Foundations in Myofascial Release Approach: The Shoulder Region

presented by Walt Fritz

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This course will teach you practical and effective strategies to implement myofascial release into your treatment repertoire for a common area of complaint among clients, the shoulder 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 shoulder region presents 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 by utilizing myofascial release.

Meet Your Instructor

  • Walt Fritz, PT

    Walt Fritz, PT

    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 Moving from the outdated explanatory models of myofascial release, Walt uses more accepted, plausible neurologically-based explanations for the changes seen in myofascial release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.

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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  1. Introduction: Tissues In Distress

    1. Introduction: Tissues In Distress

    This chapter introduces models of explanation for the mechanism or mechanisms behind the usefulness of the 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.

  2. Cross-handed Stretch

    2. Cross-handed Stretch

    This chapter provides instruction on cross-handed stretch techniques for the shoulder. The chapter begins by discussing relevant anatomy and evaluation techniques, and concludes with demonstrations of techniques for treating distressed tissues that commonly present in the shoulder.

  3. Waterfall Stretch to the Anterior Shoulder

    3. Waterfall Stretch to the Anterior Shoulder

    This chapter demonstrates several waterfall stretches for the anterior shoulder region. The chapter begins by discussing relevant anatomy and evaluation techniques, and concludes with demonstrations of techniques for treating distressed tissues in the region through decompressions.

  4. Posterior and Inferior Shoulder Region

    4. Posterior and Inferior Shoulder Region

    This chapter demonstrates techniques applied to the posterior and inferior shoulder regions. The chapter begins by discussing relevant anatomy and evaluation techniques, and concludes with demonstrations of techniques for treating distressed tissues in these regions.