Orthopedic Procedures and Post-Surgical Precautions for the Massage Therapist

December 12, 2021 : 9:00am - 6:00pm


Orthopedic Procedures and Post-Surgical Precautions for the Massage Therapist

Sunday, December 12, 2021 | 9:00am-6:00pm*

*1-hour break includes a complimentary lunch, courtesy of the AMTA-MA Chapter, and Chapter Meeting

Cape Codder Resort and Hotel | 1225 Iyannough Rd, Hyannis, MA 02601

Cost: $95 AMTA Members | $125 Non-Members

Class Description

In 2014 there were over one million total hip replacements and total knee replacements combined performed in the United States alone. That number is expected to increase to over four million by the year 2030 according to the American Joint Replacement Registry. That does not include total shoulder replacements, reverse total shoulder replacements or rotator cuff surgeries. 

There is an education gap between a massage therapist and an entry level PTA or PT, Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant. Too many massage therapists do not understand hip and shoulder orthopedic pathologies, how the surgeries are performed and what post-surgical safeguards and precautions the surgeon may require of the patient and therapist. This course describes these pathologies, the surgical procedures and their post-surgical precautions so the massage therapist will be better able to treat their patients without doing harm to the patient or the surgeries. 

While this course is not a technique course, students will get a refresher in anatomy and arthrokinematics, learn about goniometry, how to use a goniometer and landmark properly, and review joint ROM measurements. They will be educated on normal and abnormal end feels when assessing ROM and what that means in terms of possible tissue damage. Students will learn about manual muscle testing and how to perform it properly, understand and apply grading scales and what that means for possible pathologies. Students will be able to evaluate the above information and apply it to their patients. They will understand how to communicate with doctors and physical therapists in "their own language".

Course Objectives

  • Improve anatomical and arthrokinematics knowledge
  • Describe pathologies, surgeries, and employ precautions
  • Perform goniometry
  • Review normal joint ROM
  • Perceive normal and abnormal joint End Feel
  • Demonstrate Manual Muscle Testing
  • Apply grading systems
  • Evaluate the above information
  • Communicate with MDs and PTs in their language to foster better understanding of how massage can help their patients

About the Instructor

Matthew Gavzy earned his Associates in Applied Science as Physical Therapist Assistant in 2004 from Bergen Community College where he graduated Phi Theta Kappa and tops in his class.

Matthew is also a Licensed Massage Therapist with over 25 years of experience, a Professional Member of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) and is Board Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. He is an AMTA Clinical Sports Massage Specialist and Clinical Rehabilitative Massage Specialist. He has worked many national and international sporting events including the 1996 Atlanta Olympic and Paralympic Games, ATP and WTA Tennis Events, AVP Pro Beach Volleyball, and NY, Boston and Baltimore Marathons.

Matthew earned a BS in Economics from the University of Delaware and the owner of Body Workings Massage Therapy, specializing in Orthopedic, Sports and (Chronic) Pain Management massage.

Hotel Accommodations

Visit their website by clicking here. Mention that you're part of the Massachusetts AMTA Chapter and get a room rate of $145 per night OR book online and use code AMTA2021. Reservations need to by made no later than 11/11/2021.

COVID-19 Information

As there is still a pandemic happening, we understand your concerns about attending an in-person class. Masks are required for non-vaccinated attendees. Otherwise, we will follow state and local guidelines and precautions. The AMTA-MA Chapter will give a full refund for the course if you suddenly become symptomatic before the class or if you have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19 within 14 days of class.

For any other reason, the AMTA-MA Chapter has a no refund policy. We are happy to allow you to transfer your unused education credit to a future AMTA-MA Chapter event. In the event you have to reschedule, please email education@massamta.org and we will issue you an AMTA-MA Chapter Education Credit valid for one year.