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Myofascial Trigger Point Release for the Upper Extremity

Profession: Physical Therapists/Assistants,Occupational Therapists/Assistants,Doctors of Chiropractic
Topic: Clinical
CEU: 0.3 unit
Contact Hours: 3 hours

States Approved:
- Physical Therapists/Assistants : Arkansas, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Indiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Wyoming
- Occupational Therapists/Assistants : Ohio
- Doctors of Chiropractic : Iowa, Nebraska, New Jersey

Skill Level: Beginner


 

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Course Description:

This course will teach myofascial trigger point release concepts. By utilizing the trigger point techniques, patients make rapid improvement in their status. Outcomes have reflected reduced therapy sessions with permanent improvement as well as the patient’s ability to self-manage their condition with the home exercise programs. Methods for locating and deactivating trigger points using a variety of techniques and modalities will be explored. After attending this seminar, you will be able to use these techniques immediately upon return to your practice.

Myofascial release involves sustained pressure and graded stretch applied to the soft tissue which is guided entirely by the feedback obtained from the patient’s body. The feedback felt by the therapist while applying the stretch determines the direction of the stretch, its duration, and the amount of force applied. From shoulder disorders to elbow injuries to debilitating hand and wrist problems, quicker improvement and more favorable outcomes are unquestionably dependent on proper rehabilitation technique and individualized, forward thinking concepts and application. What were previously considered complementary therapeutic methods are now proven, evidence-based techniques and modalities that care for the total patient and are imperative for today’s therapist.

Myofascial release can benefit individuals of almost all age groups wherein the release of the muscle tightness (as a result of fascial involvement) facilitates the maximal elongation of the muscles leading to a decrease in the constant pull being experienced by the tendons and other associated structures.

Course objectives:

  1. Demonstrate how to identify and correct for the most common factors that precipitate and perpetuate myofascial trigger points
  2. Identify techniques for deactivating trigger points including trigger point pressure release and myofascial release
  3. Interpret client history and assessment findings to ascertain irritability
  4. Utilize self-care techniques for deactivating trigger points
  5. Demonstrate trigger point palpation using STAR palpation

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction  
Brief history and some definitions  
Anatomy of a skeletal muscle  
Types of muscle contraction  
Laws affecting muscle tissues  
Chapter 2: Trigger Points  
Mechanism of injury  
Myofascial Trigger points  
Clinical Symptoms  
Physical Findings  
Classification of Myofascial Trigger Points  
Chapter 3: Diagnosis of Myofascial Trigger Point Syndrome  
History  
Diagnostic Criteria  
STAR palpation  
Chapter 4: Myofascial Release  
Trigger Point Acupuncture  
Vapocoolant spray  
Modalities for Myofascial Trigger Point Release  
Myofascial Stretching  
Precautions and Contraindications  
Chapter 5: Specific muscles  
Deltoid  
Biceps Brachii  
Triceps  
Brachioradialis  
Supinator  
Pronator Teres  
Flexor Carpi Ulnaris  
Flexor Carpi Radialis  
Extensor Carpi Radialis  
Extensor Carpi Ulnaris  
Extensor Digitorum  
Extensor Indicis Proprius  
Abductor Pollicis Brevis  
Flexor Pollicis Brevis  
Adductor Pollicis  
Levator Scapulae  
Upper trapezius  
Chapter 6: Other Techniques  
Muscle Energy Technique  
Postisometric Relaxation  
Postfacilitation stretch method  
Reciprocal Inhibition  
Effect of Breathing  
Positional Release Technique  
Strain-Counterstrain Technique  
Application guidelines  
Integrated Neuromuscular Inhibition Technique  
Application guidelines  
Instrument Assisted Myofascial Release  
Effects of manual loading on soft tissue  
Benefits of Cross fiber massage  
Graston Technique  
Augmented Soft Tissue Mobilization (ASTYM)  
Chapter 7: Review of Current Research  
8-week calf myofascial treatment programs  
Home Program of Ischemic Pressure and Sustained Stretch for Myofascial Trigger Points  
Ease of technique reproducibility  
Myofascial pain and fibromyalgia: thorough history necessary  
Effect of myofascial release on an adult with idiopathic scoliosis  
Changes in active mouth opening following a single treatment of latent myofascial trigger points in the masseter muscle involving post-isometric relaxation or strain-counterstrain  
Sympathetic facilitation of hyperalgesia evoked from myofascial tender and trigger points in patients with unilateral shoulder pain  
Proximal hamstring rupture, restoration of function without surgical intervention  
Trigger points in tension-type headache  
Active fascial contractility: Fascia can influence musculoskeletal dynamics  
Chapter 8: Conclusion  
References  
Chapter 9: Appendix  
Exam  
Afterword  

To purchase the online exam and e-book, simply hit the "click to proceed" button above. This option allows you to print your certificate instantly after passing the exam. (A score of 70% is required to pass the exam.)

To buy the paperback version from Amazon click below.

Accreditation

CA sealPhysical Therapists/Assistants : Arkansas, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Indiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Wyoming

Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants: New York: Rehabsurge, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Physical Therapy as an approved provider for physical therapy and physical therapist assistant continuing education. This seminar is awarded 3 contact hours.

Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants: California: The Physical Therapy Board of California recognizes Rehabsurge, Inc. as an Approval Agency to Approve Providers of Continuing Competency Courses in California for Physical Therapists and Physical Therapy Assistants. This course is approved for 3 CEs/Contact Hours.

Pricing Information

Self Study Physical Book Only (through Amazon.com): $20

Exam Only (through Rehabsurge.com or by mail): $10

Self Study E-Book and Exam(through Rehabsurge.com): $30