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Foundations in Myofascial Release Seminars

-Science-Informed Manual Therapy Education-

Welcome to Foundations Seminars. Here you can read about the science-based approach to treatment that the Foundations Approach utilizes. All myofascial release (MFR) training seems to come with its own science that it uses for validation, but does the science make sense? Many seem to be more of a story and actual fact. The “science stories” I tell at my seminars are simple ones which can be validated by those outside the myofascial release circle. I talk about the Foundations Approach Story through this website and the blog, so feel free to read up and ask questions. I continue to use the words, “myofascial release” in describing the hands-on work I use daily in my practice and the work I teach, as it visually represents the work I’ve done with my hands for over 25 years. The difference now is that I no longer believe it is the fascia that is the primary target of our therapy. I believe that there are better, more accurate ways to explain the effects of myofascial release treatment. To me,  MFR is less about the folkloric stories told about fascia and more about the very effective hands-on work that has served my patients and I well over these many years. Read on to see if you agree.

“My work is called Myofascial Release due to the style of engagement that most resembles traditional gentle, sustained myofascial release treatment. I no longer believe that I am able to singularly and selectively target fascia (connective tissue) beneath the skin to the exclusion of all other tissues, as many in the myofascial release field believe. Having a broader, more scientifically plausible explanation allows the consideration of many more factors to influence our interventions.” Walt Fritz, PT 

The 2017-2018 class schedule is being constantly updated, as well as new locations added for the very popular Foundations in Myofascial Release Seminar for Neck, Voice, and Swallowing Disorders™.

If you are new to myofascial release education, whether for the speech language pathologist patient population or any of the other manual therapy populations, you are in the right place. If, however, you’ve been exposed to MFR in the past and are not comfortable with the mystical approach surrounding some schools of myofascial release, you are not alone. As I travel and teach my seminars I encounter more and more therapists who have been turned off by approaches to myofascial release that rely more on apparent mystical explanations than simple and acceptable scientific models of explanation. Mysticism may have a place, but not in the professional therapy professions. Look to the future and explore the Foundations Approach. You will also not find a multi-course tiered seminar format in the Foundations Approach. We are well educated licensed health professionals with a solid background in science and the physical arts. I feel that good continuing education should simply give you new ways to utilize your existing knowledge, as well as deepen certain aspects of it, and then turn you loose to practice and flourish. Taking additional training can be helpful, but I do not believe in necessary. I respect your knowledge and look to provide you with the necessary tools to begin to utilize MFR from day one.

Walt Fritz, PT

“We need a means to help. Some use exercise, others manual therapy, others a verbal engagement approach. All can be helpful, though our patient’s beliefs and preferences may play a larger role than what “tool” we choose. To me, myofascial release is my tool to reach people. In my seminar(s) you will be challenged to think about the work you do in different ways, not only in what we are targeting, but also how we are promoting change. Traditional views of myofascial release, and other manual therapies, will be addressed and deconstructed with a new model then built, one which allows possibility for change from pain science, neurological, and autonomic means as well as potential soft-tissue change. Despite decades of claims for definitive explanations of the actions of our touch, little has been completely vetted. The Foundations Approach looks at credible evidence and science to build a simple, plausible narrative and immediately apply it to evaluation and intervention.”

Scattered throughout this website is a wealth of information for the therapist and other interested professionals:

 

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Walt Fritz, PT

Walt is a physical therapist (SUNY Buffalo, 1985), who teaches internationally to audiences of massage therapists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, chiropractors, athletic trainers, and speech-language pathologists. He operates the Pain Relief Center in Rochester, NY, where he sees patients from around the country.

Past Presentations of Note:
– 2013: Chicago, IL. Listening with your Hands: Myofascial Release for Speech-Language Pathologists, co-presented with Benjamin Asher, MD
– 2013: Rochester, NY. University of Rochester
– 2015: San Diego, CA. Scripps Memorial Hospital, La Jolla
– 2015: Chicago, IL. Northshore Hospital, Chicago, IL
– 2015: Baltimore, MD. Focus on Myofascial Release for Head and Neck Disorders™ for Speech
Pathologists: Voice, Speech and Swallowing. One-day seminar presented as part of the Greater Baltimore Medical Center and The Milton J. Dance, Jr. Head & Neck Center 18th Annual Head and Neck Conference: Focus on Rehabilitation- – 2016: Charlotte, NC. Charlotte Eye Ear Nose & Throat Associates
– 2015: Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada, Natural Health Practitioners of Canada 2016 Conference
– 2016: New Westminster, British Columbia Canada. Registered Massage Therapists’ Association of British Columbia: 2016 Manual Therapy Conference, An Interdisciplinary Approach to the Science and Practice. Keynote address: “Research Can Change Your Approach to Assessment and Treatment and Assist your Evolution as a Health Care Professional” and workshop.
– 2016: Milwaukee, WI. Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital
– 2016: Houston, TX. North Cypress Medical Center
– 2016: Buffalo, NY. Partners in Rehab and Mercy Hospital
– 2016: Massachusetts Eye and Ear, a Harvard Teaching Hospital.
– 2017: Scottsdale, AZ. Mayo Clinic
– 2017: Chicago Institute for Voice Care at the University of IL-Chicago
– 2017: Sanford Health, Sioux Falls, SD.
– 2017: Philadelphia, PA. 46th Annual Symposium: Care of the Professional Voice at The Voice Foundation’s 46th Annual Symposium: Care of the Professional Voice. An Introduction to Myofascial Release for Vocal Dysfunction
– 2017: University of Southern California, Keck Medical Campus
– 2017: 10th Annual Canadian Massage Conference, workshop and keynote talk: “Moving myofascial release forward into more plausible narratives”
– 2017: 1st Cerebral Palsy, Belleville, NJ
– 2006-Present: Over 100 full length hands-on seminar presented in the US, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Jamaica.

 

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