RELAXING MASSAGE SEMINAR

Speech therapists have long used massage as one of a number of techniques in a program of treatment for patients with a variety of speech pathologies. Massage of the lips and tongue alone can provide some benefit to the patient, but Therapeutic Speech Massage (TSM) expands on these traditional methodologies. The foundations of TSM depend upon a thorough understanding of the interactions and relationships between the muscles of the peripheral speech apparatus, that is, all of the muscles of the face, head, neck and shoulders.

Physical therapists who work with the larger muscles of the body, very seldom work with only the specific muscles which have been somehow traumatized. They usually begin their treatment somewhere else and slowly work through a series of connected muscles, thus preparing the traumatized tissue to be more receptive to direct massage. This step by step approach is the defining characteristic of TSM.

After gaining an understanding of the anatomy of the peripheral speech apparatus and a knowledge of specific massage movements and techniques, the practitioner will be able to design a program of massage for their patients and their specific problems. The focus of the treatment is to allow the patient to gain control of the primary speech muscles in order to facilitate the utterance of normal speech sounds. Although TSM has been extremely successful with a wide variety of speech pathologies, it is not a “silver bullet”. It is important to recognize that TSM must be used in conjunction with the whole range of standard treatments used by all speech therapists.

In this workshop, the participants will review anatomy and physiology of the muscles of the peripheral speech apparatus. Participants will observe and then practice specific techniques appropriate for patients with hypertonic muscular pathologies, including but not limited to dysarthria, dysphonia, stuttering.

SEMINAR PROGRAM

NOTES: (L) indicates the session is presented largely in lecture form.
(H) indicates the session is largely hands on in nature.

DAY ONE

8:00

Session 1

1. Recommendations for use of TSM in
clinical applications. (L)
2. Integration of TSM with other techniques
of speech therapy (L)

10:00

Coffee Break

Coffee, tea, soft drinks, pastries

10:15

Session 2

1. Physiological mechanisms related to TSM.
(L)
2. The goals of TSM in speech therapy. (L)

12:15

Lunch

1:00

Session 3

1. Hypotonic TSM and its use in speech
therapy. (L)
2. Hypertonic TSM and its use in speech
therapy. (L)
3. Counter-indications for the use of TSM
(L)
4. Physical and environmental factors. (L)
5. Guidelines for the duration of TSM
sessions. (L)

3:00

Coffee Break

3:15

Session 4

1. Different positions and postures for the
patient during treatment. (H)
2. The different movements and hand
positions used in hypertonic massage. (H)

4:30

Close

DAY TWO

8:00

Session 1

1. Preliminary diagnostic methods for using
relaxation TSM. (L / H)
2. Recommendations for the use of
relaxation TSM. (L / H)

10:00

Coffee

10:15

Session 2

1. Massage of the shoulders and neck. (H)
2. Massage of the forehead. (H)
3. Massage of the occipital region. (H)

12:00

Lunch

12:45

Session 3

1. Massage of the facial muscles. (H)
2. Massage of the muscles of the lips. (H)
3. Massage of the muscles of the tongue. (H)

3:00

Coffee

3:15

Session 3

1. The use of instruments/tools in hypertonic
TSM. (H)
2. The combination of active and passive
gymnastics (manipulations) with
hypertonic TSM. (H)

4:30

Close

This seminar is approved by ASHA for 1.5 CEU's.