|Dr. Clifford M. Shooker, DC, DABCN, PA
Only Approved for Massage Therapists
The home study program regards soft tissue manipulative treatment in the management of peripheral entrapment
syndromes including both upper and lower extremity entrapment syndromes. The student uses a manual, and 24x36” wall
posters for independent study, then completes a 157 question written test. The course begins with a general orientation to
neurology, and what peripheral entrapment means. A basis for understanding symptoms is laid out, along with the basics
for communicating with other professionals and general principles of managing these conditions. Specifics of when and
how to use soft tissue manipulation and when not to use soft tissue manipulation in management are addressed.
What follows is a general orientation to the nerves of the extremities. Neurology can be difficult and Dr. Shooker provides a
"therapist friendly" introduction to the basics of the neurological supply to the extremities. The subject matter is broken into
easily recognized patterns.
Building on the basics of how the nerves are organized, some of the more common nerves to be involved are introduced,
along with where they run and where they tend to get "trapped." This part of the course involves a review of anatomy that the
therapist is familiar with, and information regarding where nerves run. General concepts of which nerves affect which areas
With the basics in place specific common entrapment syndromes are introduced. Here the common terminology used
within the field is employed, and the therapists learn the vocabulary to match the concepts already introduced.
Finally the program addresses specifics regarding documentation along with providing some time saving techniques for
fast, efficient documentation.
A variety of learning techniques are employed including labeling diagrams (provided in the manual). Again building on the
basics introduced in the beginning of the program, specific soft tissue manipulation techniques in approaching the nerve
entrapments are described and students are encouraged to practice on other therapists.
Finally, the test is oriented to reinforce concepts. Hopefully the student will be able to pass on the first try. If not, questions
are returned marked with guiding questions so as to troubleshoot the concepts missed.
The subject matter is challenging, and for most participants encompasses a great deal of new information. The reference
materials put the information at the therapist’s fingertips to use in the office, and for client education. The course simplifies
very challenging information, and give therapists a strong initial background to build on.
Fee: $100.00 includes manual, set of posters, and certified for 18 CEUs (LMTs only)