Positional Release Reflex Release for Painful Trigger Points and Muscle Tension

About the Course
So many people suffer from painful muscle trigger points as the result of stress, tension, and injury. The pain interferes with everyday activities and results in mobility impairments and participation limitations. Understand the nature of trigger points, (TPs) and how abnormal neurophysiological reflexes contribute to painful muscle tension and mobility impairments. Positional release (PRT) interventions modify abnormal reflexes to relax and release painful muscle tension, improving flexibility, strength, and function. Identify specific positions to manage TPs throughout the body, and objectively improve function and mobility. Discuss the research on the effectiveness of positional release techniques for pain reduction, strength and flexibility improvement, and performance enhancement.

Learning Outcomes
  • Identify the role of neuromuscular reflexes in monitoring muscle tone and tension.
  • Identify he theoretical basis and evidence-based research for positional release therapy (PRT).
  • Identify the role of neuromuscular reflexes in monitoring muscle tone and tension.
  • Define trigger point and list 3 outcome measures to identify changes in trigger point (TP) pain, muscle tension, and mobility impairment.
  • List three indications for positional release.
  • Identify specific positioning interventions to reduce the painful sensitivity of TPs, to improve mobility, strength and functional outcomes.

About the Author
Theresa A. Schmidt, PT,DPT,MS,OCS,LMT,CEAS,CHy,DD is the founder of Educise continuing education, and practices in Long Island, NY. Dr. Schmidt is a Board-certified Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy by ABPTS. She graduated Long Island University’s Masters Physical Therapy Program with Highest Honors and received her Doctorate in PT from University of New England. She served as Acting Chair of the
Physical Therapist Assistant Program and faculty of the Masters Program at Touro College, New York, NY. She served as adjunct professor at Nassau Community and CUNY Queens College. Dr. Schmidt integrates evidence-based complementary and medical rehabilitation, ergonomics and wellness programs, focusing on myofascial and craniosacral therapy, muscle energy/PNF, positional release, counter strain, mobilization, acupressure, Integrated Energy Therapy, Reiki, shamanic healing, biofield work and therapeutic touch. Theresa is a certified professional speaker, hypnotherapist, massage therapist, personal trainer, minister, and shamanic practitioner. She has presented at International Fascia Research Congress, NASA Inomedic Health, APTA, AOTA, AMTA/NY, Cleveland Clinic, Johns Hopkins, private companies, hospitals and clinics. Visit her at www.educise.com.
How to Receive Credit
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  • Complete the mandatory course evaluation.
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