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2-Day Orthopedic Myofascial Masterclass: Solutions for Pain, Posture & Mobility

Theresa A. Schmidt, PT, DPT, MS, OCS, LMT, CEAS
Approx. 12 Hours
Feb 02, 2023
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People in pain care about one thing - getting out of pain. You see the frustration and even desperation in your patients and more than anything want to play an active role in improving their quality of life. One of the most effective ways to provide immediate symptom relief is to address trigger points, myofascial pain and hypertonicity with hands on therapies.

In this one training, you will get exposure to the most powerful evidence-based soft tissue techniques available to address trigger points, myofascial pain and hypertonicity. You will also be able to skillfully apply cupping, positional release, use of foam rollers and massage guns.

More than instruction in techniques, you will build a foundation in the anatomy and function of fascia in both normal and pathological conditions. With over 40 years of clinical experience as both a physical therapist AND massage therapist, Dr. Theresa Schmidt seamlessly blends masterful application of technique along with the science that supports it while maintaining a constant emphasis on function. She’ll shed light on the significance of soft tissue dysfunction in relation to the neuromuscular influence in pain perception and loss of mobility.

This all translates to accomplishing more with less, working smarter not harder. In the spirit of working smarter, you will also discover how to use these tools to promote proper body mechanics while reducing stress on your hands in order to keep doing what you love for years to come. Purchase this training that brings the best of soft tissue techniques together in one training as you acquire skills you will use for the duration of your career!


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All members of the PESI, Inc. planning committee have provided disclosures of financial relationships with ineligible organizations and any relevant non-financial relationships prior to planning content for this activity. None of the committee members had relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies or other potentially biasing relationships to disclose to learners.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.

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**Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.


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Dr. Theresa Schmidt is an orthopedic physical therapy specialist and massage therapist integrating traditional and alternative medicine with emphasis on manual therapy, precision exercise, wellness, Reiki, hypnosis, and mindfulness. She presented for NASA/Inomedic, Johns Hopkins, Cleveland Clinic, Vanderbilt Med, Wake Med, and professional associations. She received her doctorate at UNE and served as faculty at Touro PT Programs and CUNY Queens Colleges in NY. She is a published author, Expert Consultant, Reiki Master Instructor, and hypnotherapist in private practice at Educise® in New Hampshire.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Theresa Schmidt is the president of Educise, P.C., and has an employment relationship with CEU She receives a speaking honorarium, a consulting fee, and recording royalties from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Theresa Schmidt is a member American Physical Therapy Association and the American Massage Therapy Association.

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  1. Investigate the anatomy and function of the fascial and neuromuscular systems.
  2. Analyze the evidence-based research regarding the fascial system and efficacy of soft tissue and positional interventions to improve functional mobility.
  3. Perform an assessment to identify mobility restrictions, painful trigger points, (TPs) and functional impairments related to abnormal neuromuscular tension and document results.
  4. Investigate the scientific mechanism for soft tissue mobilization (STM) myofascial release (MFR) and positional release (PRT) interventions.
  5. Formulate indications, precautions and contraindications for soft tissue interventions.
  6. Appraise appropriate outcome measures and billing codes to employ for documenting results to optimize reimbursement.
  7. Differentiate between mobility impairments such as myofascial pain, scar tissue adhesions and fibromyalgia.
  8. Demonstrate over ten manual therapy techniques employing manual MFR/STM, cupping instrument-assisted STM, and positional release for a variety of clinical conditions.
  9. Distinguish appropriate attributes of cupping tools including cup diameter, size and rim shape, manual or mechanical, and materials to promote soft tissue mobility, increase circulation and relieve painful restrictions.
  10. Differentiate cupping techniques including dry stationary and dynamic gliding cupping, exercise cupping, and acu-magnet cupping.
  11. Investigate client positioning to reduce the sensitivity of selected TPs to allow spontaneous release of abnormal neuromuscular tension, reduce pain, and improve range of motion and strength.
  12. Demonstrate use of manual techniques and tools as part of a plan of care to reduce pain in restricted tissues, restore flexibility, and improve strength and function.
  13. Integrate manual interventions into your plan of care to manage trigger points and neuromuscular/myofascial tension, remodel scar tissue, decrease sympathetic tone, modulate pain, and promote comfort, flexibility, function and physical performance.


Significance of the Connective Tissue and Neuromuscular Systems in Management of Restrictive 

Mobility Impairments 

Myofascial Release/Soft Tissue Mobilization Fundamentals for Function 

Anatomy and Function of Fascia in Normal and Pathological Conditions 

  • Connective tissue system structure and significance  
  • Explore interrelationship of all body parts connected by fascia with a video of live fascia by expert Jean Claude Guimberteau, MD 
  • How the “release” occurs and why 
  • Importance of palpation sensitivity, grading depth of pressure, stages of release 

Differential Diagnosis of Fascial Impairment 

  • How to Distinguish Between Myofascial Pain and Fibromyalgia 
    • Improve your problem-solving skills with challenging impairments 
    • Objective documentation of trigger points, scar tissue, mobility impairments and functional change 

Principles and Procedures of Myofascial Release 

  • Identify fascial mobility impairments using posture and palpation exams 
  • Perform layer palpation and tri-planar mobility testing 
  • Correct pressure and timing for release 
  • Facilitate releases with integrative interventions, breathing, movement 

Documentation Results 

  • Using functional outcomes measures effectively for insurance reimbursement  

Identify Mobility Impairments Using Posture, Palpation, and Motion Testing  

  • Soft Tissue Mobility Assessment – How to Listen to What the Body is Saying 
    • Myofascial assessment- observation and motion testing for restrictions 
    • Learn how to palpate and assess fascial mobility, identify TPs 
    • Develop palpatory skills, proper tissue pressure, graded touch and timing 
    • General and local listening of fascial tension patterns 
  • Techniques to Remodel Fascia, Relieve Pain and Increase Functional Mobility 
    • Skin gliding and Skin rolling 
    • Cross-hand releases for spine and extremities 
    • Muscle Play release 
  • Specific and Deeper Myofascial Techniques 
    • Circular friction 
    • Elbowing, Knuckling 
    • Longitudinal stroking, Z-friction release 

Instrument-assisted STM techniques 

Cupping: Use of negative pressure dry cupping suction cups - Baguan 

  • Cupping history, theory, safety, indications, contraindications, precautions 
  • Tool types and selection 
    • Forces employed: pressure, size, shape of cups 
  • Static and dynamic gliding technique 
  • Cupping demo for clinical cases 
  • Scraping- use of shaped tools to remodel adhesions- Guasha 
  • Blades, rollers, balls, shaped tools to remodel fascia 
  • When to use your hands vs. instrument-assisted release 
  • Research outcomes for cupping therapy 

Myofascial Distraction Techniques 

  • Arm and leg distraction 
  • PNF/ Muscle Energy and STM combined 

How to Use STM on Specific Regions of The Body 

  • Respiratory diaphragm 
  • Iliopsoas 
  • Transverse fascial diaphragms 
  • TMJ Release 
  • Suboccipital Inhibition Release 

What Does the Research Tell Us? 

  • Effectiveness of STM/MFR in clinical and lab conditions 
  • Clinical Problem-Solving for Case Studies and Discussion, Q&A 

Trigger Point Release Fast ‘n Easy 

Ischemic Compression and Reflex inhibition to Ease Painful Muscle Tension 

  • What do you do when clients present with painful, tense areas of consistent muscle tension? 
  • Habits that produce abnormal strain on the neuromuscular system, resulting in tight bands of abnormal muscle contraction/TPs  
  • Etiology and physiology of trigger points, assessment, imaging, research evidence 
  • Trigger point pain presentation/referral patterns 
  • What/how to document  

Interventions to manage painful TPs 

  • Ischemic compression  
  • Reflex movement therapy  
  • Muscle energy 

Integrative Neuromuscular Inhibition Technique (L. Chaitow, DO) 

Case studies 

Positional Release (Strain-Counterstrain)  

  • Application for Mobility, Strength and Function 

Neuromuscular basis for positional release technique (PRT)/Strain-counterstrain (SCS) 

Role of Trigger Points in Movement Impairments 

  • Etiology and physiology of TPs 
  • Assessment and Imaging 
  • Research on Effectiveness of PRT 
  • Demonstration of PRT interventions: Cervical, shoulder, lumbar, hip, knee 

Home Program Design using PRT 

Closing Discussion/Q&A 

Target Audience

  • Physical Therapists
  • Physical Therapist Assistants
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Chiropractors
  • Athletic Trainers
  • Massage Therapists
  • Other Rehab and Healthcare Professionals


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