What is the course about?
Treating Myo-fascial Trigger points is the first step in resolving chronic pain syndromes and traumatic injury, returning vitality, range of motion and endurance to tissues that may have been under constant stress and deprived of nutrition, lacking the means and neurological cues to return to normal function.
Often clients have experienced unexplained recurring pain and injury, increased sensitisation, referred pain and related dysfunction for years, before finding the perceptive therapist who understands the mechanisms of TrP’s and Myo-fascia and the current innovative practice that addresses the dysfunction, without exacerbating the problem in the long term. These techniques enable the therapist to work with the client, within a pain threshold, to access inherent deep healing resources, targeting these often misunderstood release buttons, sensitively and intuitively.
Bust the “no pain, no gain” myth of deep tissue work, work deeper than just tissue deep, using strain/counter-strain, positions of ease and the clients own resources and awareness, supporting the release of even deeply held emotional states that inhibit healing, all of this gently, at the client’s own pace.
What will we cover?
What are Myofascial Trigger Points? How do they arise and how are they maintained, how do they inhibit healing?- the Anatomy and defining characteristics of Trigger points and their place in the Myo-fascial web. Active and Latent TrP’s.
-Positional Release, Ischaemic Compression and Post Isometric relaxation. Holding techniques and ‘Coupling Points’.
Resolving common TrP’s of the upper body, neck and shoulders and related complaints.
Resolving common TrP’s of the lower body, abdomen, hips and buttocks and related complaints.
Anchoring treatment outcomes and Supporting the client.
Contraindications to Trigger Point Therapy.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Identify, assess and treat common trigger points safely and effectively.
Identify affected muscle groups, myo-fascia and related dysfunction and relevant physiological symptoms, including emotional and neurological states.
Determine the most effective treatment protocol for your client, supporting them through their process at their own pace.
Identify contraindications to treatment.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is a CPD level course, you will require a previous massage, anatomy and physiology qualification.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
This is a primarily practical hands-on workshop, using demonstrations, handouts, practical pair work and self-reflective, peer and tutor feedback.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Notebook/pen for your own notes.
Wear loose fitting clothing for practical exercises.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Further massage & Complementary therapies CPD.
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