Continuing Education

About Continuing Education Courses

VCMT hosts a variety of continuing education courses by RMTs and other professionals from Vancouver and area. Continuing education courses are designed to enhance your abilities as a healthcare professional and to connect you with the best and brightest.

If you are interested in registering for a course, please see the individual post for contact info.

Continuing Education with Robert Hackwood

Beyond Basic Cranial: Introduction to Craniomandibular Orthopedics–Oct 27th, 28th 2018–420$(Plus GST)

As the name suggests, you must have at least Basic Cranial to take this course.
Now that you can feel the cranial rhythmical impulse you have probably noticed that some heads are more “pumped up.” You can make improvements to some heads but fail to notice change in others. Or the improvement can take a very, very long time. By improving the mobility at the pivots you will increase the motility more rapidly than by doing many other maneuvers. This is when you start becoming a therapist by picking and choosing what you will work on and why versus following a set protocol.

What are pivots?

There are certain areas in the cranium that are extra special. These areas are where there are bevel changes between bone(s) and we call them “pivots.” When the sutures become “gummy” and “sticky” there is less compliance through the head. Unlocking these pivots allows the bones to express themselves and you will feel more motion under your hands.


Simply TMJ–April 28th, 29th, 2018–420$ (Plus GST)

This is a comprehensive workshop on the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and soft tissues involved.
We will walk through the functional anatomy and physiology of movement of the TMJ. Measuring the movement of the jaw and taking a base line will help us determine if the problem is muscular or derangement of the joint. (The measuring tool is included in the cost of the tuition.) The “Achilles heel” of the TMJ will be explored. Then we will learn the common areas of pathology and how we can rebalance the tissues to restore harmony to this difficult joint. These tissues include external and internal tissues and how to reposition the disc within the joint.
There are an enormous number of your clients suffering with pain and noises in the TMJ. You will be given the tools to help with their suffering and as a result build your practice through word of mouth.
You will be shown clear directions for homecare to help progress and maintain the changes you facilitate in your treatment room. Your patients will feel confident in your knowledge and understanding of this often-misunderstood area after you have taken this course.

Fascial Facet Release–June 23rd, 24th 2018–252$ (plus GST)

The fast gentle way to correct joint dysfunctions
Correcting facet joint dysfunctions are an important aspect of manual therapy. As Massage Therapists we often employ Muscle Energy Technique (MET). This is an excellent choice for many people. However, just like high velocity (Chiropractic) adjustments it can be too aggressive or inconvenient at times. Using two subtle techniques we can correct facet restrictions and also change muscle tonus to the paraspinal muscles.
Sacral Balancing

Based on osteopathic principles and an alternative to chiropractic and mucle energy techniques. Creating a stable foundation at the pelvis can help with apparent leg length discrepancies, scoliotic patterns, upper cervical mal-alignment, low back and pelvic pain associated with joint restrictions. This method is gentle enough to use on just about any body.
You will learn how to differentiate between sacroiliac joint restrictions and pelvic visera causing restriction in the pelvis. Direct assessment of the sacrum will take place in two forms: static (positional) and dynamic (motion testing).

Please contact Robert at to enroll!

Graston Technique Course

Back by popular demand, Graston Technique is coming back to Vancouver. The Module 1 Basic Training and Module 2 Advanced Training is being held at the Vancouver College of Massage Therapy on February 24th – 25th, 2018.

Learn how 6 highly specialized stainless steel instruments can help augment your manual treatments, achieve better clinical outcomes, all while saving your hands! Graston Technique is the GOLD Standard in Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization and is used by Physiotherapist, Chiropractors, Massage Therapists, and Athletic Trainers!

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K Taping Series by Ortho Canada

K-Taping Pro hosted by OrthoCanada–Feb 17th & 18th, 2018

The K-Taping Pro course covers the basic functions and effects of K-taping. Applications learned in the two-day course are for muscle, ligament, functional corrections, and fascia corrections. Lymphatic correction techniques are also introduced. Participants will receive instruction on the application of combination techniques for multiple conditions including: impingement syndrome, whiplash, low back pain, finger contusion, wrist stabilization, Iliotibial Band Syndrome, Patello-Femoral Syndrome, knee arthritis, Achilles tendonitis, ankle weakness, plantar fasciitis, scar tape application, lymphatic dysfunction, as well as the indications and usage of Cross Taping.

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K-Taping for Womens Health hosted by Ortho Canada–Feb 10th & 11th 2018

Practical taping includes a demonstration and practice of each of the techniques used in the K-Taping method. Muscle techniques include ways to relax or increase stimulation of muscles. Ligament stability applications are used for joint and tendon support as well as the relief of trigger point pain. The functional correction and fascial correction techniques can be used in the treatment of Women’s Health dysfunctions such as pelvic instability. Lymphatic drainage techniques have been shown to provide relief of swelling during pregnancy, post operatively and in lymphedema care.

14 PE CEC`s for CMTBC Members

Specific Taping Techniques included in this course are:

Lumbar and neck muscle relaxation
Sacral iliac joint support
Carpal tunnel symptom relief for cases caused by both mechanical problems and pregnancy.
Abdominal support techniques during pregnancy.
Postural correction application.
Treatment of edema during pregnancy, post surgical and lymphedema cases.
Tape applications for instability of the pubic symphysis.
Introduction and uses of Cross Tape.
Postnatal recovery of the uterus and abdominal pain/cramping.
Colon K-Taping to help ease constipation post surgically and with travel.
Discussion and demonstration on techniques for : breast engorgement; mastitis; scar taping techniques for post cesarean section; and other post surgery cases.
Suggestions for taping of a diastasis recti.
Transverse abdominus stimulation and core stability exercises.
Taping for relief of dysmenorrhea.
Taping to improve bladder control.
Taping to assist patients with pelvic organ prolapse.
Taping for post mastectomy edema.

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