By: Theresa A. Schmidt, DPT, MS, OCS, LMT, CEAS
This intensive hands-on course introduces examination and treatment of fascial imbalances that may limit mobility and function, which influence posture and movement. Review physiology of the craniosacral and fascial systems, assessment and techniques of the 3-D transverse fascial planes, and the body’s craniosacral/fascial relationships. Demonstration and practice of craniosacral and fascial releases are presented to release abnormal tension including sacral, frontal, parietal, temporal, occipital and mandibular releases. Apply compression and distraction interventions to facilitate motion of the extremities, joints, cranial base, thoracic outlet, pelvic floor and respiratory diaphragm. Assess fascial strain patterns using general and local listening and balance testing to identify and treat primary fascial tension patterns. Emphasis will be on lab practice to promote fascial mobility using direct and indirect techniques for improved mobility, balanced posture and function. Explore how to interact with the tissues to facilitate a change, rather than imposing movement upon the system. A review of current research indicates how this gentle manual therapy is used to treat abnormal tension and mobility impairments to promote functional outcomes.
Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to:
- Describe fascial anatomy and function of the fascial planes in normal and pathological conditions.
- Evaluate fascial mobility to identify fascial restrictions and assess craniosacral fascial mobility by palpating craniosacral rhythm.
- Identify indications and contraindications for myofascial release (MFR) and craniosacral therapy (CST).
- Interact with the fascial structures to assess and treat motion restrictions using MFR and CST techniques to improve functional mobility.
- Perform craniosacral therapy releases for the frontal, parietal, temporal, occipital, sacrum, and mandibular regions using compression, distraction, and transverse plane release to the spine and extremities.
- Discuss current evidence-based literature regarding the efficacy of MFR and CST.
Contact hours: Home study: 4, Live: 7
Course type: Home study or Live
Audience: health professionals
Level: Beginner, intermediate
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