The Cutaneous Nervous System: The Part We Are Missing!

Date/Time: Fri, October 2, 2020 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM


The superficial sensory system is a complex neural network that links the whole body. It allows or limits motion, it influence pain and it helps protect and support structures in the upper extremity. But among clinicians, it is poorly understood and rarely addressed. This class will demonstrate the influence that cutaneous neural system-skin (epidermis and dermis) and its underlying friend, the fascia layer, have on influencing movement and pain. We do not understand or effectively address these physiological layers as clinicians, but now we can learn how when treating at these levels and ouroutcomes will dramatically improve.


  • Learner will walk away with 3 new treatment strategies to effect changes in pain from the cutaneous nervous system

  • Learner will have a better knowledge of how the skin and sensory receptors in the skin influence movement in the UE

  • Learner will become familiar with the MDT test developed by Dr K. Kase to influence pain by manually gliding skin

  • Will start to understand that the skin, when effectively treated can improve outcomes in Hand Therapy