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

Manual release techniques for the commonly overactive trunk muscles. Soft tissue release techniques for the erector spinae, multifidus, psoas major and iliacus (iliopsoas), and quadratus lumborum (QL). Advanced soft tissue, massage, trigger point palpation, and mobilization techniques to inhibit antagonists. The reliability and validity of manual release techniques for excessive forward lean, anterior pelvic tilt, asymmetrical weight shift, back pain, sacroiliac joint (SIJ) dysfunction, and lumbopelvic hip complex dysfunction (LPHCD).

Brent Brookbush

Brent Brookbush


Course Description: Trunk Muscle Static Manual Release

This course describes static manual release techniques for trunk and low back 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, 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 erector spinae, multifidus, psoas, iliacus, and quadratus lumborum. Release techniques for these muscles are commonly included in an integrated program designed to address acute lower back pain, chronic lower back pain, and sciatic nerve symptoms. These techniques may also aid in addressing posture correlated with lumbopelvic hip complex dysfunction; for example, an anterior pelvic tilt, asymmetrical weight shift, excessive forward lean, a loss of hip internal rotation range of motion, loss of pain-free lumbar flexion, etc. Last. these techniques may be beneficial when included in an integrated program designed to address signs of cervical dysfunction (e.g. neck pain), sacroiliac joint dysfunction (e.g. upper buttock pain), or lower extremity dysfunction. 

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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