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  Positional Release Therapy of the Upper Quadrant (PRTUQ)

This module introduces you to the osteopathic concept of Positional Release Therapy, which was developed by Dr. Lawrence Jones, D.O., (Strain and Counterstrain).  This technique aids in the evaluation and treatment of somatic dysfunctions.  Dr. Jones spent well over thirty years developing this concept through clinical trials.  This course will teach you how to evaluate the cranium, cervical spine, thoracic spine, ribs, lumbar spine, shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand for protective muscle spasm.  You will learn to find protective muscle spasm through the palpation of tender points. You will chart the tender points you have found on a upper quadrant scanning evaluation sheet and prioritize your findings using the general rules.  The most severe tender point is treated by placing the person’s body or body part into a position of greater comfort thereby relieving the tender point, pain, joint hypomobility, fascial tension, and protective muscle spasm.  This technique alleviate both articular and soft tissue dysfunctions in the body, thus restoring proper pain-free movement.  This technique is useful in the treatment of both spinal and peripheral orthopedic problems. You will see immediate changes in the patient’s pain level and functional ability.  This is mostly a hands-on workshop course.  We do provide a manual and reference sheets for you to take home for future study. The focus of this course is to teach techniques that are unique to PRT regarding evaluation, prioritizing findings and treatment of muscle guarding.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

·Understand the history, principles, and neuromuscular basis of Positional Release Therapy
·Conduct a thorough Positional Release Therapy evaluation for the cervical spine, thoracic spine, ribs, and upper extremities.                                                 
·Chart your results and formulate a treatment plan.
· Perform Positional Release Therapy treatment techniques on common joint dysfunction evaluated in the seminar.   
·Understand the clinical importance of Positional Release Therapy and the treatment of joint and muscular skeletal dysfunctions

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