1628 Š Keltic Hands

Beginner / Pool Only


Sanibel, FL / Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 4:30-5:30 pm Š 1.0 credit hour

(Pool: 4:30-5:30 pm)


Faculty:  Jim Kelsey, KT, ATRIC


COURSE DESCRIPTION:  This course will help provide you with a new tool for patients with acute and chronic pain, patients with incomplete spinal cord injury, and many other applications. We will focus on improving functional mobility of the fingers, hands and upper extremity to improve independence of ADLÕs. 


Keltic Hands is a new technique. Its principle is based on Less is More. The techniques uses both Eastern and Western medical principles including acupuncture points, Tui Na massage and Shiatsu massage. We will use passive and active ROM, assistive ROM and passive assistive ROM. Each sequence is done in four sets with four reps for a count of eight. We maintain continual contact with the patient to direct the speed and resistance (and, possibly, feel the Qi moving). The motion is slow and gentle with soft vocal instruction to the patient on feedback to correct movement. Keltic Hands uses the intrinsic muscle rather than larger muscles that may cause an increase in pain and guarding of the joint or muscles. Keltic Hands can assist in decreasing spasticity and tone, increasing muscle endurance, and decreasing pain while recruiting slow and fast twitch muscle fibers.  There is also neuro-education of the nerves and muscle fibers moving along the energy pathway.



1)  Locate and stimulate acupuncture points.

2)  Experience a slow-movement, mind-focused tool for decreasing pain and changing muscle recruitment patterns.

3)  Decrease patient pain with the use of acupuncture stimulation and slow and soft movements.

4)  Elicit intrinsic movement of the deeper muscle fiber first.

5)  Experience a lighter feeling in therapeutic movement.


FACULTY: Jim Kelsey, KT, ATRIC, was a kinseiotherapist for the VA Medical Center in Boston for 30 years. His areas of experience include neurology, orthopedics, spinal cord injury, amputee specialty, substance abuse, bariatric and weight loss. He has attended nearly every ATRI Conference since 2010 and was the recipient of the ATRI Dolphin Award in 2012.