Myofascial Release and Its Application to Neuro-Developmental Treatment

Course Description:

In this symposium we will review the Fascial system as it relates to individuals with atypical posture and movement.  When atypical posture and movement alter the natural and efficient alignment of the skeleton, the fascial system adapts by contracting and bonding. The primary focus of this workshop will be on the hands on treatment, using MFR addressing the musculoskeletal system that is needed prior to facilitation of movement.  As therapists we can improve our clinical decision making skills by forming and testing hypotheses regarding critical impairments when treating individuals diagnosed with multiple system impairments such as cerebral palsy, stroke, congenital hypotonicity, and other neuromotor impairments.

Discussion on the creation and execution of therapeutic intervention and clinical decision making to assure success will be incorporated.  A combination of didactic, and laboratory learning experiences will emphasize the integration of MFR and the NDT framework as the foundation for intervention when treating either pediatric or adult individuals with central nervous system dysfunction.

This workshop focuses on the basic myofascial releases as it applies to soft tissue elongation and NDT facilitation.  This material is useful for Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapists and Assistants working with either the adult or pediatric populations.

At the end of this course participants will be able to:

  • Describe the function of the fascial system.
  • Identify critical fascial restrictions interfering with motor function related to functional outcomes.
  • Select MFR techniques for neurological impairment(s) and problem solve when to use which technique(s) and why.
  • MFR techniques to elongate muscle groups during movement.
  • Apply treatment NDT techniques and strategies to increase mobility and enhance stability via facilitation of movement.
  • Integrate handling strategies learned in lab into daily practice.

What others are saying:

"Gail has an excellent understanding of MFR. She has an ease about her way of teaching. Her NDT background really helps the therapist understand how to use this technique in practice with our patients." - C Murphy, PT

" Abundant hands-on allowing for confidence in techniques." - G Janzef, PT

 

 

 

 

Instructor(s):

Gail Ritchie

Session 1 December 8-9, 2017
Mountainside, NJ (Map)
435.00/person

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Session 2 April 13-14, 2018
Kansas City, MO (Map)
450.00/person

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Session 3 December 7-8, 2018
Cedar Knolls, NJ (Map)
450.00/person

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