An Orthopedic Approach to Myofascial Release

Course Description

In school, we learn a lot about joint mechanics, but we don’t learn much about all the soft tissues that make those joints move. And we certainly aren’t exposed to how the soft tissue works together to enable our function.

This 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, increasing stress and causing symptoms that become common diagnoses 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 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

  • Fascia connects muscles into functional units.
  • Just because a patient is having pain and breakdown in one area, the cause of that problem might be somewhere else.
  • Improve how the fascia moves the circulatory, neurological, and lymphatic systems.
  • MFR is a great tool, but you still need to know what to do with all the joints.

What makes this course great?

Registrants will master how to do MFR quickly, then learn how to think like a master clinician to treat dysfunction.

 

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 Instructors

Martin Sytsema

PT, MSPT, OMPT, FAAOMPT, CIMT


Martin completed his Masters in PT from Central Michigan University. Immediately following, he completed a two year residency in orthopedic manual therapy and was awarded a fellowship in the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists in 2001. He emphasizes treatment of the whole person, looking at a variety of structures and systems that may contribute to the patient’s complaints and the abnormal biomechanics that are seen. Treatments include muscle energy, myofascial release, and a variety of other manual therapy techniques and exercises based on Applied Functional Science. Marty was named 2012 Outstanding Alumni for the Central Michigan University PT program, and he was elected by his state peers to be the chairperson of the MPTA Reimbursement and Professional Standards committees starting in 2013. Martin is an owner of i'move which has multiple clinics in West Michigan.

Martin Sytsema
Scott Braje

Scott Braje

PT, MPT, CIMT, CIDN


Scott graduated from Colorado State University in 1997 with a B.S. in Exercise and Sport Science, a Minor in Anatomy and Neurobiology, a concentration in Wellness Program Management, and an emphasis in Cardiac Rehabilitation. He then moved out to San Francisco and obtained his CSCS while interning under the (former) president of the National Strength and Conditioning Association while engaging in high level athletic performance training. He obtained his Masters in Physical Therapy from Andrews University in Dayton, OH in 2000 and has worked in outpatient orthopedic physical therapy clinics ever since. He began working with Great Lakes in 2004, and, as consistent with Great Lakes philosophy, he uses a “test, treat, re-test” focus on each treatment to determine the proper course of action in achieving maximal results with each patient. Scott is presently the Clinic Director of the Physical Therapy Department at a multi-disciplinary Pain and Wellness Center in the North Shore of Boston.

Course Outline

Saturday


7:30am

Breakfast

8:00am

Introduction to Myofascial Release

9:00am

Lecture: Overview of anatomy of the fascial system and its purpose

10:15am

Lecture: Introduction and review of specific release techniques

11:30am

Lab: Temporomandibular and neck

12:00pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:00pm

Lab: Shoulder

5:00pm

Lab: Review of evidence-based literature

5:30pm

Adjourn

Sunday


7:30am

Breakfast

8:00am

Lab: Lumbopelvic

10:15am

Lab: Knee, ankle and foot

12:00pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:00pm

Lab: Elbow, wrist and scars

3:45pm

Lab: Review

4:00pm

Lab: Application to specific clinical situations

4:30pm

Lab: Review of evidence-based literature

5:00pm

Adjourn

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