"A neurofascial approach is any method of bodywork aimed at the interface of the nervous system and related tissues.

The neurofascia is a connected system of nerves and fascia that traverses the whole body.  Using a dynamic interplay of mechanics and signaling, the neurofascia coordinates our movement, fluid dynamics, and inflammatory response. 

The disruption of these functions is a core factor in chronic pain, motion restriction, and nerve entrapment." 

Instructor: Michael Hamm LMP CCST


Qualifications and Credentials

Touching a Nerve: Fundamentals Of Palpation and Treatment

  • Learning how to think like a nerve.  Manual treatment of nerves is profoundly under-taught in massage and physical therapy schools. Given a compelling body of evidence suggesting that irritated nerves contribute to pain and movement limitation, nerve palpation has become an essential skill for any treatment-oriented bodyworker.  In practice, we constantly encounter nerve-related conditions, such as:
  1. Neural Tension & Entrapment
  2. Chronic Spinal Pain
  3. Fibrocontractile Disorders
  4. Surgical Adhesions & Hardware
  5. Cervicogenic Headache
  • Info and skills covered: Learn the anatomy, mechanics, and physiologic behavior of nerve tissue. Perform basic assessment of neural tension. Locate several major nerves (both deep and superficial) in relation to fascial planes. Treat entrapped and inflamed nerves using both direct and indirect fascial techniques.

Neurofascial Approach To Entrapment: Lower Extremity (Sciatica & Related)

  • Assessing and treating systematically the nerves of the lower extremity and their   fascial environment.  Conditions like sciatica, obturator neuralgia, and pelvic floor pain often have a neurofascial driver — a pattern of inflammation, neural tension, and protective spasm. 
  • Info and skills covered: Local fascial anatomy of nerves in the lower extremity. Lower extremity nerve mechanics. Pathogenesis of Sciatica and related conditions. Basic physiology of peripheral neuroinflammation. Palpation of common sites of neurovascular entrapment. Systematic assessment and treatment strategies for Sciatica and related conditions.

Neurofascial Approach to Upper Extremity Entrapment (TOS/CTS)

  • Systematically treat fascial adhesions, bony compressions, and neural tensions that underlie Thoracic Outlet and Carpal Tunnel Syndromes.
  • Info and skills covered:  General ideas around nerve mechanics and pathogenesis. Basic physiology of peripheral neuroinflammation.  Local Fascial anatomy of nerves in the upper extremity.  Palpation of common sites of neurovascular entrapment.  Systematic assessment and treatment strategies for Thoracic Outlet and Carpal Tunnel syndromes.

Embodied Anatomy

  • Four day advanced training, a hands-on class that provides methods of palpation, movement, and symbolism to deepen interoceptive skills and therapeutic language. 

Frozen Shoulder  (8 hour credit class)

Diaphragm, Breath, and Vocal Column (8 hour credit class) 

Neurofascial Release