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Full Body Seminar

with Diane Jacobs, PT

July 20, 6-9 pm
July 21-24, 9 am to 6 pm

Eagan, MN - Hilton Garden Inn

35 CE hours for $695

Installment payment option available


Full Body Seminar


This hands on seminar discusses the nervous system, current and emerging research, client education, and treatment concepts and applications. Participants learn how to help reduce pain, improve motor function, and contribute to better pain management. Novel approaches to understanding pain and dysfunction based on current best evidence lead to powerful assessment and treatment approaches for cutaneous and motor nerves throughout the body.


  • July 20: 6 - 9 pm, Lecture, Check in at 5:30 pm
  • July 21-24: 9 am - 6 pm, Lecture and Hands on, Check in at 8:30 am
  • On July 21-24, there will be a 60 minute lunch break each day.
  • 35 CE hours


Hilton Garden Inn
1975 Rahncliff Court
Eagan, MN 55122
Details below

Instructor Diane Jacobs, PT

Diane Jacobs has been a physiotherapist since 1971. She has focused on manual therapies since the 1980s, and has been actively engaged in learning about and teaching pain science and treatment of peripheral and cutaneous nerves and nerve trunks since the 1990s. In 2005, she coined the term "dermoneuromodulation" and cofounded the Pain Science Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. In 2007, Diane conducted a groundbreaking dissection study to reveal how cutaneous nerves disseminate into the skin. Since then, she has written extensively about pain science and treatment methods, and she is a popular instructor throughout North America, Europe, and Brazil. Diane has presented at the San Diego Pain Summit and other pain conferences. Her practice, Sensible Solutions Physiotherapy, is located in Weyburn, Saskatchewan. She can be found on Facebook, where she manages the Dermoneuromodulating page, via Dermoneuromodulation.com, and her blog HumanAntigravitySuit.blogspot.com.

Teaching Team

Diane's teaching assistants include some leading DNM instructors, including Jason Erickson, Julie Porter, Jeff Rockwell, and Rey Allen. They come from diverse backgrounds but have found pain science and its applications invaluable in their practices. Including Diane, the team has well over 100 years of combined experience in physical therapy, chiropractic, osteopathy, nursing, Rolfing, massage therapy, personal training, stretching methods, and corrective exercise. This class will have a teacher:student ratio of 1:6 or better.

Tuition and Registration

$695 for 35 CE hours

Installment payment option available.

Course Description

Dermo -> skin

Neuro -> nervous system

Modulation -> change

Dermoneuromodulation (DNM) is a method for handling the human body and, most of all, its nervous system, in order to facilitate change, particularly in terms of its pain and motor outputs. DNM will not replace everything therapists have already learned, but it may provide a new conceptual container for it.  At the very least it provides the participant with a novel approach to handling that is patient- and nervous system-friendly.

Light and interactive, DNM ignores musculoskeletal structure and instead targets pain directly, by focusing on the nervous system, continuous from skin cell to sense of self, directly. The only “structures” considered in any depth will be skin and the cutaneous nerve, long ignored in manual therapy - participants will be exposed, perhaps for the first time , to the extensive branched system that innervates skin.

DNM will provide participants with an expanded frame through which they can set up the all important treatment relationship, assess patients and their pain problems from the brain’s perspective, teach the patient about pain production without faulting them, recruit their cooperation for manual handling, and put them in charge of their own recovery.

DNM is based on Melzack’s Neuromatrix model of pain, the most clinically useful pain model in existence from an interactive manual therapy standpoint. Persisting pain is the reason most patients come to see a manual therapist.

DNM is a fully interactive treatment model: unlike a strictly operative model, in which, for example, biomechanical “faults” must be found, then “corrected”, DNM considers biomechanical expression as defense, not defect.  By putting “pain” first; i.e., we put the nervous system of the patient (not their anatomy) front and center in the treatment encounter; we add a bit of strategic novel stimuli, then we wait a few minutes, and allow the nervous system to self-regulate.  Subsequent improvement in motor output is assessed and regarded as a sign that the nervous system now works with less intrinsic stress.


      Introduction to the Neuromatrix model of pain, pain as biopsychosocial phenomenon

      Overview of CNS and PNS processing (relevant to any kind of manual therapy)

      Neuroanatomy and neurophysiology of the peripheral nerve

      Overview of the cutaneous system

      Examination of “tunnel syndrome”

      Lab: strategic positions of comfort and skin stretch that have clinically been found to  help a prepared nervous system to reduce pain output



Participants will come away with:

      Increased awareness of the role the nervous system plays in pain production, and in response to manual therapy

      Better ways of accessing and communicating with the nervous system on every level

      Appreciation for the cutaneous nervous system

      A science-based method of manual therapy handling that takes into account what has been learned in neuroscience and pain science over the last couple decades

      Better palpation skill, and motivation to have manual therapy hands that are warm, slow, light, kind, effective, responsive and intelligent.

Venue Details

Hilton Garden Inn - Eagan, MN

Featuring newly renovated guestrooms with brand new king and queen beds. Each room is equipped with a mini refrigerator, Keurig coffee maker and microwave. The Garden Grille & Bar restaurant on-site offers a wonderful hot breakfast buffet with made-to-order options including omelets, pancakes and French toast. Breakfast is $11.95 per person ($6.95 for children 12 and under). On-site lounge serving cocktails and beverages is a great place to socialize.

A block of rooms (Single King or Double Queen) has been set aside at reduced rates of $149 for the nights of July 20, 21, 22, and 23.  Call 651-686-4605 and request the "DNM seminar" room rate.



·         Complimentary 24 hour Airport Shuttle

·         Complimentary shuttle to/from Mall of America, Twin Cities Premium Outlets

·         Complimentary 24 hour Business Centers

·         Complimentary internet access in each guestroom

·         Fitness Center on-site

·         Indoor Pool and Whirlpool

·         Meeting Space for up to 80 people at the Hilton Garden Inn with on-site catering options



This hotel is located just 8 minutes from the Mall of America, 15 minutes from the MSP Airport, 7 minutes from the new Twin Cities Premium Outlets and 10 minutes from the Minnesota Zoo/IMAX Theatre.  Within walking distance to several area restaurants, Target, Walgreens, Starbucks Coffee, Which Wich, Noodles & Company, Yogurt Lab, Dairy Queen, a 16-screen movie theater complex, Cub Foods, and much more!


 Nearby restaurant options:

·         Green Mill: www.greenmill.com

·         Ansari’s Mediterranean Grill & Lounge : http://ansarisgrill.com

·         Doolittle’s Woodfire Grill: www.doolittlesrestaurants.com

·         Casper’s Cherokee Sirloin room: www.cherokeesirloinroom.com

·         Jensen’s Supper Club: www.jensenssupperclub.com

Other nearby food options include DQ, Yogurt Lab, Burger King, Which Wich, Umbria Pizza, etc.