During the past few decades, myofascial trigger points and myofascial pain syndrome have received much attention in the scientific and clinical literature. Guidelines developed by the International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Therapists (IFOMT) confirm the importance of muscle dysfunction for orthopedic manual therapy clinical practice.
The IFOMT has defined orthopedic manual therapy as “a specialized area of physiotherapy/physical therapy for the management of neuromusculoskeletal conditions, based on clinical reasoning, using highly specific treatment approaches including manual techniques and therapeutic exercises.” However, research on muscle dysfunction in the manual therapy literature is sparse and the focus has been on muscle injury and muscle repair mechanisms or on muscle recruitment. Until very recently, the current scientific knowledge and clinical treatment of trigger points were rarely included. This is reflected by the current gap in educational training in manual educational programs in the U.S., as there is a strong focus on joint mobilizations and manipulation compared to manual therapy interventions for muscle pain and dysfunction.
The purpose of this course is to provide a best evidence-informed review of the current scientific understanding of trigger points including the etiology, pathophysiology, and clinical implications for treatment, against the background of extensive clinical experience. This course expands on the best available evidence for the assessment and treatment of trigger points by providing video-based techniques promoted by experts in the field of manual therapy. A focus of this course is the proper execution of techniques, which will be clearly illustrated with video-based examples.
This Seminar-on-Demand is 2 contact hours in length (check your state’s approval status in the state specific course catalog for your profession).
|Contact Hours: 2|
Video Course Format: Video
|Target Audience: ATC/LAT, MT/LMT, OT/COTA, PT/PTA|
|Instructional Level: Intermediate||BOC Level of Difficulty: Advanced|
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- Overview of trigger points
- Teres Minor/Major
- Upper Trapezius
- Pectoralis Minor
- Demonstration videos:
- Supraspinatus location and stretch
- Infraspinatus location and stretch
- T. Minor and T. Major
- Levator and Levator 2
- Infraspinatus-posterior GH1 and GH2 demo
- IASTM protocols
- Post-Inferior capsules
Course Goals & Objectives:
This course is intended to instruct the professional on the current scientific understanding of trigger points including the etiology, pathophysiology, and clinical implications for treatment.
At the conclusion of this course, the participant will be able to:
- List two sensory two motor characteristics of trigger points
- Enumerate three pathophysiological models (etiological models) for the development of trigger points
- Recognize two differences between trigger points and muscle fibrosis
- Cite two types of trigger points
- Identify the level of evidence for manual therapy interventions, including ischemic compression and instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilizations (IASTM) for patients with trigger points
- Cite the common trigger point assessment and treatment techniques for periscapular trigger points.
Criteria for Completion:
A score of 70% or more is considered passing. Scores of less than 70% indicate a failure to understand the material and the test will need to be taken again until a passing score has been achieved.
Contact Hours: 2
Target Audience: Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, Athletic Trainers, Massage Therapist.
Instructional Level: Intermediate
BOC Level of Difficulty: Advanced
Course Type: Seminar-On-Demand
- Financial – Bob McCabe is employed by NYU Center for Musculoskeletal Care and receives a salary. He receives royalty payments from HomeCEUConnection.com for the presentation of this course.
- Nonfinancial – No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.
- No relevant conflicts of interest exist for any member of the activity planning committee.
Content Disclosure: This course does not focus solely on any specific product or service.
Cancellation Policy: For activity cancellation, returns, or complaint resolution, please contact Anne Osborn by email Anne@HomeCEU or by phone at 1.800.55.4CEUS (2387). We have a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Refunds will be issued for courses that have not been completed (exam not taken), or for any course that has been rejected by your board of approval. Webinar attendance must be canceled 24 hours before the scheduled start time.