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  Integrated Systems Evaluation Level I
This module has been designed to review key concepts from the previous 10 courses. Muscle Energy Techniques (Joints), Positional Release Therapy (Muscle spasm), Fascial Release Techniques Level I to IV (Fascial Scar Tissue) Lymphatic Drainage (Swelling) and Structural Integrity Exercise Therapy. Once you have learned the manual and exercise therapy techniques, our attention will be focused on improving your evaluation skills and coordinating the entire system. It is not enough to know the techniques--you need to know where to begin. The focus of this course is to improve your palpation skills and feel lesions in the body. You will learn to evaluate lesions in the body in five body regions. Within each body region there will be a dominant lesion (an area of greatest tension). When we compare the dominant lesion in each of the five regions of the body there will be a primary lesion (The area of greatest tension). Once we find this primary region of the body you will learn to perform specific tests to determine if there is any protective muscle spasm, fascial scar tissue, joint hypomobility, intraosseous rigidity, energy stagnation, emotional issues and/or swelling. There is a tendency to treat the patient’s symptoms locally, at the site of pain. This is done using our preferred form of treatment (i.e. modalities, manual and/or exercise therapy) instead of searching for the source of their pain. It is well known that several patients can have the same location of symptoms (i.e. back or shoulder pain) yet have different causes for the pain. As therapists, we need to be complete in our evaluations. We should be able to evaluate and treat the affected muscles, joints, bone, fascia and swelling in the body. This course will teach you to evaluate the whole body biomechanically and find the area of greatest tension. You will learn to design a specific local and global treatment plan for each patient that will effectively deal with their pain and dysfunction.

Course Objectives:

•  Improve your palpation and evaluation skills with muscle, fascia, bone, joint and swelling
•  Learn to conduct a thorough full body evaluation
•  Learn the difference between a lesion, dominant lesion and primary lesion
•  Perform a differential diagnosis at the primary lesion to determine if the problem is muscle spasm, fascial scar tissue, joint hypomobility, intraosseous rigidity and or swelling.
•  Discuss the integration and sequencing of the various techniques
•  Learn to design a specific treatment plan for your patient.
Course Objectives
•  Understand the principles of structural alignment and how inactivity, dysfunction and compensation play a role.
•  Perform tri-planar postural evaluations and document the results.
•  Design and sequence an individualized exercise program for your patients to complement their manual therapy treatment.
•  To be able to instruct exercises, using the proper biomechanics, to your patients, that address specific somatic dysfunctions.
•  Understand the appropriateness of when to integrate exercise with manual therapy
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