Saturday, March 22, 2014

Nuggets of Thinking from Functional Range Release

What are you feeling for when you palpate soft tissue?

What is your goal when you are trying to treat soft tissue?  For example, how do you know when you are done withe treatment?

These are simple questions, but when you really, truly, come down to thinking about it, most practitioners won't have a direct, clear picture of their answer.

One thing I'm sure I heard several times, but finally stuck in my brain, was that soft tissue treatment is for the improvement of the range of motion the patient has.  Training/mobility work is for trying to gain more range of motion that they do not have.  This was a light bulb moment for me.   Don't confuse the two. 

This is by far the best palpation course taught anywhere.  Again, seems simple, but this isn't taught in the school I went to.  I've done a lot on my own through practice, but it's never been systematic.  Studying anatomy/knowing anatomy is different then FEELING anatomy.  It's thrilling and humbling.  I'm getting better by the hour, (thrilling)  it's 10 years since graduation and I just know now without a doubt where some muscles lie.  (humbling)

If you don't know epimysial space (I mean own it) or the answers to the first questions,  get to a course.  

Someone posted on Facebook that the testament to the quality of the course are the people taking it.  There is an amazing group of therapists here in Portland, it's cool and humbling to be apart.  

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