The Feedback Loop and the “Frozen Chicken”
A Clinical Pearl by Walt Fritz


The Frozen Chicken

The feedback loop helps you determine where to treat and what area is relevant to your client’s pain or dysfunction. It allows you to feel, reproduce, and validate your client’s pain. So how do you start? Where do you begin?

The Feedback Loop

1. Locate the Tissue in Distress

The “tissue in distress” is the target of your evaluation and treatment. Try to connect with the feel of their pain, to reproduce a familiar sign or symptom.

Being able to accurately locate and isolate specific areas that seem connected to their pain is key for successful interventions.

2. Find the “Frozen Chicken”

Although it sounds inappropriate, the concept can help you find areas of dysfunction. Watch the video below, from my course, to learn what exactly this means.

3. Confirm with Your Client

Once you’ve located the frozen chicken, you must expertly “snag” the area and seek validation feedback from your client.

4. Treat

By confirming your finding with your client, you have already found a treatment direction or technique.

Used as a stand-alone means of treating or combined with existing modalities, this feedback loop can be a valuable asset to your interventions.

The Feedback Loop

Bypass Limitations With The Feedback Loop

Most evaluative tools – postural, orthopedic etc. – have limitations. For example, postural and structural deviations and asymmetries may be poor indicators of pain or dysfunction.

The feedback loop lets us bypass the more controversial evaluation tools. We can focus on signals in the body that, when snagged or stimulated, positively reproduce or engage a client’s pain. We then can easily turn these findings into treatment.


Watch this short video clip from my course on Foundations in Myofascial Release Approach: Bridging the Gap to learn more about the "Frozen Chicken".

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About Walt Fritz:
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.





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