The Combined Approach: The Myofascial Spine
Understanding and integrating myofascial spinal treatment. Focussing on altered muscle states, this course will cover the clinical relevance, assessment and treatment of myofascial restrictions to segmental movement of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spines and ribs
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About the course
The myofascial system envelopes the spine and the body and disruptions to normal muscle tone and myofascial compliance can disrupt movement and control. What's the first thing that happens when you have pain? Muscles go into spasm. As well as mobilising and manipulating articular joint restrictions, specifically correcting spinal segmental joint restrictions of myofascial origin allows for a more complete restoration of spinal movement and improved segmental loading.
This course provides a clinical toolbox of myofascial release approaches to assess and treat these restrictions to segmental movement and altered contractural states and sensitivity. An important part of this assessment is to differentiate between articular and myofascial restrictions to movement so as to better tailor treatment to the presenting dysfunction. Working area by area through the spine we will look at manual assessment of movement to make this articular/myofascial distinction, and then cover the application of a range of myofascial models of intervention and technique such as;
- Positional release technique
- Muscle energy technique
- Trigger-point release
- Respiratory release and
- Visceral release
This course was written in 2014 for the 2015 Physiofirst conference Soft Tissue: The Hard Truths.
|09:00||An introduction to the principles and treatment of trigger points and a rationale for interpreting and assessing myofascial disorders|
Practical: Thoracic Spine and Ribs
Practical: Cervical Spine
Practical: Lumbopelvic region