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Spring Conference 2014

  • 12-Apr-2014
  • 13-Apr-2014
  • Chico Hot Springs


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Chico Hot Springs
April 12-13, 2014

Introduction to Barral Visceral Manipulation
10.25 CE Hours

Room block ends March 10 so book your rooms today!


Board Meeting, April 11, 6-8pm

April 12:
8am - 12noon          CE Course with break
12noon - 2:00pm     MAPTA Business Meeting and Lunch
2:00pm - 5:00pm     CE Course continues, with break
5:00pm - 6:00pm      Reception for attendees

April 13:
8am - 12noon          CE Course continues. (This may change to 7am-11am depending on speaker's travel plans)

Reserve your rooms today:
Chico Hot Springs Resort
Please request the MAPTA Room Block by March 10.
Lodging can also be found in Livingston at this link.

Room types:
Main Lodge w/ 1 dbl bed and private bath - $93
Main Lodge w/ 2 dbl bed and private bath - $93
Main Lodge w/ 1 queen bed and private bath - $93
Main Lodge w/ 1 dbl bed and shared bath - $55
Main Lodge w/ 1 queen bed and shared bath - $69
Lower Lodge with 2 queen beds and private bath - $129
Fisherman's Lodge with 2 queen beds and private bath - $124

They have many types of rooms. Please see their website at www.chicohotsprings.com for room descriptions. If another room interests you, please ask if they can put it on our block.

Introduction to Barral Visceral Manipulation


Synopsis: This course demonstrates the importance integrating of Barral Visceral Manipulation into a Physical Therapy Practice. The focus will be on the musculoskeletal system, but that is just one of the systems of the body that Visceral Manipulation will assist.

 According to French Osteopath Jean-Pierre Barral, Developer of Visceral Manipulation, up to 90% of musculoskeletal problems have a visceral component. An integrative approach to evaluation and treatment of any musculoskeletal dysfunction requires assessment of the structural relationships between the viscera, and their fascial or ligamentous attachments to the musculoskeletal system. Viscera move like the musculoskeletal system in 3 dimensions. A ligamentous and fascial support system attaches them to the posterior wall of the body. If there is tension in the ligaments, there will be tension and compensations in the back body wall and throughout the body. 

 All viscera have physiological motion that relates to normal pain-free movement; so knowledge of this is essential to see patients within an integrate

Course Objectives:
  • Discover how Visceral Manipulation assists functional and structural imbalances throughout the body including musculoskeletal, vascular, nervous, urogenital, respiratory, digestive and lymphatic dysfunction.
  • Learn to evaluate and treat the dynamics of motion and suspension in relation to organs, membranes, fascia and ligaments.
  • Understand how Visceral Manipulation increases proprioceptive communication within the body, thereby revitalizing a person and relieving symptoms of pain, dysfunction, and poor posture.
  • Learn evaluation techniques to uncover primary restrictive patterns.
  • Learn common Visceral-Somatic pain patterns that will benefit your treatment of patients.
  • See first-hand how to integrate Visceral Manipulation into treatment sessions, and why without it, treatment sessions may be incomplete.

About the Speaker:
Dr. Ann Ryan is a physical therapist with 35 years of experience in a variety of collaborative practice settings including private, institutional, and corporate.  She holds BS in Physical Therapy (Indiana University) and Doctor of Physical Therapy  (Rosalind Franklin University) degrees as well as multiple certifications for practicing and teaching visceral manipulation techniques.  Dr. Ryan currently owns and operates her own successful private practice in Minnesota where she focuses on manual therapy for the treatment of difficult to resolve conditions such as chronic pain, headaches, and neuralgias.

Additional Details

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Business Meeting
Business meeting and elections will be held at noon on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at Chico Hot Springs. Lunch is included for those registered for Saturday courses. Please RSVP for just the lunch if you are not in the course: www.mapta.com (register on this event’s page).

Cancellation Policy
MAPTA reserves the right to refuse/cancel an event registration. If MAPTA refuses a registration, registrants will be offered a full refund.
Registration Cancellation by Participant:
• Cancellations will be accepted in writing via fax, email, or mail.
• A $25.00 administration fee will be withheld when cancellation occurs up to ten days prior to the start of the event; 50% refund if cancelled 2-10 days prior; 25% refund if cancelled 0-1 day prior.

Group Discounts:
10% Discount for 3 or more APTA Member PTs/PTAs from one clinic. Fees for all persons must be made with one payment. No exceptions. Credit will not be provided at a later date.


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