Foundations in Myofascial Release Approach: The Thoracic Region

presented by Walt Fritz

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This course will teach you practical and effective strategies to implement Myofasicial Release into your treatment repertoire for a common area of compliant among clients, the thoracic 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 thoracic 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 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 Moving from the outdated explanatory models of myofascial release, Walt uses more accepted, plausible neurologically-based explanations for the changes seen in myofascial release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

  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 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. The Sternal Region

    2. The Sternal Region

    This chapter will provide instruction on and demonstrate techniques applied to the sternal region, including sternal traction and sternal release. The chapter provides indications for myofascial work in the sternal region, and considerations regarding positioning and permissions for working in this region.

  3. Thoracic Rotation Stretch

    3. Thoracic Rotation Stretch

    This chapter will provide specific instructions on a thoracic rotation stretch technique that is designed to improve thorax range of motion and address pain in the intercostal, shoulders, and/or the diaphragm regions.

  4. Rib Region

    4. Rib Region

    In this chapter, the participant will be given strategies for addressing the rib region with myofascial release techniques. Indications for working in this region, permissions, and body mechanics for the therapists will be discussed

  5. Lower Thoracic/Respiratory Diaphragm Region

    5. Lower Thoracic/Respiratory Diaphragm Region

    The final chapter of this course will focus on the lower thoracic region, with special emphasis on diaphragm and respiratory function. Emphasis will be placed on techniques that utilize activation of the parasympathetic nervous system to achieve meaningful results.