In order to collaborate with health professionals, an in-depth client assessment and a comprehensive strategy are necessary. Students will learn the medical terminology needed for these interactions, and become proficient in the skills that are becoming essential to succeed, as healthcare fields integrate. Students learn a detailed assessment protocol known as HOPRS (History, Observation, Palpation, Range of Motion testing, and Special tests). The thorough and methodical assessment provides the therapist insight and understanding of the patient/client medical history and how these factors have contributed to the “problem” being presented. Short term and long term goals for patient/client care and health are created in conjunction with other healthcare professionals as needed. The neuromuscular therapist applies techniques such as lymphatic massage, PNF stretching, DTF, myofascial release, and somatics, which complement the body’s own natural healing processes. This is an exciting field that is growing in awareness and acceptance by both clients and health care providers as they look for integrative therapies in today’s health care system.
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