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    Multidiscipline Approach to Myofascial Release in the Management of Swallowing Disorders

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    Appropriate Disciplines

    • Physical Therapist
    • Occupational Therapist
    • Speech Language Pathologist
    • Speech Language Pathology Asst
    • Physical Therapy Asst
    • Certified Occupational Therapy Asst

Course Description

Challenging caseloads requires multi-discipline interaction and a skilled treatment methodology. This course is designed to introduce the rehabilitation specialist to treatment techniques appropriate for soft tissue restrictions that contribute to dysfunctional movement patterns in neurological diagnoses. Individual lectures review involved muscular and fascial anatomy tying biomechanics and kinesiology into specific soft tissue mobilization techniques appropriate to improving functional independence. Case studies are designed to correlate common functional symptoms that contribute to clinical impairments and exemplify the application of suggested manual techniques. The emphasis of this practical seminar is placed on the relationship of soft tissue restrictions to functional impairment whereby applying theory to practical intervention with manual therapy adds a whole new dimension to patient care.

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 bolus progression in deglutition.
  • Describe consequences of muscular and soft tissue dysfunction and their effects on functional activity.
  • Discuss core activation, identify postural complications and mobility deficits as they relate to an interdisciplinary approach to dysphagia.
  • Comprehensive discussion of the kinesiology of swallowing and relate fascial impairments to compensation in successful, functional movement.
  • Demonstrate advanced palpation skills of the head and neck.
  • Demonstrate basic soft tissue mobilization skills for the anterior cervical, rib cage, scapula/upper extremity in preparation for functional, muscular recruitment.
  • Describe basic structure and dysfunction in the temporomandibular joint with specific application to trismus and mastication
  • Multidiscipline, costal/thoracic segment focus for improved postural stability and respiration in bolus management
  • Discuss the indications, precautions and contraindications for myofascial mobilization.
  • Identify a proper treatment approach utilizing manual techniques through case study based on significant evaluation findings.
  • Identify and relate the significance of myofascial pain in trigger points to deglutition and apply specific manual techniques in approach to treatment
  • Discuss appropriate documentation and reimbursement issues

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.

Day 1

07:30 - 08:00
Registration and continental breakfast
08:00 - 08:15
Introductions and program overview
08:15 - 10:00
Anatomy refresher and kinesiology of deglutition
10:00 - 10:30
Review normal and abnormal swallow, dysphagia problem set
10:30 - 10:45
Morning Break
10:45 - 11:00
Laboratory: palpation and myofascial assessment
11:00 - 12:00
Normal and abnormal physiology of the myofascial system, dysphagia focus
12:00 - 01:00
LUNCH (on your own)
01:00 - 03:00
Laboratory: myofascial assessment and techniques of the anterior neck and oral cavity
03:00 - 03:15
Afternoon Break
03:15 - 03:30
Special topics: Salivation and lymphatics
03:30 - 04:00
Laboratory: enhancing salivation
04:00 - 04:30
Case study; incorporating manual therapy into dysphagia treatment; Questions and closing comments

Day 2

07:30 - 08:00
Registration (continental breakfast)
08:00 - 09:00
Postural dysfunction and its influence on swallowing with MBS review
09:00 - 09:15
Laboratory: palpation posterior cervical, thoracic and shoulder girdle
09:15 - 09:30
Anatomy and biomechanics of the TMJ and cervical spine
09:30 - 10:00
Laboratory: gentle mobilization of the TMJ, dysphagia focus
10:00 - 10:15
Morning Break
10:15 - 12:00
Laboratory: myofascial assessment and techniques for seated positioning
12:00 - 01:00
Lunch (on your own)
01:00 - 01:30
Muscular trigger points and myofascial pain syndrome, dysphagia focus
01:30 - 02:00
Laboratory: myofascial assessment and trigger point release
02:00 - 02:15
Case study; incorporating manual therapy into dysphagia treatment
02:15 - 02:30
Topics in documentation, successful goal setting and reimbursement: Questions and closing comments

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:

  • 12.0 hours
  • CIAO is an ASHA Approved Provider #AAWA (SLP/SLPAs) bubblesheet required
  • CIAO is an AOTA Approved Provider #4119 (OT/COTAs)
  • This course meets PDU requirements for NBCOT (15 PDUs Clinical Lab Assessment)
  • CIAO is an IACET Approved CE Provider
  • CIAO is an Illinois Approved Provider for PT/PTA Continuing Education
  • CIAO is recognized as an Approved Provider for PT/PTAs by the NYSE Dept State Board for PT
  • This activity is provided by the TBPTE Accredited Prov. #1602009
  • This activity meets the continuing competence requirements for PT/PTA license renewal in TX
  • 12.0 Hrs PT/PTAs in IL, NY, TX (12CCUs)

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

This course is offered for 1.2 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area)

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.

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


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