, mechanical engineer, and Dr. Hendrickson’s mentor. Two-thirds of the class is table work and includes assessment and specific treatment protocols of massage, joint mobilization, and muscle energy technique for most orthopedic conditions, including low back pain, cervical whiplash, rotator cuff injuries, plantar fasciitis, and tennis elbow. Students are introduced to wave mobilization®, a unique massage stroke developed by Dr. Hendrickson. Modeled after ocean waves, this stroke mobilizes the soft tissue as well as the joints using a gentle oscillating rhythm.

The Practitioner Level 1 training is 3, 4-day modules held three times per academic year. The full Hendrickson Method Certification course includes both Practitioner Level 1 and Practitioner Level 2 training.

Prerequisites: A health care license or a California Massage Practitioner/Therapist certificate.

 

Hendrickson Method® Training: Practitioner Level 2 (84 hrs.)

The Practitioner Level 2 training is a continuation of Hendrickson Method Training: Practitioner Level 1. It focuses on helping students deepen their knowledge of the science of orthopedic therapy and clinical assessment. Students take an additional 3, 4-day modules, allowing a breadth of knowledge and skill gained by more time with the material and teachers. The testing and the hands-on expectations are raised at the Advanced level.

Material covered includes the anatomy and physiology of joint capsules and cartilage, and the neurological effects of joint dysfunction. Students learn the patterns of soft tissue dysfunction, including the concepts of Vladimir Janda M.D., a pioneer in manual medicine with whom Dr. Hendrickson trained. Lecture topics include pathology and the contraindications for massage and manual therapy. Table work includes advanced assessment skills, including differential assessment, and how to communicate with other health care providers. Two-thirds of classroom hours are devoted to learning specific treatment protocols including massage, joint mobilization, and muscle energy technique for more complex orthopedic conditions including peripheral entrapment neuropathies. Advanced levels of muscle energy technique are presented. Students are instructed in how to deepen their internal energy.

Students who successfully meet all course requirements will receive Hendrickson Method Certification and the right to use the title: Hendrickson Method Practitioner.

Prerequisites: Hendrickson Method Training: Practitioner Level 1