Evidenced Based Principles and Applications of Stretching and Self-Myofascial Release

About the Course:
The fascial system is vital not just to our structural health, but to the health of the body as a whole. The fascial system surrounds, supports, and integrates our muscles, organs, and even our cells. It is a multi-dimensional system, essential to the flow of information and vital energy— prana, or chi—in the body. Adding myofascial release to your yoga practice helps remove restrictions and trauma in this vital system. The myofascial system gets limited and dehydrated over time, as trauma, inflammation or unresolved emotional holdings get lodged in the system. Myofascial restrictions hold many people back in their yoga practice. This course instructs the therapist in the principles of fascia, mechanics of Myofascial release, and Anatomy Trains. Therapists will gain a deeper understanding of the myofascial system, its importance for the body, and how myofascial restrictions or trigger points get lodged in the body over time. Through this course, therapists will learn how to integrate the knowledge of Myofascial release, Myofascial unwinding, and Anatomy Trains into a therapeutic yoga practice to address common muscle imbalances.

Course Objectives: 
At the end of this course the participant will be able to: 
  • Select two muscular components considered when defining the term “stretching” 
  • Select four mechanical properties previously considered as changing during stretching protocols 
  • Identify 3 factors that are considered when measuring flexibility changes. 
  • Identify the six major types of stretching. 
  • Identify the possible indications and contraindications for each type of stretching. 
  • Identify the 3 components that should be measured to assess flexibility according to Weppner. 
  • Recognize the signs and symptoms of Benign Joint Hypermobility Syndrome and how to design a program for this population 
  • Select two mechanical properties associated with the fascial system. 
  • Recognize the description of Anatomy Trains as defined by Thomas Myers 
  • Locate 6 Anatomy Train Lines 
  • Recall techniques to incorporate self-myofascial release and how to maximize those techniques. 
  • Select four reasons you would use tools for self-myofascial release. 
  • Identify techniques and tool implementation for self-myofascial release 
  • Recognize how to implement foam rolling techniques for major muscle groups. (Gluts, Quads, Hamstrings) 
  • Recognize how to implement massage therapy ball techniques for the Upper Body and foot. 
About the Instructor: 
Chrys Kub, PT, c-NDT, is an integrative physical therapist with over 25 years of clinical experience. She is also a certified yoga therapist with the International Association of Yoga Therapists. Chrys has developed and taught courses in evidenced-based treatment techniques for children with neurodevelopmental disorders as well as courses in therapeutic yoga applications for children and adults throughout the US and online. She has extensive experience in multiple settings including outpatient neurological rehabilitation, the school, Private Practice, Outpatient Sensory Integration Clinic, NeoNatal Home Health, and Early Intervention. Through her work in physical therapy, she has utilized treatment techniques such as myofascial release, joint mobilization, kinesiotaping, and therapeutic yoga integrated with traditional modalities. Chrys has presented her work at the Symposium for Yoga Therapy and Research and the American Academy of Pediatric Therapy. She established FitYogaTherapy, an organization dedicated to the education of practitioners in yoga therapy and physical therapy. Chrys is a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists and an ACE Certified Personal Trainer and CEU provider. For additional information, visit www.fityogatherapy.com.

This course is a video, on-demand course.