Participants will learn to evaluate musculoskeletal dysfunctions with specific reference to the human fascial system, and to apply the Fascial Manipulation method as taught by Luigi Stecco, PT. Lectures include the anatomy and physiology of the fascial system, an explanation of the biomechanical model used in application of this technique, and the anatomical localization of key fascial points. Emphasis will be placed on the evaluation of musculoskeletal dysfunctions (from history taking, to a hypothesis, to a verification and treatment) together with a methodology and strategy for treatment.
The FM-I: Level I Fascial Manipulation course usually consists of two three-day courses that need to be taken within 4-6 weeks of each other to assure a good understanding of the underlying biomechanical rationale and for mastery of the techniques.
Course FM-Ia will review the basic principles of Fascial Manipulation, including an introduction to fascial anatomy, physiology, and the biomechanical model employed in this method. The myofascial units that form the myofascial sequences of the upper limbs, trunk, and the lower limbs in the sagittal and frontal planes will be presented. The Assessment Chart used in Fascial Manipulation© will be reviewed in detail.
Course FM-Ib will consist of the the assessment and treatment of the myofascial units for the upper limbs, trunk, and the lower limbs in the horizontal plane. At the completion of FM-Ib all participants will be capable of utilizing the Assessment Chart for a 3D examination of the human fascial system. Proficiency in the comparative examination of Centres of Coordination will be stressed, as well as streamlining of treatment strategies.
Each day will begin at 8:30 am and finish around 6:00 pm. Each level will conclude with an examination to appraise the level of understanding and skill level.
FM Level I Course Objective
The primary objective is to develop an understanding of the Centres of Coordination (CC) that are responsible for the normal function of related monoarticular and biarticular muscles. By the end of the course, clinicians will:
• Learn anatomy and physiology of the fascial system.
• Learn how to evaluate myofascial planes: upper and lower extremities, spine.
• Determine functional testing of areas of complaint.
• Develop skill and understanding to assess abnormal functional findings with fascial points of involvement to restore normal function.
Instructor: Cheryl Megalos PT
Cheryl completed her Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of British Columbia, in 1994. She has had ongoing training in manipulative therapy through the Canadian Physiotherapy Association commenced after graduation, and she received her (RCAMT) designation in 2002. After instruction in Intramuscular Stimulation with Dr Chan Gunn (GIMS), she became certified to practise IMS in 2007. Fascial Manipulation became a clinical interest in 2010, and she started her training in Thiene, Italy in June 2010. Cheryl has taken the Level I, II, and III courses, dealing with musculoskeletal assessment and treatment, from September 2010 to June 2015, when she participated in Fascial Manipulation for Internal Dysfunction for a second time and acquired her teacher's certification. While in Italy she has had the pleasure and honour of learning from the "Family Stecco:" Luigi Stecco PT; Dr Carla Stecco MD; and Dr Antonio Stecco MD. Currently, she is teaching Fascial Manipulation workshops and Level I and II courses.
Vancouver College of Massage Therapy
300 - 1050 West Pender Street
Vancouver BC V6E 3S7