presented by Walt Fritz
This course will teach you practical and effective strategies to implement Myofascial Release into your treatment repertoire for a common area of compliant among clients, the lumbar and pelvic region. 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 lumbar and pelvic region presents a mixture of complex structures and diagnoses, as well as unique permissions and privacy considerations for clients. 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 for problems originating in the lumbar and pelvic areas. 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 Moving from the outdated explanatory models of myofascial release, Walt uses more accepted, plausible neurologically-based explanations for the changes seen in myofascial release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 reintroduce the concept of the one-handed evaluation (first described in the foundational course “Bridging the Gap,” and applies it to the abdominal region, specifically to evaluate the efficacy of a single handed abdominal stretch. Special attention will be paid paid to considerations around permissions when working in this sensitive area.
This chapter will provide instruction on performing a supine lumbosacral decompression stretch, also referred to as the “pelvic hold,” including discussion of permission considerations for this stretch, and technique variations.
In this chapter, walt fritz will discuss variations of a prone cross handed stretch for the lumbar region. Special attention will be paid to optimal posture and hand positioning to prevent fatigue and maximize treatment value.
In the final chapter of this course, Walt Fritz will describes applications of Gentle Myomobilization™ as a treatment methodology for the anterior abdomen, including a unique application to the psoas.