New Manual Articular Approach - Advanced Joints (MAAAJ)

Prerequisite: New Manual Articular Approach - Upper Extremity (MAUE) and New Manual Articular Approach - Lower Extremity (MALE).

New Manual Articular Approach: Advanced Joints (MAAAJ):

New Manual Articular Approach (NMAA) is a manual therapy modality that applies a comprehensive approach to the treatment of joints.

"Articular" refers to the joints of the body, which are critical points of interconnectivity between all other structures within the body. Joints receive and emit messages with other parts of the body, and are also connected to our emotions. NMAA integrates all aspects of the joint including the nerve, artery, bone, capsule, and ligaments, as well as visceral and emotional connections. NMAA delves into the joints like never before. It examines the nerves of each joint, along with the arteries, meniscus, ligaments, capsule attachments and folds. It incorporates soft tissue mobilization of the associated bones, while looking at direct and indirect relationships between the bones of the body. The relationship between the viscera and the joints is not widely understood. NMAA shows how interconnected they are and that without addressing this visceral connection many joint issues may not fully resolve. The application of the gentle NMAA techniques improves the body's ability to heal and restore itself to optimal health.

A joint is so much more complex than a place where bones come together. It is comprised of multiple components – including bone, cartilage, muscles, tendons, nerves, and fluid – that when functioning properly, allow the joint to glide smoothly and pain-free. If one component becomes problematic, the entire joint begins to compensate and not function properly. This leads to dysfunction ranging from temporary pain to longer term damage. All parts and systems within the body are interconnected – joints included – and when there is dysfunction in one place, other areas can be negatively impacted. A skilled NMAA practitioner can properly assess the interactions of the joints with the body to help restore proper function.

Course Highlights

  • This course explores a comprehensive approach to joints - determining the primary dysfunction, as well as the anatomical or physiological systems that are contributing to the dysfunction will be presented, as well as integration of these techniques into treatment sessions.


“I repeatedly injured my shoulder when training for fitness competitions. My therapist explained about a new therapy she had been studying, Manual Articular Approach, and suggested she evaluate me based on those principles. She discussed about my shoulder's connection to my organs, blood vessels, and a connective tissue called fascia, as well as the role of the bones, ligaments and muscles. After several treatments my shoulder felt so much looser; I didn't realize how restricted it had been until I felt the big difference. I am confident this new therapy is getting to the cause of my recurring shoulder injury.”

D.D., New York, NY