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The Blue Heron Academy offers many educational products such as training manuals and clinical forms.  These products have been developed by Dr. Gregory T. Lawton, founder of the Blue Heron Academy.  New students and seasoned therapists will benefit from the insights of Dr. Lawton's 30+ years of experience in performing and teaching Manual Medicine.

NOTE:  Unless indicated otherwise, all products will be emailed to the purchaser in digital format. Manuals, booklets and text files will be sent as an Adobe PDF. Large DVD and CD files will be mailed to you via standard postal mail.


An Outline of the Central Concepts of Homeosomatic Holistic Healthcare    $25

This booklet briefly outlines the philosophy of holistic health care, as well as, the dynamic biological and physiological theories and discoveries of clinical holistic health care. This booklet outlines clinical concepts that will assist the practitioner of homeosomatic holistic health care in the theoretical understanding and the clinical application of herbal medicine, clinical nutrition, holistic counseling, and therapeutic exercise approaches to health care for the purpose of the prevention of disease and the remedial treatment of disease.

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Herbal Formulas from the Blue Heron Academy - A Student's Handout    $5.95

The herbal formulas listed in this 10 page booklet have been developed and used at the Blue Heron Academy. These formulas have been taught to students in the herbal medicine, holistic health, and naturopathy training programs at the Academy, as well as, in the medical manual therapy training program. The Academy approaches herbal medicine from both an empirical and evidence based perspective and herbs are utilized based upon their historic use, scientific research, as well as, their chemical constituents, composition, properties, and characteristics.

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Traveling at the Speed of Lightness    $20

This material, and the story within it, was written for personal trainers, martial artists, holistic health practitioners, and anyone interested in the union of training body, mind, and spirit through adventure fitness and cross training. The material in this booklet is categorized into two parts; part one investigates the philosophical and spiritual dimensions of a holistic approach to the art and science of adventure fitness and cross training in the natural environment and part two discusses the practical aspects, needs, and preparations for entering the natural environment for the purpose of training the body, mind and spirit.

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An Outline of the Central Concepts of Orthopedic Therapeutic Needling   $25

An Outline of the Central Concepts of Orthopedic Therapeutic Needling has been prepared for students of Orthopedic Therapeutic Needling also called 'Dry Needling', which may include manual therapists, physical therapists, nurses, and physicians. This manual has been prepared as a brief introduction to the central concepts, theories, and protocols of orthopedic therapeutic needling. The material in this book is organized into two parts. Part one defines "What is Orthopedic Therapeutic Needling" and part two explains the practice of Orthopedic Therapeutic Needling. This material is frequently used in American Manual Medicine Association hands on seminars in Orthopedic Therapeutic Needling for the treatment musculo-skeletal disorders.

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National Board Certification Agency (NBCA) Certification and Diplomate Exam Study Guides

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The following seven NBCA Exam Study Guides have been developed by the NBCA to aid your preparation for the NBCA National Board Certification and Diplomate exams.

All of the NBCA Exam Study Guides contain this information:

  1. The NBCA Code of Professional Ethics
  2. A description, outline, and list of the exam topics and content
  3. Exam keywords for study and definition
  4. NBCA sample exam questions and an answer key
  5. An explanation of the NBCA certification and diplomate exam process
  6. Information on continuing education
  7. Study references for your preparation for the exam
  8. Contact information for the NBCA exam administration office

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NBCA Exam Study Guide for Practical and Medical Acupuncture Certification and Diplomate Exam

PDF Digital Copy sent to your email address - $40

NBCA Exam Study Guide for Holistic Health Practitioner Certification Exam

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NBCA Exam Study Guide for the Lymphedema Technician Certification

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NBCA Exam Study Guide for Medical Massage Therapy Certification Exam

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NBCA Exam Study Guide for the Diplomate Exam of the National Board of Examiners for Naturopathic Quality Assurance

PDF Digital Copy sent to your email address - $40

NBCA Exam Study Guide for the Personal Trainer, Fitness Consultant, Exercise Specialist Certification Exam

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NBCA Exam Study Guide for the Scandinavian Mobilization Therapy and Manual Medicine National Board Diplomate Exam

PDF Digital Copy sent to your email address - $40

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An Outline of the Central Concepts of Orthopedic Therapeutic Needling   $25

An Outline of the Central Concepts of Orthopedic Therapeutic Needling has been prepared for students of Orthopedic Therapeutic Needling also called 'Dry Needling', which may include manual therapists, physical therapists, nurses, and physicians. This manual has been prepared as a brief introduction to the central concepts, theories, and protocols of orthopedic therapeutic needling. The material in this book is organized into two parts. Part one defines "What is Orthopedic Therapeutic Needling" and part two explains the practice of Orthopedic Therapeutic Needling. This material is frequently used in American Manual Medicine Association hands on seminars in Orthopedic Therapeutic Needling for the treatment musculo-skeletal disorders.

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Medical Manual Therapy:  Theories, Concepts, and Protocols   $45

Volume One:  Introduction to basic medical massage therapy techniques.  This manual contains 22 photographs of the medical massage treatment protocol.

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Volume One:  Introduction to Basic Medical Massage Therapy Techniques.  This dvd covers the following information in the "Theories Concepts and Protocols" manual:    $25

  • The Statement of Professional Unity
  • General information and history regarding the Medical Massage Therapy Protocols
  • First and second layer massage
  • Deep Pocket Acupressure with Postural Folding
  • Periosteal Massage
  • Bony Lever Technique
  • Laminar Groove Technique
  • Joint Physics - Traction and Shaking
  • Joint physics - Torque
  • Joint Physics - Ringing
  • Joint Physics - Range of Motion with Joint Physics

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Medical Manual Therapy:  General Rehabilitation Protocols   $45

Volume Two:  A detailed review of medical manual therapy treatment techniques and patient case management programs that is organized joint by joint, body part by body part.  This treatment review includes medical massage, manual therapy, acupuncture, therapeutic exercise, therapeutic modalities, clinical nutrition and herbal treatment protocols.

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General Massage Protocol DVD   $25

The General Massage Protocol DVD provides a visual demonstration with verbal explanation of a massage application sequence focused on affecting the entire body.  Instruction is provided on a comprehensive, full body massage routine that is perfect for those clients seeking a longer therapy appointment that is geared to affect the entire body; not just a specific area of chief concern.  The General Massage Protocol DVD is also a helpful marketing and practice building tool that therapists can demonstrate at various health expos, charitable race events and the like.

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Medical Manual Therapy:  Therapeutic Modalities   $40

Volume Three:  Reviews the use of adjunctive therapeutic modalities such as heat, cold, soft tissue laser, electro therapies, and herbal medicine for the medical massage and manual therapist.

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Therapeutic Modalities Protocol DVD   $25

The purpose of this course in Therapeutic Modalities and Massage Therapy is to impress upon you the importance of developing a clear understanding of the use of various kinds and types of adjunctive therapy modalities including hot and cold, percussion and vibration devices, and low level laser.

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Medical Manual Therapy:  Lymphedema   $35

Volume Four:  presents the lymphedema treatment protocol of Dr. Lawton, which includes several new advances in manual and massage approaches to lymphedema technique and therapy.

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Lymphedema DVD    $25

Companion to the Lymphedema Manual (above), this DVD graphically demonstrates the central Lymphedema massage techniques taught at the Blue Heron Academy including repetitive movement technique, progressive capillary propulsion, muscular contraction and relaxation, and compressive stroking.  This DVD has been designed specifically for training purposes and easily allows the student to watch a technique being performed repetitively while practicing the technique at the same time.

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Medical Manual Therapy:  The Joint Complex   $40

Volume Five:  Presents a complete comprehensive joint evaluation program along with information regarding progressive degenerative joint disease.

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Medical Manual Therapy:  Fundamentals   $40

Volume Six:  Introductory text on medical massage and a companion manual to Volume One.  Fundamentals covers medical massage therapy from philosophy to patient treatment and to practice management.

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Medical Manual Therapy:  Articles, Studies, and Research   $35

Volume Six:  Introduces and reviews the scientific studies and research of medical massage and manual therapy.  This manual also contains a number of published articles that have introduced medical massage to the US massage community.

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AMMA NCE Study Guide   $14.95

This guide does not teach content and cannot be used as a tutorial. However, this guide will provide information and sample questions that will assist you in preparing for the AMMA National Board Exam.

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Medical Acupuncture   $45

A rational and scientific approach to acupuncture.  This manual reviews how acupuncture works, and describes the techniques and protocols of practical acupuncture.

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Navigating the Maze of Nutrition   $35

This general nutrition manual covers the basics of diet and nutrition.  It covers nutritional components and how to eat a healthy and balanced diet.

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Navigating the Maze of Nutrition

Chinese Massage and Acupressure   $45

This color photograph filled manual explains and demonstrates in pictures the techniques of Chinese massage therapy.

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Professional Health Care Practice Forms (CD)   $45

These are the patient and office forms that you need for your complementary and alternative medicine professional health care practice. This is a CD collection of over 50 office and patient forms that are designed for use by naturopaths, naprapaths, holistic health practitioners, herbalists, medical and practical acupuncture technicians, Scandinavian Mobilization Therapists, and personal trainers. This collection of forms includes patient intake, patient history, case note, SOAP note, patient treatment record, therapeutic modality, patient release forms, patient progress notes, patient referral slips, patient health survey, patient pain survey, symptom record, joint evaluation, pain evaluation, patient instruction sheet and many other patient care forms

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$35    Degenerative Joint Disease Series, Clinical Review
Set of Four Booklets that cover the endocrinological issues that affect muscle and joint diseases. These four booklets comprise a series that outlines degenerative joint disease and how insulin resistance, dysglycemia, clinical obesity, thyroid conditions, adrenal dysfunction, and menopause are all related to musculoskeletal disorders.

   

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$40    Degenerative Joint Disease Series, Clinical Review
Set of Four Audio CDs that complement and accompany the Four Booklets (above) for the Degenerative Joint Disease Series, Clinical Review. Each audio CD provides a detailed lecture that further explains and expands upon the information provided in the booklets. This information is vital knowledge for medical massage therapists, manual therapists, and professionals involved in treating musculoskeletal disorders with manual medicine or therapeutic exercise.

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$65    Special Pricing - Degenerative Joint Disease Booklets and Audio CDs
Get both the set of four booklets and the four accompanying audio CD lectures on degenerative joint disease for the reduced price of $65

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$20    Outline of Medical Massage Therapy

A concise outline of the theories, protocols, and concepts of medical massage therapy.

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Infection Control Recommendations for Prevention of Transmission Diseases in Home Health, Medical and Clinical Care Facilities    $20

This booklet provides recommended guidelines for managing infection control. The booklet has been written for allied health care workers including medical assistants, home health aides, nurses, and anyone that is working in a home, medical or clinical environment where proper infection controls need to be practiced in order to safeguard the patient and the health care worker.

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Toward an Understanding of Medical Massage Therapy    $25

This audio CD thoroughly reviews the theoretical principles and methods of medical massage.

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Building a Successful and Profitable Practice   $25

This audio CD thoroughly discusses how to run and operate a medical massage practice.

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Insurance Billing for the Medical Massage Therapist   $30

This CD offers information regarding general massage therapy insurance billing information and procedures, including Understanding patient Confidentiality, Medical Terminology, HIPPAA and Insurance Codes and Billing.

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An Introduction to Medical Massage Therapy   $25

This CD provides a basic introduction to the fundamentals and central concepts of medical massage therapy.

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Screening for Skin Cancer Audio CD    $25

Americans suffer some of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world. Each year Americans die from what is an almost totally preventable disease. Everyone can develop skin cancer; however, some people may be at higher risk than others, due to a range of factors.

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The Skin, Wounds and Healing Audio CD   $25

The skin is the largest organ of the human body. It is soft, to allow movement, but still tough enough to resist breaking or tearing.  It varies in texture and thickness from one part of the body to the next.  For instance, the skin on the lips and eyelids is very thin and delicate, while skin on the soles of the feet is thicker and harder. The skin is a good indicator of general health.

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Understanding Issues in Body Image Audio CD    $25

Men and women have many issues related to body image.  Concerns about weight, either being too fat or too thin are commonplace, but body image related to the size and shape of the body only constitutes a part of the overall concerns that a person may have regarding their body and its appearance.   People invest a lot of time, effort and money in altering their physical appearance whether through weight loss or gain, exercise, cosmetics or surgery.

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Understanding Acupuncture Today Audio CD    $25

Acupuncture like many traditional health care professions, such as herbal medicine and massage therapy, is a very ancient practice.  The earliest references to mankind's health care practices have been dated back eleven thousand years.  Over the centuries ancient practices and beliefs have evolved as our scientific knowledge and our ability to investigate the "mysteries" of human physiology and pathology have increased.

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Medical Acupuncture - An Evidence Based Approach Audio CD    $25

This audio presentation on the subject of medical acupuncture has been prepared for the inquisitive students and practitioners of acupuncture who will study this marvelous healing art and science and carry it forward into the future.  The material and information provided within this presentation represents and presents the new American medical acupuncture.

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The Practice of Medical Acupuncture - Clinical Needling Procedures and Clean Needle Technique Audio CD    $25

As has already been mentioned and covered in detail in this audio series on medical acupuncture the medical acupuncturist uses a variety of anatomical and physiological point locations on the body and is not limited to the traditional acupuncture points.  The medical acupuncturist will direct his or her therapeutic attention to the area of the patient's chief complaint and at the cause of the patient's pain and/or disability.

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Hygiene, Cross Infection, and Infection Control    $25

Cross infection in the professional arena and in the office is a serious matter.  The information in this audio CD will outline how to keep you, your staff and your patients healthy with safe and effective care.

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Professional Ethics and Law for the Medical Massage Therapist    $25

This audio CD will impress upon you the importance of developing a clear understanding of the "ethics of caring" and to stimulate and provoke thought and self-exploration regarding your professional and personal ethics.

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Therapeutic Modalities for the Medical Massage Therapist    $25

In this audio CD you will learn to develop a clear understanding of the use of various kinds and types of adjunctive therapy modalities including hot and cold, percussion and vibration devices and low level laser.

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Naturopathy and the Tradition of Clinical Hydrotherapy    $25

In this audio CD you will learn to develop a clear understanding of the use of various kinds and types of adjunctive therapy modalities including hot and cold, percussion and vibration devices and low level laser.

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Diet and Weight Management: Facts About Eating Disorders and the Search for Solutions    $25

This CD program investigates the central issues and problems associated with eating disorders. Eating disorders are rampant in our society, yet few states in the nation have adequate programs or services to combat anorexia nervosa and bulimia. Only a small number of schools, colleges and communities have programs to educate our youth about the dangers of eating disorders.

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Diet and Weight Management: Looking at Obesity    $25

This audio CD program reviews and presents information related to obesity. An estimated 97 million adults in the United States are overweight or obese, a condition that substantially raises their risk of morbidity from hypertension, dyslipidemia, type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, stroke, gallbladder disease, osteoarthritis, sleep apnea and respiratory problems, and endometrial, breast, prostate, and colon cancers. Higher body weights are also associated with increases in causes of death. Obese individuals may also suffer from social stigmatization and discrimination. As the second leading cause of preventable death in the United States today, overweight and obesity pose a major public health challenge.

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Personal Training Audio CD Training Series One -
General Exercise, The Many Benefits of Physical Exercise    $25

This personal training audio CD series is a review of the central concepts related to corrective and restorative therapeutic exercise.  This is series one.  Covered in this series are the concepts of exercise as they pertain to strength training, cardio vascular conditioning, joint health and special needs populations.

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Personal Training Audio CD Training Series Two -
Growing Stronger, Strength Training for Older Adults    $25

This personal training audio CD series is a review of the central concepts related to corrective and restorative therapeutic exercise.  This is series two.  Covered in this series are the concepts of exercise as they pertain to strength training, cardio vascular conditioning, joint health and special needs populations.

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Personal Training Audio CD Training Series Three -
Personal Training, Obesity and Weight Management    $25

This personal training audio CD series is a review of the central concepts related to corrective and restorative therapeutic exercise.  This is series three.  Covered in this series are the concepts of exercise as they pertain to strength training, cardio vascular conditioning, joint health and special needs populations.

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Personal Training Audio CD Training Series Four -
Personal Training and Corrective and Restorative Therapeutic Exercises for Chronic Degenerative Joint Disease    $25

This personal training audio CD series is a review of the central concepts related to corrective and restorative therapeutic exercise.  This is series four.  Covered in this series are the concepts of exercise as they pertain to strength training, cardio vascular conditioning, joint health and special needs populations.

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Personal Training Audio CD Training Series Five -
Personal Training, Series 5-Successful Marketing in the Fitness Business    $25

This personal training audio CD series is a review of the central concepts related to corrective and restorative therapeutic exercise.  This is series four.  Covered in this series are the concepts of exercise as they pertain to strength training, cardio vascular conditioning, joint health and special needs populations.

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