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Continuing Education2 Credits

Static Manual Release: Hip External Rotators (for Lumbo Pelvic Hip Complex Dysfunction):

Manual release techniques for the commonly overactive muscles of the external rotators of the hip. Soft tissues release techniques for the adductor magnus, biceps femoris, piriformis, and deep rotators of the femur. Advanced soft tissue, massage, trigger point palpation, and mobilization techniques to inhibit antagonists. The reliability and validity of manual release techniques for knees bow out, hip pain, knee pain, asymmetrical weight shift, SIJ (sacroiliac joint) dysfunction and lumbopelvic hip complex dysfunction.

Course Description: Hip External Rotators Static Manual Release

This course describes static manual release techniques for hip external rotator muscles that are commonly assessed as over-active and prone to trigger point development. Unfortunately, it is easy to be confused by a large number of synonyms for these terms. For example, the techniques described in this course could be considered refinements of massage therapy techniques, deep tissue massage, sports massage, medical massage, trigger point therapy, static compression techniques, soft tissue mobilization, muscle inhibitory techniques, and manual therapy techniques. Even the term trigger point is referred to by a variety of synonyms including muscle knots, nodules, adhesions, over-active muscle fibers, hypertonic fascicles, spasms, and acute points of hyper-contractility, and the trigger point phenomenon is likely part of every reference to short muscles, tight muscles, "locked" muscles, muscle strains, muscle spasm, etc. Part of the reason there are so many synonyms is the rich history of scientific inquiry, from multiple disciplines and cultures, that have contributed to our understanding of these techniques and the information in this course.

This course includes techniques for the adductor magnus, biceps femoris, piriformis, and deep rotators of the hip. Release techniques for these muscles are commonly included in an integrated program designed to address chronic lower back pain, sacroiliac joint dysfunction, anterior hip joint pain, or leg pain (groin or lateral thigh). These techniques may also aid in addressing movement impairments correlated with lumbopelvic hip complex and lower extremity dysfunction including an asymmetrical weight shift, knee varus (knees bow out), an inadequate forward lean, a loss of hip mobility (restricted hip rotation), and/or hip flexor over-activity.

The techniques in this course are recommended for all clinical human movement professionals (physical therapists, physical therapy assistants, athletic trainers, massage therapists, chiropractors, occupational therapists, etc.) with the intent of developing an evidence-based, systematic, integrated, patient-centered, and outcome-driven approach.

Techniques Covered in this Course:

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