This relevant course provides participants with concrete knowledge of myofascial release to be used before facilitation of movement in order to treat adults and children with central nervous system dysfunctions. Participants will learn helpful techniques to improve functional outcomes, increase mobility, and enhance stability from facilitations.
Myofascial Release and Its Application to Neuro-Developmental TreatmentGail Ritchie
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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.
Gail Ritchie, OTR/L is an independent, pediatric therapy provider and Occupational Therapist offering a range of therapies based on the culmination of skills and expertise attained over the last 30 years. Therapies include a variety of techniques and strategies specific to the individual needs of the child and family.
A nationally and internationally renowned clinical educator and a certified NDTA instructor since 1996, Gail participated in the development of the book entitled Neuro-Development Approach: Theoretical Foundations and Principles of Clinical Practice and the study guide for Neuro-Developmental Treatment Approach: Theoretical Foundations and Principles of Clinical Practice. She is currently on the Theory and Curriculum Committees for the NDTA.
"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
Shriners Hospital for Children - Chicago
2211 North Oak Park Avenue
Chicago, IL 60707
Carleton Oak Park Hotel and Inn
1110 Pleasant Street
Oak Park, IL 60302
This course meets the criteria for 13.5contact hours (1.35 CEUs).
Approved sponsor by the State of IL Department of Financial and Professional Regulation for Physical Therapy.
TX Physical Therapy Association accredited provider.
This course meets the approval for type 2 CEUs by the TX Board of OT Examiners.
Approved provider of continuing education by the American Occupational
Therapy Association #3043 for 13.5 contact hours (1.35 CEUs) - Intermediate level.
Occupational Therapy Process: Assessment, Intervention.
The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products or clinical
procedures by AOTA.
Participants need to wear comfortable clothing that will allow MFR techniques to be practiced on the skin and for analyzing structural alignment. Suggested under clothing: sports bra, bathing suit, and shorts.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS NBCOT professional development provider 13.5 PDUs
This course applies toward NDTA re-certification