Teaching Self Treatment: Empowering Your Patients to Maximize their Outcomes

Course Description

This course was designed to give the clinician the knowledge and skills needed to instruct their patients in self-joint mobilizations and self-soft tissue mobilizations (instrument and non-instrument assisted) that the patient can use at home. This will reinforce the results of your exercise and manual treatment with the patient in the clinic to improve carry-over between sessions and overall patient outcomes. This course is at least 75% hands-on lab and will give the clinician skills they can use immediately when they return to the clinic setting. This a lab-based course and students will attain a set of tools to use with confidence on Monday morning.

Self Treatment Schedule

Course Objectives

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

  • Accurately state the general concepts of myofascial release, joint mobilizations and muscle energy techniques
  • Accurately describe normal and abnormal spine joint mechanics
  • Accurately state 2 characteristics of type 1 and type 2 dysfunctions
  • Correctly demonstrate 6 self-joint mobilization techniques to the areas covered in the manual
  • Correctly demonstrate 6 self-myofascial release techniques (with and without instruments) to the areas covered in the manual  

Course Instructors

Kevin Decker

PT, DPT, CIMT


Kevin earned his bachelor’s degree in Allied Health Sciences from Grand Valley State University and went on to earn his doctorate in physical therapy from GVSU in 2014. Kevin has been working for Probility Physical Therapy since graduating treating a variety of orthopedic and neurological conditions. Kevin has also achieved his Certified Integrated Manual Therapist (CIMT) certification through Great Lakes Seminars and consistent with GLS philosophy, he uses a “test, treat, re-test” focus to determine the driver of the patient’s condition/ pathology allowing the patient to return to peak function and quality of life.

Kevin Decker

Course Outline

Saturday


7:30am

Continental Breakfast

8:00am

Introduction, pre-test

8:30am

Lecture: Overview of myofascial release, joint mobilizations, muscle energy, and taping techniques

11:00am

Lab: joint mobilizations and muscle energy techniques of cervical spine

12:00pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:00pm

Lab: joint mobilizations and muscle energy techniques of thoracic spine, ribs

3:00pm

Lab: joint mobilizations and muscle energy techniques of lumbar spine, sacrum, pelvis

5:00pm

Review of Evidence-Based Literature

5:30pm

Adjourn

Sunday


7:30am

Continental Breakfast

8:00am

Lab: joint mobilizations and muscle energy techniques of hip, knee, foot/ankle complex

10:00am

Lab: Joint mobilizations and muscle energy techniques of shoulder, elbow, wrist

12:00pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:00pm

Lab: myofascial release (with and without instruments)

4:30pm

Review of Evidence-Based Literature

5:00pm

Adjourn

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