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Digital Seminar

Mastering Myofascial Release

Garry Adkins, BCTMB, CMI
5 Hours 48 Minutes
Audio and Video
May 13, 2016
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Digital Seminar - Also available: DVD


Fascial tissue can become rigid, and inelastic over time, due to physical and emotional trauma, habit patterns, disease, and the desiccation of tissue that can accompany the aging process. In short, fascial tissue will change from a lubricant to an adhesive. This binding up of fascial tissue causes a great deal of what the patient experiences as stress, tension, pain, and reduced range of motion.

In this recording, we'll focus on techniques and treatment protocols that immediately reduce chronic tension and improve range of motion with minimal residual soreness the next day. Discover a myofascial treatment approach that utilizes gentle pressure to increase client proprioception while allowing fascia to gently lengthen, stretch, soften, and become more flexible. Learn how myofascial release enables clinicians to efficiently locate and treat scar tissue and adhesions that cause multi–layered soft tissue restriction and adversely affect the dynamic function of the underlying muscles, tendons, fascia, and ligaments. Finally, explore how using less pressure can improve your mechanical advantage and empower you to treat fascia more deeply and effectively.


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NOTE: Tuition includes one free CE Certificate (participant will be able to print the certificate of completion after completing the on-line post-test (80% passing score) and completing the evaluation). 

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Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of your profession.  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 profession's standards.  

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Florida Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the Florida Board of Occupational Therapy. Provider Number #50-399. This course qualifies for 5.8 self-study continuing education credits.

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California Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants

PESI, Inc. is recognized by the Physical Therapy Board of California as an approval agency to approve providers. This self-study lecture qualifies for 5.75 continuing competency hours.

Texas Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants

This activity is provided by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners Accredited Provider #2106032TX and meets continuing competence requirements for physical therapist and physical therapist assistant licensure renewal in Texas. This activity will provide 5.75 CCUs. The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.

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This self-study course consists of 5.75 clock hours of instruction that is applicable for physical therapists. CE requirements for physical therapists vary by state/jurisdiction. Please retain the certificate of completion that you receive and use as proof of completion when required.

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PESI, Inc. is a Registered Physical Therapy Continuing Education Sponsor through the State of Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, Division of Professional Regulation. License #: 216.000270. This self-study course qualifies for 5.5 CE credit hours.

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Garry Adkins, BCTMB, CMI, is a Certified Massage Therapist Instructor and NCBTMB Approved Continuing Education Provider with over 20 years of clinical experience. A leader in the international massage therapy community, Mr. Adkins was the first person to ever demonstrate massage therapy techniques at the World's Fair, and he serves on the U.S. Olympic Committee Sports Medicine Society. Over the years, he has travelled with the US Olympic Team to St. Moritz, Switzerland, for the 2007 Bobsled and Skeleton World Championships, and previously to Salt Lake City for the 2002 Winter Olympics.

Formerly president of the Association of Michigan Myomassologists, Mr. Adkins currently conducts continuing education seminars throughout the nation while continuing to serve clients in the Greater Detroit area. Additionally, he has been a featured speaker for the Humanistic Medicine Procedure Lecture Series (Wayne State Medical School) and Michigan Chiropractic Society; a contributing writer for Massage Today and Healing Garden Journal; and Detroit Monthly's nominee for Massage Therapist of the Year.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Garry Adkins maintains a private practice. He is an instructor for Lakewood School of Massage, Inc. Mr. Adkins receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Garry Adkins has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.

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Fascial ​Anatomy, Function, and Behavior

  • What we know
  • What we have learned lately

Lab: Assessment Techniques for Identifying Fascial Restrictions, Scarring, and Fibrosis

Principles and Procedures

  • Myofascial torso techniques
  • Palpation skills tune-up
  • Comparing other forms of myofascial release

Lab: Utilizing Myofascial Release and Incorporating Effective Posture

  • Position to provide most efficient therapist posture
  • Support of the spine and extremities
  • Cross grain compared to with grain
  • Tissue barrier and beyond
  • Cross-hand releases
  • Longitudinal plane releases
  • Compression releases
  • Transverse plane releases
  • Myofascial unwinding
  • Myofascial rebounding

Indications and Contraindications

Lab: Advanced Myofascial Release Combinations and Manual Sequencing

  • Combining techniques
  • Manual sequence
  • Palpatory assessment utilizing proprioception
  • Tissue mobility, motility, and glide
  • Traction and compression
  • Skin rolling and rebounding

Lab: Mastering Myofascial Release – Clinical Applications and Customizations

  • Treatments for head and neck conditions
  • Treatments for shoulder and upper extremity conditions
  • Treatments for back and lower extremity conditions

Home Exercises

Case Studies and Fascia Research

Target Audience

  • Massage Therapists
  • Physical Therapists
  • Physical Therapist Assistants
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Athletic Trainers
  • Chiropractors


  1. Describe the origins of myofascial release and how it evolved to the present day to enhance soft tissue treatments
  2. List indications and contraindications for employing myofascial techniques with varied patient populations
  3. Apply myofascial techniques that utilize less pressure to target areas of treatment at the deepest level
  4. Analyze more invasive fascial treatments and how to utilize direct and indirect treatments together
  5. Discuss the most recent research findings pertaining to fascia and fascial treatments
  6. Demonstrate strategies for preserving of practitioner strength and functionality


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