Workshops

Fascial Balancing Upper Quadrant (FBUQ):

The purpose of FB is to treat fascial tension or scar tissue which can be found at the superficial level, the deep level around muscles, bones, joints, organs, nerves, arteries and veins and at the deepest level around the brain and spinal cord. This course will teach you how to evaluate and treat fascial tension or scar tissue in the superficial and deep fascia of the anterior torso (hyoid region, clavicles, sternum, anterior rib cage, diaphragms and abdomen) and the upper extremities (shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand). As a student, you will learn what fascia is, where it is found, its role in the body, and how it gets injured. FB helps to reduce fascial tension, muscle tension, and pain, and will help to increase joint mobility, decrease swelling, and restore proper joint biomechanics, functional ROM and postural alignment.

Course Objectives:

  • Gain an understanding of the history, principles, and neuromuscular basis of Fascial Balancing
  • Conduct a thorough orthopedic and fascial evaluation for the anterior torso (hyoid region, clavicles, sternum, anterior rib cage, diaphragms and abdomen) and the upper extremities (shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand)
  • Ability to chart your results of the evaluation and formulate a treatment plan
  • Decide on the proper sequence of treating the Total Body Lesion
  • Perform Fascial Balancing Techniques on the anterior torso (hyoid region, clavicles, sternum, anterior rib cage, diaphragms and abdomen) and the upper extremities (shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand). Understand the clinical importance of Fascial Balancing Techniques and the treatment of joint,  and muscular skeletal dysfunctions
  • Integrate Fascial Balancing Techniques with other treatment modalities taught at DAI.

Fascial Balancing utilizes both short and long lever mechanical, and listening & following fascial balancing techniques to address fascial dysfunction. FB can be either a direct, indirect, or a combined manual therapy technique in which the practitioner evaluates the patient for fascial tension or scar tissue. You will learn to chart the fascial tension you have found on a scanning evaluation sheet and prioritize your findings using the general principles of treatment. The practitioner will treat the fascial tension region with the greatest restriction. This technique alleviates both articular and soft tissue dysfunctions in the body, thus restoring proper pain-free movement.

FB will help reduce fascial tension, muscle tension, pain, and will help to increase joint mobility, decrease swelling, and restore proper joint biomechanics, functional ROM and postural alignment. You will see immediate changes in your patient's pain and functional level.

FB can be used in the treatment of back pain, sciatica, neck pain, headaches, rib pain, upper and lower extremity orthopedic dysfunctions, swelling, and postural deformities. Because of the gentleness and effectiveness of FB, it is appropriate with the following patient populations: pediatrics, geriatrics, sports injuries, auto accidents, general orthopedic conditions, amputees, respiratory and neurological patients. You will be given a highly illustrated manual outlining each evaluation and treatment technique. This course involves a combination of theory, demonstration and hands-on practice. Evaluation and treatments will be performed by each participant using the methods learned. Plenty of time is allotted for hands-on practice as well as questions, discussion and review.

FB, like all other osteopathic manual techniques, begins with evaluation. You will learn to utilize the principles of ARTS to evaluate The Total Body Lesion.

The A stands for Asymmetry: The practitioner evaluates the patient for Postural Asymmetry in the sagittal, frontal, and transverse planes in both standing and sitting. Which body part displays the greatest asymmetry?

The R stands for Range of Motion: The practitioner evaluates the range of motion (ROM) of the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine, the rib cage, upper and lower extremities. You will learn to assess any restriction to normal ROM in both active and passive movement.

The T stands for Tension Tests: The practitioner will perform tension tests for the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine, the rib cage, upper and lower extremities. Normally, when performing tension tests, the palpation should find a soft, supple and springy end feel. If the sensation is hard and restrictive, dysfunction is present.

The S stands for Special Tests: The practitioner will perform specific orthopedic tests to confirm your findings.


Testimonial

"I believe that this is one of the best classes I have taken in a long time. The class speaks for itself with the results and how this type of bodywork is so effective. I have 15 therapists that work at my business, and I have told all of them how great this class was. I would take another class again in the near future, and I look forward to learning more and more about this technique."

K.F., PT

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