The Eclectic Approach to Soft Tissue Manipulation

Date: January 28-29, 2017
Cost: $525
Speaker: Dr. Erson Religioso III, DPT, MS, MTC, CertMDT, CFC, CSCS, FMS, FMT, FAAOMPT
Contact Hours: Approximately 13.0
Open to: PT, PTA, OT, COTA, ATC, DC, MT

Description: This course is an introduction to soft tissue manipulation using the EDGE/EDGEility Tools and EDGE Mobility Bands. It is designed to teach the participant an eclectic approach to evaluate and treat the soft tissues of the body. The participant will review the anatomy and physiology of myofascia. Indications and contraindications to treatment will be discussed. The treatments will be divided into three types: instrument-assisted soft tissue manipulation; compression wrapping; and functional release with PNF and movement. Patterns of tissue dysfunction will be taught for assessment and treatment. The course is 30% lecture and 70% lab. 

Participant learning experience: Presentation will be didactic for anatomy and physiology review, research and movement classification using a Repeated Motion Exam and a Movement Screen. After the lecture, the remainder will be lab breakout sessions. Patient cases will be incorporated into the course to aid in understanding and allow for application of knowledge to a clinical scenario. A variety of audiovisual aids, including slides and video, may be used to augment presentation of material.

Assessment of learning: Evaluations will include written examinations and a round-robin evaluation of treatment techniques at the end of the day.
Upon successful completion of this course, the participant will:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the soft tissues of the human musculoskeletal system.
  2. Be able to evaluate and treat common soft tissue dysfunctions in the upper and lower quadrants of the body.
  3. Use traditional soft tissue manipulation, functional release, compression wrapping and instrument-assisted soft tissue manipulation as an adjunct to joint manipulation and other orthopedic manual therapy treatments.
  4. Understand the indications and contraindications to soft tissue manipulation.
  5. Be able to prescribe basic exercises with mode and patient education.
  6. Be able to give the patient informed consent for treatment.
  7. Understand clinical practice patterns of the UQ and LQ and apply them to a movement screen and a repeated motions exam for test and re-test of the patient’s function and symptoms.


Day 1
9-9:10 a.m. — Introduction to speaker
9:10-10:30 a.m. — Introduction to The Eclectic Approach, research review

10:30-10:45 a.m. — Break

10:45-11:30 a.m. — Research review continued
11:30 a.m.-noon — Upper Quarter Repeated Motions and SFMA

Noon-1 p.m. — Lunch

1-1:30 p.m. — UQ repeated motions and SFMA lab
1:30-2:30 p.m. — Soft tissue patterns of the UQ
2:30-3:15 p.m. — IASTM and UQ neurodynamics

3:15-3:30 p.m. — Break

3:30-4:30 p.m. — Sample cases
4:30-5 p.m. — Review/Instructor Q&A

Day 2
9-9:15 a.m. — Q&A/review from day 1
9:15-10:30 a.m. — LQ repeated motions and SFMA

10:30-10:45 a.m. — Break

10:45-11:30 a.m. — LQ soft tissue patterns part 1
11:30 a.m.-noon — UQ and LQ functional release pain-free techniques

Noon-1 p.m. — Lunch

1-2:30 p.m. — IASTM and LQ neurodynamics
2:30-3:15 p.m. — IASTM and spinal mobilization/manipulation

3:15-3:30 p.m. — Break

3:30-4:30 p.m. — Sample cases
4:30-5 p.m. — review, Q&A, wrap up

Speaker Biography: Dr. Erson Religioso III, DPT, MS, MTC, CertMDT, CFC, CSCS, FMS, FMT, FAAOMPT, graduated from D'Youville College in 1998 with a dual Bachelor's of Science and Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy. His interest in Orthopedics and Manual Therapy lead him to pursue a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of St. Augustine. Studying under Stanley Paris, PhD, PT, internationally known for his manual skills and knowledge of the spine as well as his distinguished faculty, Dr. Religioso earned his DPT and Manual Therapy Certification in 2000. He became credentialed in Mechanical Diagnosis and Treatment of the Spine in 2000. Thanks to extensive training and certification from Dr. Mariano Rocabado, PT, of Chile, one of the world’s foremost experts in treatment of temporomandibular joint dysfunction, Dr. Religioso became certified in evaluation and treatment of oromaxillary, craniofacial and temporomandibular pain in 2005. Later in 2005, he obtained Fellow status in the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists. He now serves as a mentor for future Fellows through Daemen College’s Fellowship in OMPT program. Dr. Religioso became certified in FMS level 1 in December 2011 and expects certification in level 1 of the Selective Functional Movement Assessment soon. In January 2013, Dr. Religioso became an official FMT level 2 certified Rock Doc, a state-of-the-art method of kinesiotaping. In mid-to-late 2013, Dr. Religioso pursued courses leading to the completion of the Postural Restoration Institute's PRC Certification. He has formal training in use of the Capnotrainer, a device that measures breathing output to help with unexplained complaints, and recently completed Level 1 of Redcord Neurac and KinetaCore Functional Dry Needling. Dr. Religioso is an adjunct faculty member at SUNY at Buffalo, where he teaches orthopaedic manual physical therapy in the DPT program. He founded to help mentor and teach professionals around the world, and to help educate consumers and the general public on the profession of physical/physiotherapy. He also is the creator of the EDGE Tool , a high-quality stainless steel tool for assisted soft tissue manipulation; the EDGEility Tool, a lower-cost, high-quality plastic tool for IASTM; the CupEDGE, silicone cups for cupping massage and assisted tissue manipulation; the EDGE Mobility Bands, for enhancing mobility with compression wrapping; the EDGE Mobility Ball for self tissue mobilization from neck to foot; and the Stop Thought Viruses Challenge for individuals in chronic/persistent pain states. He also is an importer of high-quality Mirror Boxes for pain, arthritis, stroke rehab and neuroorthopedic problems.

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