presented by Walt Fritz
This course is the first of an eight course series on Myofascial Release. Myofascial release has long been known as an effective means to reduce or eliminate pain, but has little credibility with those who understand basic scientific principles. The Foundations Approach looks at how we can bridge the gap between older, outdated models of explanation and move into newer, more scientifically plausible and acceptable models of explanation. Once you understand how the gentle hands-on treatments affect the body, you can use this information to provide more effective and more specific interventions with your clients. You will learn how to apply strategies to establish simple, yet effective treatment approaches that are less dependent on specific techniques and rely more on an understanding of pain and how it manifests itself in the body.
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. Moving from the outdated explanatory models of myofascial release, Walt uses more accepted, plausible neurologically-based explanations for the changes seen in myofascial release practice. Walt also operates the Pain Relief Center, in Rochester, NY. Here he sees both local clients, as well as clients who travel from across the country with pain issues that have not resolved with other modalities.
This chapter explores models of explanation for the mechanism or mechanisms behind the usefulness of the myofascial release approach. The mechanical/fascial model is described and compared to the neurological model of explanation. Finally, the two explanations are blended in a "tissues in distress" concept that incorporates aspects of both models.
In this chapter, Walt Fritz explains the basics of the foundations in the myofascial release approach, including components of a thorough evaluation, necessary modifications in the treatment environment, and effective means of interfacing with the client.
In this chapter, the participant will apply the basics of the Foundations in the Myofascial Release approach. The anatomy and evaluation of the lower abdomen/anterior lumbar region are discussed, and techniques for treatment of common issues are demonstrated.