Eric obtained his Bachelor of Applied Science in 2008. He has dual certification though both the IANMT (International Academy of NeuroMuscular Therapist) and the NCBTMB (National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork).
He is an Internationally Certified NeuroMuscular Therapist (CNMT) completing a program of study and successfully passing the theoretical and practical examinations in subjects fulfilling the requirements as prescribed by the NeuroMuscular Training Center for certification. This is one of the most advanced certifications among practitioners.
His studies through the International Academy of NeuroMuscular Therapies have been directly with Judith Delany, author and international instructor of NMT, utilizing the clinical applications of NeuroMuscular Therapy and Myofascial techniques of Dr. Leon Chaitow, ND, DO, the renown Osteopathic Medical Physician /Naturopathic Doctor, international lecturer, author and editor of over 70 medical text books. Incorporated into his curriculum of study, were protocols developed by Janet Travell, MD and David Simons, MD on myofascial pain and trigger point release techniques. Dr. Travell was a pioneer in the development and treatment of myofascial pain and dysfunction and was best known as President John F. Kennedy's personal White House physician.
The focus of Eric's curriculum was on advanced anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, and the function and dysfunctions of muscles, ligaments, and soft tissues. Eric was required to take intensive studies in Myology, which is the scientific study of the muscles and accessory structures (bursae and synovial sheath and surrounding nerves).
Protocols for treatment of common pain syndromes combined with thorough advanced anatomy knowledge are the basis of success for treatment with NMT. NMT utilizes standard orthopedic assessment approaches and incorporates examination of factors such as ischemia, trigger points, nerve entrapment/compression, postural imbalances, nutritional factors, as well as emotional wellbeing.
Eric is nationally certified from the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB), which is the highest attainable credential level in the profession. In order to achieve this certification you must pass a comprehensive exam focusing on general knowledge of body systems, knowledge of anatomy, physiology and kinesiology, pathology, therapeutic muscle and body assessment, therapeutic massage and bodywork application, a general knowledge of TCM and a comprehensive knowledge of professional standards, ethics, business and legal practices. You must have a minimum of 750 hours of education including aspects of TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) and have completed a minimum of 250 clinical, hands-on experience since graduation. You must pass a thorough national background check, obtain CPR certification, and adhere to all standards of practice and code of ethics including active opposition to human trafficking.
Eric is a licensed Massage Therapist in Pennsylvania and a graduate of Lansdale School of Business, National Academy of Massage Therapy Division, a 600-hour massage, and bodywork diploma program. The focus of his educational training was on medical and therapeutic muscle work. His curriculum included human anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, pathology, myology, medical indications and contraindications, and various massage modalities, such as Swedish, deep tissue, acupressure, trigger point release, sports massage, pregnancy massage, aromatherapy, ethics, health, and business management.
Eric has completed training in Photobiomodulation. He has received a certificate in Laser training from Medical Laser Systems Incorporated. He also trained with Thor Photomedicine, Ltd and obtained a certificate on the application of Low Level Laser Therapy and LED therapy, the physiological mechanisms, clinical applications, dosage, treatment techniques, safety, and contra-indications. He is currently enrolled with The Laser Training Institute for an advanced certification in the fundamentals of low-level laser therapy and phototherapy. Photobiomodulation, also called Cold Laser Therapy and Phototherapy, is a therapeutic technique using the application of low-level intensity laser light or non-laser light emitting diodes (LED's) in stimulating tissue repair, reducing pain, and Inflammation wherever the beam is applied to aid in the treatment of a patient.
Eric has continued his education completing courses in Neurological Evaluation for Therapists and Orthopedic Muscle Techniques for Cervical Pain, Stretching Modalities, and Muscle Energy Techniques (MET). He has obtained a certificate of training from the Upledger Institute International in CranioSacral Therapy 1 (cranial manipulation techniques) and Myofascial Release (a form of soft tissue therapy used to treat somatic dysfunction, resulting pain, and restriction of motion).
In 2002, Eric studied to become a Certified Emergency Medical Technician at Bucks County Public Safety Training Center and obtained his certification as an EMT. Desiring to help his patients heal and achieve a better quality of life through nutrition, Eric is planning to study to become Nutritional Therapy Practitioner this fall.