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Thoracic Ganglia: Clinical Considerations (PDX), Oct 26-28, 2018

Thoracic Ganglia: Clinical Considerations is a 2.5 day lab and lecture based class focused on the interplay of the autonomic and somatic neuroanatomy and neurophysiology from the T5 Thoracic Ganglia down to the L2 Sympathetic Ganglia including the Greater, Lesser, and Least Splanchnic nerves.  This class is an introduction to the role the somatic and autonomic thoracic nerves (sympathetic and parasympathetic) play in the biomechanical function of the subdiaphragmatic structures and lower rib cage down to the iliac crest in biomechanical as well as visceral dysfunction. 


This practical, evidence-informed course educates practitioners, manual therapists and healthcare professionals in understanding the causes and effects of disordered autonomic function and provides strategies and protocols to help restore normal function in this area.


Thoracic Ganglia: Clinical Considerations weaves together the understanding of how to make use of the good regional information provided by mixed autonomic ganglia with the fine local control of mixed autonomic plexuses and use that understanding to integrate global dynamic equilibrium through manual contacts and treatments. This knowledge will aid the practitioner in their ability to develop an appropriate manual treatment regimen to optimize and improve that patients' reflex arc function in balance, visual field, respiration, cardio-pulmonary, neurohormonal signaling, glandular response and upper body integration through complex movement patterns.

Thoracic Ganglia: Clinical Considerations


October 26-28th, 2018

Courtyard by Marriott Airport

Address11550 NE Airport Way, Portland, OR 97216

Phone: (503) 255-1500


Class participants will learn how to:

1. Recite the somatic and autonomic aspects of symptoms of thoracic ganglia dysfunction.

2. Demonstrate the appropriate local and global provocation tests to determine the sources of thoracic ganglia dysfunctions.

3. Design a manual therapy treatment based on ganglia tenderness, joint dysfunction, and abdominal visceral symptomatology.

4. Describe the pathophysiology of the musculoskeletal, neural, vascular, and lymphatic structures secondary to faulty adaptive patterns.


Target audience: All licensed or certified healthcare providers including, but not limited to: PT, AT, DC, MT, RN, OT, and ND.


18 contact hours – 18 1-A hours anticipated  


Instructors: Neal O'Neal, PT and Dennis Eaton, MPT


Class is held 9-5 Friday / Saturday and 8-12 Sunday and will be a combination of Lecture and Lab.




8:30am – 9 am            Sign in

9am – 10:30am           Somatic and Autonomic Nerves of the Thoracic Ganglia  (Lecture)

10:30am – 10:45am    Break

10:45am – 12pm         Mixed Ganglia: Ventral (Prevertebral) Ganglia (Lecture)

12 – 1pm                      Lunch

1pm – 1:45pm             Symptomology Sources of Abdominal Viscera (Lecture)

1:45pm – 2:30pm        Global and Regional Provocation Tests (Lab)

2:30pm – 2:45pm        Break

2:45pm – 5:30pm        Somatic and Autonomic Nerve Treatment (Lab)



9am – 10:30am           Treatment of Somatic and Autonomic Nerves of the Abdominal Visceral (Lab)

10:30am – 10:45am    Break

10:45am – 12pm         Treatment of the Mixed Ganglia of the Abdominal Viscera (Lab)

12 – 1pm                      Lunch

1pm – 2:30pm             Integrated Somatic and Autonomic Nerve and Mixed Ganglia Treatment (Lab)

2:30pm – 2:45pm        Break

2:45pm – 5:30pm        Integrated Somatic and Autonomic Nerve and Mixed Ganglia Treatment (Lab)



8am – 10:15am           Common Adaptive Postures (Lecture)

10:15am – 12pm        Neurological Approaches- Ganglia Treatment (Lab)

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