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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.

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An Outline of the Central Concepts of Homeosomatic Holistic Healthcare    $25 blue heron academy bookstore

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 blue heron academy bookstore

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 blue heron academy bookstore

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 blue heron academy bookstore

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

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 blue heron academy bookstore

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NBCA Exam Study Guide for Holistic Health Practitioner Certification Exam blue heron academy bookstore

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NBCA Exam Study Guide for the Lymphedema Technician Certification blue heron academy bookstore

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NBCA Exam Study Guide for Medical Massage Therapy Certification Exam blue heron academy bookstore

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NBCA Exam Study Guide for the Diplomate Exam of the National Board of Examiners for Naturopathic Quality Assurance blue heron academy bookstore

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NBCA Exam Study Guide for the Personal Trainer, Fitness Consultant, Exercise Specialist Certification Exam blue heron academy bookstore

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NBCA Exam Study Guide for the Scandinavian Mobilization Therapy and Manual Medicine National Board Diplomate Exam blue heron academy bookstore

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An Outline of the Central Concepts of Orthopedic Therapeutic Needling   $25 blue heron academy bookstore

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 blue heron academy bookstore

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 blue heron academy bookstore

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Medical Manual Therapy:  General Rehabilitation Protocols   $45 blue heron academy bookstore

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 blue heron academy bookstore

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 blue heron academy bookstore

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 blue heron academy bookstore

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 blue heron academy bookstore

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 blue heron academy bookstore

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 blue heron academy bookstore

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 blue heron academy bookstore

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 blue heron academy bookstore

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 blue heron academy bookstore

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 blue heron academy bookstore

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 blue heron academy bookstore

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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Chinese Massage and Acupressure   $45 blue heron academy bookstore

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

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Degenerative Joint Disease Series, Clinical Review - Set of Four Booklets - $35
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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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Outline of Medical Massage Therapy - $20 blue heron academy bookstore

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 blue heron academy bookstore

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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