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    Myofascial Release for the Neurologically Impaired Patient

    Improving Reach and Gait through Manual Techniques

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    Appropriate Disciplines

    • Certified Occupational Therapy Asst
    • Occupational Therapist
    • Physical Therapy Asst
    • Physical Therapist

Course Description

This practical, interactive two-day workshop for rehabilitation teams will address evaluation and treatment techniques appropriate for soft tissue limitations that contribute to compensated functional mobility and caregiver dependence. This lecture reviews muscular and fascial anatomy tying kinesiology into a discussion that relates specific soft tissue mobilization and joint mobilization techniques appropriate to improving reach and phases of gait. A thorough discussion will relate the impact of immobility and spasticity on mechanical and neurological aspects of the functional muscle recruitment. Myofascial pain patterns are presented and addressed in a treatment approach to limit their influence on functional activity. This course is designed to focus treatment strategy through laboratory application to improve manual skills appropriate for the rehabilitation setting and suggest recruitment and facilitation techniques to improve motor control in the neurologically impaired patient. An informative and focused laboratory component provides PT’s, OT’s and their assistants with basic practical skills in palpation, seating and positioning, soft tissue assessment and mobilization as it pertains both to functional reach of the upper extremity and the gait sequence in clinical practice. The majority of this course will be hands-on application with frequent case study discussion to identify impairments and exemplify the use of manual therapy through myofascial release and other manual techniques.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Review basic anatomic structure and physiology pertaining to myofascia and specific to functional reach and gait activity.
  • Discuss and identify core activation for stability during extremity function
  • Discuss the kinesiology of functional reach and review closed and open chained kinetic events during gait activity.
  • Explain myofascial restrictions that impair extremity movement and weight acceptance during functional activity.
  • Describe consequences of muscular and soft tissue dysfunction and their effects on functional activity.
  • Discuss the indications, precautions and contraindications for myofascial mobilization.
  • Identify postural dysfunction and complications as they relate to reach and mobility.
  • Demonstrate evaluation and basic mobilization skills for the rib cage and scapula as well as appropriate facilitation of truncal activation in reach.
  • Demonstrate evaluation and basic mobilization skills for lower quadrant range and proper facilitation for muscular activation, maximizing stability and momentum in gait activity.
  • Identify and relate the significance of common myofascial pain in trigger points and apply specific manual techniques in approach to treatment.
  • Identify a proper treatment approach utilizing manual techniques through multiple case study based on the significant findings in evaluation.
  • Discuss appropriate documentation regarding therapeutic intervention.

John Kelly


A graduate of the University of St. Augustine’s graduate Physical Therapy Program. John has over 17 years’ experience with acute inpatient and hospital-based outpatient rehabilitation and currently an outpatient clinical director for Siskin Rehabilitation Hospital in Chattanooga, Tennessee. John continues to balance full time patient care with administrative responsibilities. John is NDT certified and an experienced manual orthopedic therapist working toward his clinical doctorate and manual therapy certification. John is a certified VitalStim® Instructor and has taught orthopaedic and electrotherapy courses across the country. John is an accomplished clinical instructor and consistently is recognized for his exceptional patient rapport and strong evaluations from course participants.

Financial Disclosure: John is a salaried employee for his position at Siskin Rehabilitation Hospital. John Kelly receives honoraria from CIAO Seminars for the presentation of his live courses. He also receives royalties for the purchase of his recorded course(s)
Non-financial Disclosure: No relevant non-financial relationship exists.

Delivery VIA:

  • Live By Request - This course is available to come to you! Contact us to see how easy that can be. mail@ciaoseminars.com

Contact hours pre-approved for:

  • CIAO is an AOTA Approved Provider #4119 (OT/COTAs)
  • CIAO is an IACET Approved Provider
  • This course meets PDU requirements for NBCOT (12 PDUs)
  • 12 Hours (1.2 CEUs) OT/COTAs, PT/PTAs (unless otherwise noted below)

The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

CIAO is recognized on the NBCOT Provider Registry (meets PDU requirements for NBCOT)

CIAO is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). CIAO complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard, which is recognized internationally as a standard of excellence in instructional practices. As a result of this accreditation, CIAO is accredited to issue the IACET CEU.


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