Myofascial Release For The Cervical Spine

So many people present with forward head posture, neck tension and spasm, and chronic cervical pain. Considering the typical American lifestyle, it is no surprise. Learn some gentle interventions which may improve mobility, posture, and comfort for people with chronic neck tension and poor alignment. The role of fascia in producing pain and limited motion is discussed. How fascial release works is described based on current research from the Fascia Research Congress. Specific interventions are demonstrated to address areas of neck and upper extremity tension. These gentle interventions may be used immediately to manage cervical restrictions.

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Flex-ability: Muscle Energy/ PNF Stretching

With the time spent working and using technology, who has time to stretch these days? As people become less active and time marches on, the body tends to stiffen, resulting in reduced flexibility, painful movements and limited functional performance. Specialized stretching techniques make it easy to restore mobility and function using muscle energy/PNF. This program reviews how flexibility is measured, muscle reflexes, and types of muscle contractions used to trick the body into allowing greater degrees of range of motion using neuromotor reflexes. Using reciprocal inhibition, post-isometric relaxation and other reflexes can facilitate the stretching process and improve flexibility. Examples of muscle energy stretches are illustrated with guidelines for clinical use to improve range of motion.

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Positional Release: Reflex Release For Painful Trigger Points And Muscle Tension

So many people suffer with painful muscle trigger points as the result of stress, tension, and injury. In this short audio program, we discuss what trigger points are, and the neurophysiological reflexes related to trigger points and muscle tension. The use of the reflexes to relax and release abnormal muscle tension is described. Specific positions are used to reduce abnormal tension pain associated with trigger points. Research review indicates the efficacy of using gentle positioning to improve flexibility, strength, reduce pain and improve performance.

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Geriatric Massage – The Evidence Is In Your Hands

There is an increasing need for skilled hands-on care to address the challenges of our aging population. Therapeutic massage has proven to be beneficial in managing the symptoms of medical conditions associated with aging, and improving quality of life in the golden years. Therapeutic massage is an essential component of a treatment plan for seniors, with proven efficacy in the evidence-based literature for improving functional outcomes.

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Manual Therapy for Tension Headache

Tension headaches affect 45 million Americans. Typical medical approaches utilize medication without addressing one of the major underlying issues: muscle tension. In this course, we discuss alternative approaches to management of tension headache using manual therapies. Hands-on interventions include positional release, acupressure, myofascial release, craniosacral therapy and medical massage. Sample techniques are demonstrated and discussed. Research indicates these approaches contribute to improving symptoms and impacting functional outcomes for people who suffer from tension headaches.

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POST-REHAB FOR LOW BACK PAIN: Getting Back in Action After Injury

Low back pain affects about 80% of Americans in their lifetimes. Many sufferers lose time from work and leisure activities. After traditional rehabilitation, when is it appropriate to return to work? What methods are used to measure physical capacity for selected tasks on the job? This course describes the typical lumbar rehab diagnoses, discussion of orthopedic and other special tests used for back pain, and provides a basic anatomy review. Physical capacity testing measures, performance rating, and disability indices are presented, including materials handling, work positions, and movement quality assessment. The role of exercise is reviewed with sample exercises and progression. This is a great overview of performance considerations and goal setting for returning a patient to work.

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Maximize Fitness with Myofascial Release

Explore how myofascial release can contribute to functional performance by increasing flexibility, reducing pain, and improving quality of life in this brief introduction. Fascia is a network of connective tissue surrounding all structures in the body. Abnormal tension in the fascia from stress, injury or disease contributes to a multitude of pain problems, including fibromyalgia and myofascial pain syndrome. Its role in mobility, biomechanics and human performance is being recognized by researchers around the world. The latest evidence will be discussed to confirm the benefits of myofascial work. This course includes photos of a variety of myofascial techniques to illustrate how this gentle stretching technology can transform mobility.

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Get a Grip on Chronic Pain: Myofascial Pain and Fibromyalgia

Are you comfortable treating patients with chronic pain? They present considerable challenges in examination and in selection of effective therapeutic interventions. Many have been to numerous practitioners seeking results unsuccessfully. This course describes the differential diagnosis of fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) & myofascial pain syndrome (MPS). Participants will recognize these syndromes and the conditions commonly associated with them. Research evidence will describe the clinical tests contributing to appropriate diagnosis of FMS or MPS. Effective evidence-based interventions to reduce the symptoms of FMS and MPS will be discussed. This information is a must for practitioners treating patients suffering with chronic pain.

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