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Continuing Education2 Credits

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

Manual release techniques for the commonly overactive hip flexor muscles. Soft tissue release techniques for the psoas and iliacus (iliopsoas), rectus femoris, tensor fascia latae, anterior adductors (pectineus, gracilis, adductors brevis, adductor longus, and adductor magnus) and vastus lateralis. Advanced soft tissue, massage, trigger point palpation, and mobilization techniques to inhibit antagonists. The reliability and validity of manual release techniques for anterior pelvic tilt, excessive forward lean, asymmetrical weight shift, knee pain, hip pain, back pain, sacroiliac joint (SIJ) dysfunction, and lumbopelvic hip complex dysfunction.

Course Description: Hip Flexor Static Manual Release

This course describes static manual release techniques for hip flexor 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 hip flexor massage, 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, stiff 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 tensor fascia lata, gluteus minimus, vastus lateralis, anterior adductors, psoas, iliacus, and rectus femoris. Release techniques for these muscles are commonly included in an integrated program designed to address knee pain including patellar femoral pain syndrome (PFPS), anterior hip joint pain, leg pain (groin or lateral thigh), lower back pain, and sacroiliac joint dysfunction. These techniques may also aid in addressing movement impairments correlated with lumbopelvic hip complex and lower extremity dysfunction including an anterior pelvic tilt, excessive forward lean, and a loss of hip mobility (restricted hip rotation).

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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1. Introduction

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