Treating pediatric patients can be tricky. Acute health challenges can easily turn into chronic health issues, the most challenging and the most expensive problem we therapists face. Most manual treatment approaches are limited, focusing on the musculoskeletal aspect while ignoring both the myofascial component relating to the nervous system and our mindfulness skill levels. Such a one-sided approach runs the risk of providing only temporary relief, and as a result, patients cycle through our clinics, frustrating both themselves and the therapist. We can do better!
Successful treatment has many facets, requiring a multidimensional approach. We must understand: 1) how every structure in the body is connected to the whole via the fascial system, and how the health of one body region will affect another region 2) how manual therapy addresses the myofascial restrictions 3) how our touch directly influences our patient's nervous system 4) how perception of touch influences the treatment process. 5) how to facilitate movement in order to re-educate the body into pain-free movement.
This class is designed for therapists who are new to Myofascial Release (MFR) and mindfulness or who want to deepen their manual therapy skills. We will be learning a multidimensional treatment approach combining specific soft-tissue mobilization and deep-tissue release techniques while expanding our repertoire of perception and palpation skills to recognize the hidden complexities of myofascial strain patterns. We will then use therapeutic exercises to integrate restored mobility.
Through hands-on lab sessions you will learn 1) MFR techniques, 2) centering and grounding skills, 3) expanding awareness and palpation skills, 4) recognizing myofascial strain patterns unique to each patient , 5) designing home programs unique to the individual patient.