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An Orthopedic Approach to Myofascial Release

(formerly A Clinical Approach to Myofascial Release)


Primary Instructor Martin J. Sytsema, PT, MSPT, OMPT, FAAOMPT, CIMT

Martin J. Sytsema, PT, MSPT, OMPT, FAAOMPT, CIMT
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Course Description

Registration ButtonThis class will help you to learn a clinically and anatomically based approach to myofascial release. We focus on how the muscle and fascia create dysfunction in the body, increase the stress on the system and cause symptoms that become common diagnoses that we treat every day. Learn to integrate this effective tool into your daily treatment and expand the options you have to treat dysfunction.

As with all of our manual therapy courses, this seminar will follow a progression of principles and reinforce them throughout the 16 hours, is at least 75% hands-on lab, and will give the clinician hands-on skills they use immediately upon their return to the clinical setting.

Course Schedule

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2015/2016 SCHEDULE


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Course Objectives

At the completion of this seminar, the participant will be able to:

  • Confidently describe and independently state the rationale for doing Myofascial Release and its specific effect
  • Correctly demonstrate proper hand technique, grading of the level of touch, and the effects of a release
  • Correctly describe the importance of fluid fascial movement in a 3 dimensional system, allowing for the physiologic system to have the ability to provide resilience to dysfunction
  • Confidently describe the different layers of fascia and know when to treat each layer
  • Confidently explain and independently state how specific myofascial restrictions in different parts of the body can create the orthopedic dysfunctions that we treat on a daily basis

Topics Covered

  • Review of pertinent anatomy
  • Introduction to the fascial system and its relationship to other systems
  • Palpation of the bony structures and muscular segments
  • Motion testing - static and dynamic
  • Treatment of the thorax
  • Treatment of the upper quadrants
  • Treatment of the lower quadrants
  • Treatment of scars
  • Integrated fascial elongation
  • Three-dimensional, functional stretching
  • Application to specific clinical situations

Course Outline

7:30am Continental Breakfast
8:00am Lecture: Introduction
9:00am Lecture: Overview of anatomy of the fascial system and its purpose
10:15am Lecture: Introduction and review of the specific release techniques
11:30am Lab: Temperomandibular and neck
12:00pm Lunch (on your own)
1:00pm Lab: Shoulder
3:45pm Lab: Shoulder, continued
5:00pm Review of Evidence-Based Literature for today’s topics
5:30pm Adjourn
7:30am Continental Breakfast
8:00am Lab: Lumbopelvic
10:15am Lab: Knee, Ankle, Foot
12:00pm Lunch (on your own)
1:00pm Lab: Elbow, wrist scar
3:45pm Lab: Review
4:00pm Lab: Application to specific clinical situations
4:30pm Review of Evidence-Based Literature for today’s topics
5:00pm Adjourn

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