Myofascial Release: Clinical Applications - Physical Therapy / Massage /
Healthcare Training Seminar
Soft Tissue Mobilization
Clients will often present with a constellation of sometimes vague and unusual
symptoms that do not follow typical dermatomal or myotomal patterns. They report
pain, stiffness or difficulty moving, and sensations of tension in areas distant
from the apparent region of injury. Many of these clients are experiencing
myofascial pain. It does not appear on usual radiographic studies such as
x-rays, MRIs, or our standard examination routines. It is best diagnosed by the
skill of a manual therapy practitioner, using motion testing and posture
analysis. Myofascial restrictions can influence posture and movement patterns.
It may take quite some time for the myofascial pattern to develop. Symptoms may
appear months or years after a trauma or stressful event, at the point when the
body has maximized its adaptive potential and loses the ability to compensate
for abnormal tissue tension. Standard treatment protocols using medication,
exercise and modalities may fail to address the problem effectively. Manual
release of these fascial adhesions and fibrosis/scars is essential to restore
In this course, you will learn how to differentiate between myofascial
conditions such as myofascial pain syndrome and fibromyalgia. You will identify
motion restrictions through posture observation and hands-on motion testing. You
will learn the basics of how to apply MFR to improve tissue mobility,
circulation and posture, and decrease painful restrictions using this gentle
manual therapy technology to achieve improved functional outcomes across the
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
- Identify soft tissue motion
restrictions/fibrosis/scars in the skin and myofascia
- Describe the intricate anatomy and function of
our complex myofascial system
- Perform a myofascial evaluation of posture
observation and motion testing of the skin and muscles to identify motion
- Discuss indications and contraindications for
- Define myofascial pain syndrome and
fibromyalgia and discuss the differences between them
- Apply myofascial skin glide, skin rolling,
crosshand releases, laminar releases, muscle play, circular friction,
z-friction, elbowing, knuckling, distraction, respiratory diaphragm release
and psoas release to improve functional mobility as part of a therapeutic
- Discuss the evidence-based research regarding
the impact of the fascial system and efficacy of myofascial release
What You Should Bring:
Participants should bring lab clothes to wear for practice, such as halter tops
and shorts. Bring massage lotion. It is strongly recommended participants bring
a massage table or mat to practice on since this course emphasizes hands-on lab.
THERESA A. SCHMIDT, DPT,
MS, OCS, LMT, CEAS, CHy, DD, is the founder of Educise Resources, Inc., a
professional continuing education and health enhancement company, and is
President of Flex Physical Therapy in Long Island, New York. She graduated Long
Island University's Master's Program in Physical Therapy with Highest Honors and
earned her doctoral degree from the University of New England. Dr. Schmidt is
board-certified in Orthopedic Physical Therapy by the ABPTS and has completed
extensive studies in manual therapies including Myofascial Release, Craniosacral
Therapy, Muscle Energy, Counterstrain, Joint Mobilization, high velocity thrust,
visceral manipulation, acupressure Amma therapy, Integrated Energy Therapy, and
therapeutic touch. In addition, Dr. Schmidt is also a licensed massage
therapist, personal trainer, and certified hypnotherapist.
She has served as faculty at Touro College Physical Therapy Programs in New
York, Nassau Community College, and CUNY Queens College. In addition to speaking
with Cross Country Education, Dr. Schmidt has presented for APTA, AMTA, IDEA,
ACE, NYSSMMT, New York College for Wholistic Health Education and Research, and
Council of Licensed Physiotherapists, as well as a number of private hospitals
Dr. Schmidt is focused on providing evidence-based education, hands-on therapy
that audiences can practice immediately, and outstanding patient care.
"Theresa Schmidt is an incredible teacher who invigorates her students with her
multidisciplinary approaches to teaching. Presenting her in-depth knowledge and
skill in her seminars, she gives you material to use immediately in your clinic
and many valuable hands-on tools to enhance your practice." - Jodie
Collins, Physical Therapist, Babylon, NY
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
- Physical Therapists
- Physical Therapy Assistants
- Occupational Therapists
- Athletic Trainers
- Massage Therapists
- Occupational Therapy Assistants
- Rehabilitation Professional Educators
Cross Country Education, LLC is
accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses
Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.
This course is offered for 6 contact hours.
Cross Country Education is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education.
This course is offered for .6 AOTA CEUs. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not
imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures
by AOTA. AOTA Educational level Introductory, Category 1: Domain of OT, 2:
Occupational Therapy Process.
Cross Country Education is approved by the California Board of Registered
Nursing, Provider #CEP 13345, for 7.2 contact hours.
Cross Country Education is an approved provider by the Florida Board of Nursing,
provider #50-466. This course is offered for 6.0 contact hours.
This educational offering qualifies for 6 continuing education hours as required
by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional
organizations. Save your course outline and certificate of completion, and
contact your own board or organization for specific filing requirements.
Cross Country Education is an approved provider with the Iowa Board of Nursing,
approved provider #328. This course is offered for 7.2 contact hours.
Cross Country Education is recognized by the Board of Certification, Inc. to
offer continuing education for Certified Athletic Trainers. BOC Approved
Provider # P3097 6 CEUs will be awarded.
Cross Country Education, LLC. is approved by the National Certification Board
for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education Approved
Provider. Provider #450123-06. This course is offered for 6 CE hours. 100%
attendance is required for a Certificate of Completion to be issued, no variable
credit is given.
This program has been approved by the Arkansas State Board Of Physical Therapy
for 6.0 contact hours for Physical Therapists.
This program has been submitted to the Illinois Physical Therapy Association for
approval of 6 credit hours.
This program has been approved by the Kansas Physical Therapy Association for 6
hours (Approval #13SI40804-114) for Physical Therapist and Physical Therapy
This program has been approved by the Board of Medical Licensure & Supervision
State of Oklahoma for 6 hours for Physical Therapists.
SEMINAR CLASS TIME:
Seminar Check-In 7:30 AM
Seminar Class 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM