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Functional Anatomy

for Bodywork, Movement & Yoga (Ecourse)


The Essential Knowledge for Treating Pain!

Many therapists forget much of the anatomy they learned in school because they don't use it.  CTB therapists use anatomy and trigger point knowledge every day to understand and treat the sources of pain and movement dysfunction.  It is a living knowledge.  

If we understand the true action and function of each muscle in the body, we understand what activities would be limited by that muscle (daily activities, yoga postures, etc.), how it might be likely to get into trouble, and how to contract and stretch it.

One must become fluent with how to find, palpate, lengthen and shorten muscles, the problems they cause, pain referral and their relationships with other muscles.

Our Functional Anatomy course was developed to provide the essential muscle knowledge that is the foundation of the CTB treatment approach.

Hi - I'm Chuck Duff, Founder of Coaching The Body Institute.

Oddly enough, pain is a mystery to the medical profession. Our medical system is still in the middle ages in terms of understanding pain, which is why we have over 65,000 people a year dying of opiate overdose in the US.

Sadly, a high percentage of addicts begin with a prescribed opiate, and much of it is unnecessary. Pain is assumed by the medical establishment to always be a product of injury or disease, but this is just plain wrong.

I’m a trigger point therapist, and it has been demonstrated in repeated studies as well as my own 15 years of clinical experience that the vast majority of pain is from muscles that have developed trigger points.

I have great success in my work, and the foundation of that success is the understanding of how muscles function and how they become dysfunctional and refer pain.

This Functional Anatomy course provides the essential knowledge that informs the CTB treatment approach.

Trigger Points: Extremely Common and Easily Addressed

Trigger points, which are actually responsible for most pain, are small areas of stagnation in muscle tissue that develop in response to chronic or acute stresses on muscles.

They aren’t injuries, but they commonly send pain to other areas (pain referral) in a way that can feel very much like an injury. This fools everyone – doctors, PTs, most practitioners.

While the pain can be severe and limit movement, trigger points are fairly easy to correct. The techniques aren't difficult – what's important is knowing what muscles are referring pain, how to locate the trigger points, and how to shorten and lengthen the muscles to change the experience of pain and increase range of motion.  This can be accomplished in manual therapy or movement therapy settings.

Functional Anatomy: Five Essential Areas of Muscle Knowledge

In order to address trigger point behavior and resolve pain, there are some key areas of muscle knowledge that any therapist must know.

These areas are covered in-depth in this course in over 10 hours of lecture and demonstration video.

1 - Pain Referral, Symptoms & False Diagnoses

Pain referral from trigger points confuses medical people because the pain is sent to a different area than the muscle.

Example: because the TFL throws pain over the greater trochanter, its symptoms are generally misdiagnosed: trochanteric bursitis, IT band syndrome, lumbar disc compression. Result: inappropriate treatments, surgeries, long-standing “intractable” pain. 

Satellite referral: muscles can indirectly cause issues in other muscles that lay under their referral zone.

2 - Location, Palpation, Fiber Direction

Trigger point therapy requires knowing you are in the right place on the right muscle. We use tricks such as isolated contraction to distinguish the muscle from its neighbors.

Fiber direction is critically important, eg. the distal head of vastus medialis has oblique fibers. Must palpate taut fibers at right angles to fiber direction.

Trigger points occur in the motor endplate zone, roughly the center of each fiber bundle, exclusive of connective tissue.

3 - Innervations & Entrapments

Some muscles might entrap nerves that proceed to other muscles. Nerves when compressed cause downstream problems and can support the development of muscle dysfunction and trigger points. 

It’s important to know which nerve supplies a muscle and if any entrapments are likely along its path into the muscle. 

4 - Actions, Relationships, Contract/Relax

Actions are determined by attachments and fiber direction.

A muscle’s actions tell us how to shorten and lengthen it, as well as its agonist/antagonist relationships. 

Actions are raw capabilities but don’t tell us how a muscle contributes during daily life. 

5 - Function & Perpetuation

Actions are determined by attachments and fiber direction.

A muscle’s actions tell us how to shorten and lengthen it, as well as its agonist/antagonist relationships. 

Actions are raw capabilities but don’t tell us how a muscle contributes during daily life. 

Neuroscience & Trigger Point 2.0

Our system combines the insights of modern neuroscience with a new take on trigger point therapy, producing a cutting edge understanding of pain and treatment. 

We understand and work with the protective role of the CNS in recruiting trigger points to stabilize areas of perceived injury.

We understand origination patterns and treat pain and perpetuating factors at the source based on a deep understanding of functional anatomy, so dysfunction resolves quickly and doesn't return.

Uniquely Useful Knowledge

This online course incorporates our decades of clinical experience in understanding and treating pain and movement dysfunction. It includes detailed video presentations and demonstrations for 60 foundational muscles.  For each muscle we show:

  • Muscle location and extent in actual treatment positions, so they are memorable.
  • Muscle function, actions and prominent antagonists.
  • How to palpate the muscle clearly across fiber direction.
  • Techniques such as isolated contraction that can be used to distinguish the muscle from its neighbors.
  • Common diagnoses and referred pain caused by the muscle.
  • How to passively shorten, actively contract and stretch the muscle.

Bonus: Core Muscle Manual!

Who Is This Course For?

Anyone that works with pain and movement will find the unique and in-depth information in this course invaluable!

Meet Your Instructors

Your self care program has been designed by two respected teachers with many years of clinical experience helping clients with pain. They offer these same techniques to their clients – and now you can benefit from their success.

Chuck Duff

Chuck left a lucrative (but soul-sucking) career in software development to pursue training in traditional Thai massage. He opened his first clinic, Thai Bodywork, in 2001, and quickly became frustrated with the lack of understanding in traditional methods for deep, long-term pain relief.

During his decades-long quest to understand the true nature of pain, he rediscovered the forgotten nuances of trigger point therapy, and realized he could integrate it with his training in Thai techniques. He developed Coaching The Body™ through years of research and clinical study, and has been teaching it since 2005.

Chuck's in-person and online teaching has now achieved international recognition as one of the most sophisticated and successful approaches in the world for treatment of pain and dysfunction.

Doug Ringwald

Doug was a yoga instructor (and a musician, and a graphic designer, and a soccer player) with chronic back pain. As long as he was practicing yoga, he wasn’t in pain.

But he found himself unable to help his students with their chronic and severe pain. He felt frustrated by his lack of knowledge in functional anatomy and kinesiology.

Doug explored a myriad of learning opportunities—but after a life-changing experience with Thai Bodywork, he decided to enroll in Chuck Duff’s Level I training program. And we still can’t get rid of him. 🙂

Three years later, Doug quit his job in digital publishing to become a full-time therapist and teacher. He’s been teaching alongside Chuck since 2014, and he sees clients at his Aurora, Colorado clinic in addition to his training and curriculum development at CTBI.

Discounted Offer - Good For The Next 3 Days!

Regular price for Functional Anatomy for Bodywork, Movement & Yoga:  $499.

Normally only available to our certification students.

We're making it available for the next 3 days at $100 discount plus FREE CTB Core Muscle Manual.


Functional Anatomy: The Essential Knowledge

Not just another anatomy course - a unique resource that collects the essential trigger point knowledge for each muscle, to empower in your massage, movement and yoga practice.

Explains typical false diagnoses that you will see over and over in your practice - shows you the muscles responsible, the other muscles and perpetuating factors that get them into trouble, pain patterns, fiber direction, trigger point locations, how to do contract/relax. No more being intimidated by scary-sounding diagnoses.

Video Presentations and Lectures

Unique and detailed lectures on the true origins of pain, trigger point physiology, muscle function/dysfunction, false diagnoses and more on over 60 key muscles.

Video Demonstrations

Hands-on videos for over 60 muscles demonstrating in treatment position: identification, isolated contraction, cross fiber palpation, cues for contraction, and stretching.

Downloadable Presentations

You can download our slideshows and review offline.

CTB Core Muscle Manual

A consise, packed 34-page reference (Printable PDF), covering anatomy, treatment, actions, function, relationships, trigger point referral, other symptoms, false diagnoses.

Bonus 50% Off Registration for the In-Person Class!

  • By purchasing this online course, you will receive 50% off registration to attend the in-person course, at a future time of your choosing.
  • It is a fun and fantastic way to get feedback from students and instructors on your hands-on skills; identifying, palpating, shortening & lengthening muscles.
  • We typically schedule the in-person course over 3 consecutive days.
  • In-person course is usually held 3x/year.
  • $345 savings!  In-person course is normally $690.

Functional Anatomy for Bodywork, Movement & Yoga

Our flagship course - covering all essential functional anatomy and trigger point knowledge for the 28 core muscles plus over 30 more.

This is the anatomy and trigger point knowledge that is essential for treating muscles using the CTB approach.

Updated with our latest Trigger Point 2.0 research - only available from CTBI.

Functional Anatomy

for Bodywork, Movement and Yoga (Ecourse)
$ 399
  • Full Coverage for 60+ key muscles
  • 10 Hourse CE - quizzes and certificates
  • TrP physiology, referral, diagnoses
  • Perpetuating Factors
  • CTB Core Muscle Manual ($247 value)
  • Video lectures, palpation, contract/relax
  • Functional & satellite relationships
  • 50% Off Registration of In-Person Course
  • 30 Day Money Back Guarantee
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