presented by Walt Fritz
This course will teach you practical and effective strategies to implement Myofasicial Release into your treatment repertoire for a common area of complaint among clients, the lower extremities. Before watching this course, please ensure you have already viewed "Foundations in Myofascial Release Approach: Bridging the Gap", which sets the stage for a newer, more scientifically plausible and acceptable model of explanation of myofascial release. The lower extremities present a mixture of complex structures and diagnoses of varying degrees and etiologies. This course will provide simple, but effective ways to connect with your client's pain and symptoms and devise easy to understand treatment concepts to provide lasting changes. Interfacing with your client's body in ways you have not in the past, you will find ways to make your existing modalities more effective utilizing myofascial release.
Walt Fritz is a licensed physical therapist with a B.S. in Physical Therapy and B.A. in Community Mental Health from SUNY Buffalo. He has been a physical therapist since 1985 and has taught Myofascial Release continuing education since 1995. He is proud to now lead the Foundations in Myofascial Release Seminars™, teaching therapists of all types across the country. Moving from the outdated explanatory models of myofascial release, Walt uses more accepted, plausible neurologically-based explanations for the changes seen in myofascial release practice. Walt also operates the Pain Relief Center, in Rochester, NY. Here he sees both local clients, as well as clients who travel from across the country with pain issues that have not resolved with other modalities.
This chapter introduces models of explanation for the mechanism or mechanisms behind the usefulness of myofascial release approach, including the mechanical/fascial model and the neurological model of explanation. Walt Fritz then explains the basics of the Foundations in Myofascial Release approach and a unique "tissues in distress" model, which combines aspects of the mechanical and neurological approaches.
This chapter will provide instruction on a number of stretching techniques for the long muscles of the leg, including discussions of leg anatomy and alternate techniques for each stretch.
In this chapter, Walt Fritz will demonstrate several variations of leg traction techniques utilizing different body mechanics and incorporating alternate equipment and hand placement. Important information regarding indications and contraindications will also be discussed.
In the final chapter of this course, key techniques for the foot will be discussed and demonstrated, including key anatomy and technique variations.