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

Greg Kopp

PT, MPT, OCS, CIMT


Greg graduated with his MPT from Oakland University in 1995. He has guest lectured at Oakland University on ACL/PCL surgeries and rehab, and served as a teaching assistant at Oakland for examination procedures and therapeutic exercise. Greg is currently appointed as a clinical instructor for Oakland University. His treatment approach is eclectic, utilizing Kaltenborn and Paris manual techniques, and muscle energy techniques learned at Great Lakes Seminars. He has used this approach since 1995 working in outpatient orthopedic settings with a very diverse patient population, including sports medicine. Greg’s treatment philosophy is to treat the driver of the patient’s condition/pathology, and to teach the patient to manage their own condition. He also has an extensive background in weight training and exercise.

Greg Kopp

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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