Myofascial Release: Functional Integration

Course Description

This course will teach you how to effectively treat muscle and fascial restrictions to get ROM, pain and strength gains quicker. You'll understand the physiological basis for muscle hypertonicity and fascial restrictions by the time you leave.  

Come learn an entirely new way to look at treating the soft-tissue system of the whole body. The focus of this course is to integrate myofascial release, passive and active movement, and functional movement. You'll learn to diagnose and treat the myofascial system while incorporating the peripheral nervous system, the fascial system, and the muscular system. Each participant will walk away 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, which allows the dysfunctional motor units to normalize and immediately start to work again in functional movement patterns. 

As with all of our manual therapy courses, this course 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.

What people are saying!

Top Takeaways

  • Muscle restrictions can improve quickly when treatment is focused on the cause of dysfunction at the neuromuscular junction.
  • Muscle and fascial restrictions often occur together.
  • Fascia is a very dynamic structure and has the ability to tense and relax acutely in response to dysfunction.
  • The brain and spinal cord influence fascial restrictions and muscle hypertonicity.

What makes this course great?

The treatment approach for muscle and fascial restrictions in this course is new for most people. It's a more functional way of doing MFR because it incorporates movement. It also combines ischemic releases and traditional MFR to address the source of muscle and fascial restrictions. Patients get better faster when muscle and fascial restrictions are treated together.

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
  • Independently discuss how myofascial release can impact each of the three treated systems to produce a clinically meaningful outcome

Course Instructors

Christina Gilson

DPT, MPT, CIMT


Christina graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from the Richard Stockton College of NJ in 2000. She went on to earn her Masters of Physical Therapy degree in 2002, receiving the program’s first Award for Clinical Excellence as well as the College’s Award of Distinction. She then returned to Stockton to receive her transitional Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2009. Since graduating in 2002, Christina has practiced in a number of settings including acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, home care, and is currently practicing in outpatient orthopedics where she works full time as a Clinical Director and PT. Her clinical focus throughout her career has been orthopedics, where she is able to utilize manual therapy techniques to connect with her patients, improve functional mobility, and restore movement, allowing her patients to return to their goals, no matter how big or small. Christina began her journey with GLS as an assistant instructor in 2015 after receiving her CIMT in 2014. Christina believes that the most important aspect of physical therapy is listening to your patient both verbally and non-verbally!

Christina Gilson
Greg Kopp

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.

Course Outline

Saturday


7:30am

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

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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