Myofascial Release: Functional Integration

Course Description

This class will give the participant an entirely new way to look at treating the soft-tissue system of the whole body. The focus is to integrate Myofascial Release, passive and active movement, and functional movement. The participant will learn to diagnose and treat the myofascial system while incorporating the peripheral nervous system, the fascial system, and the muscular system. Each participant will be able to walk away from the class with an ability to perform fascial release techniques based on Releasing with Movement.  This technique incorporates direct muscle releases while lengthening and shortening the muscle both passively and actively.  This allows the dysfunctional motor units to normalize and immediately start to work in a normal way again in functional movement patterns. 

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.

MFR Functional Integration Schedule

Course Objectives

At the completion of the course, each student will be able to:

  • state at least 3 of the underlying principles of MFR and be able to apply them to a patient in a treatment setting
  • demonstrate proper technique for hand placement and level of force for Releasing With Movement of 5 different tissues
  • demonstrate proper technique for therapist positioning and patient positioning for 5 different techniques / body parts
  • demonstrate proper technique for Releasing With Movement for 5 different techniques / body parts

 

Topics Covered

  • Anatomy Trains
  • Releases with Movement
  • Functional Stretching

Course Instructors

Heather LaHaie

PT, DPT, CIMT


Heather earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Boston University in 2009, and a Bachelor of Science in Movement Science from the University of Michigan in 2006. She also achieved her CIMT certification from Great Lakes Seminars in 2011. Heather has worked for Probility Physical Therapy since 2009, and treats patients with a variety of orthopedic conditions. Her clinical focus is to find the root of the dysfunction driving a patient’s impairments, and her treatment approach is a hybrid of manual therapy techniques to improve joint and fascial mobility and muscular function, functional exercise and patient education to improve patient function and quality of life.

Heather LaHaie

Course Outline

Saturday


7:30am

Continental Breakfast

8:00am

Lecture: New definition of fascia, anatomy of fascia, roles of fascia concept of releasing with movement

12:00pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:00pm

Lab: Releasing With Movement to the neck and upper back

3:00pm

Lab: Releasing With Movement to the arm

5:00pm

Lab: Review of Evidence-Based Literature

5:30pm

Adjourn

Sunday


7:30am

Continental Breakfast

8:00am

Lab: Releasing with movement - upper and lower quarters

12:00pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:00pm

Lab: Releasing With Movement to the hip and thigh

3:00pm

Lab: Releasing With Movement to the lower leg and foot

4:30pm

Lab: Review of Evidence-Based Literature

5:00pm

Adjourn

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