Today we are talking with Theresa Schmidt, DPT, MS, OCS, LMT, CEAS, CHY, DD. Theresa will be presenting two sessions at Rehab Rally, Sessions 301 and 302 Myofascial Release Clinical Applications Upper Body and Lower Body I & II As a clinician with over 25 years of experience, she has created a successful career administering the best possible care for her patients, and sharing her knowledge across the US. I recently sat down with Theresa to discuss her thoughts and expertise, and here is what she had to say.
BB: Theresa, tell me about your current practice and the patients you treat.
TS: I maintain a home office as well as provide consultations for patients, all one on one. My practice is primarily outpatient orthopedic with some mixed diagnoses. I focus on manual therapy and precision exercise for patients with complex conditions and orthopedic diagnoses. Many of my patients have chronic pain that has not responded to traditional Physical Therapy. My approach combines allopathic and integrated complementary care models which are evidence-based.
BB: Theresa, you are a very patient-oriented clinician, was that one of the reasons you decided to specialize in Myofascial Release?
TS: The most important thing to me as a clinician is the functional outcomes I promote for my patients. I place more value on the outcomes I generate using MFR right in my clinic than on all the research available. The proof is in the results As a patient who has been involved in several accidents and who has been on many treatment tables, MFR is one procedure that has made a significant difference in keeping me on my feet!
BB: I'm not very familiar with Myofascial Release. Can you tell me more about the field?
TS: MFR utilizes the holistic approach as well as the allopathic model, which is reflected in the growing body of evidence from the fascia research projects. I teach MFR from a biomechanical perspective, which is applicable to patients mobility restrictions across the lifespan and across diagnoses. Some practitioners teach from a more new age or spiritual/energetic perspective on the intervention. [But] My approach combines allopathic and integrated complementary care models which are evidence-based.
BB: Theresa that brings up an interesting question, Evidence-Based practice is becoming increasingly vital in the medical profession, what are some of the leading research entities for MFR?
TS: Although I appreciate both the traditional methods and complementary approaches, it is important to maintain credibility with the medical profession by providing evidence based on measurable outcomes. The Fascia Research Congress of 2007, 2009, and 2011 has done just that. (www.fasciacongress.org) There is also a growing body of evidence from the National Institute of Health measuring outcomes relative to the alternative models for hands-on care, including manual therapies such as MFR.
BB: In addition to Rehab Rally, you have also presented in over 200 cities across the US sharing your knowledge with other clinicians. What caused you to add educator to your repertoire?
TS: In my PT curriculum, we were encouraged to teach many of our courses and to learn educational goals and objectives. As I attended seminars, I considered how necessary it is to share my experience. I attended so many courses, it seemed natural to design and share what I learned in the clinic as well as in continuing education. I love to teach and to interact with people in the field, always learning more and presenting what I think provides the best functional outcomes in practice.
BB: Although you love teaching, I imagine you have a very strenuous live continuing education schedule, but how do you feel about online /home-study continuing education courses?
TS: I am currently completing an online course. Now that most states require continuing education, it is critical to include both attended and home study models for acquiring continuing education credits. Some practitioners find difficulty in traveling to seminars or challenges in obtaining time from their work schedule or family to attend live courses. Online courses allow the flexibility to achieve lifelong learning without the need to travel to a course or juggle schedules. It is a great way to reach practitioners in rural areas who may not have immediate access to current live events.
After talking toTheresa Schmidt, it was clear that she is a therapist who loves her patients, and enjoys giving back to her profession through teaching. HomeCEU currently offers Theresas course Orthopedic Manual Therapy: Lumbar Spine as a Seminar On Demand, or video based course. If you are unable to attend Rehab Rally but would like to view Theresa's sessions, her courses from Rehab Rally, Myofascial Release Clinical Applications Upper Body and Lower Body I & II will be released in a video-based format later in the year. For more information about Theresa and her practice, or her course and lectures, you can visit her website at www.educise.com or email her at educise AT yahoo.com.