09/22/2018, Westport - Muscle Energy and Myofascial Release for the Ribcage
Workshop Description: Most of us hear it in our offices a couple of times a month, “I bruised (or broke) my rib, and there’s nothing anyone can do about that. The doctor said give it time.” I use to believe that, too…until someone showed me how to release the muscles of the ribcage, restoring a more normal breathing pattern and function.
Many of the injuries our clients sustain take longer to treat because the importance of the ribcage is not understood and therefore not adequately addressed. If these tightnesses are left untreated, it can lead to many symptoms, including those involving the chest, head and extremities, just to name a few. I see it all the time in my office.
In this practical 7 contact hour class, Joe will share why the muscles of the ribcage are no different than the other muscles we treat each day, why it is so important for the ribcage to be assessed in each of our patients, what happens when your client gets the “wind knocked out” of them and how to assess and treat the muscles around the ribcage when they are in spasm.
This is so important with every client, but is critical with those that have a history of trauma to any part of the chest or thoracic spine (ie. seatbelt injuries, steering wheel vs. sternum, etc.). Additionally, the respiratory muscles and the respiratory diaphragm are often the culprit in unresolving neck and low back pain. Through PowerPoint, course manual, models and bones, demonstrations, patient histories and supervised hands-on practice, you will learn the normal movement of the ribcage with respiration, evaluate and discern which muscle is maintaining the key restriction in the ribcage and effectively release that muscle with Muscle Energy Technique and Myofascial Release. Begin or continue your study of the ribcage, which so often is the missing link for many of our clients.
This class is appropriate for all levels of experience, from beginner to advanced.
Date: Saturday, September 22, 2018
Time: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Cortiva Institute - Westport Campus
25 Sylvan Road South
Westport, Connecticut 06880
CE Credits: 7
Instructor: Joe Belanger
Joe Belanger, PT is a 1990 graduate of Quinnipiac University. He has been practicing holistic manual therapy for the last 24 years and offers his services at Belanger Physical Therapy, LLC in Portland, CT.
After treating patients for a short time, it became clear that there did not seem to be many supportive answers for patients’ questions regarding why they had certain conditions and how to help them. Hearing and seeing how manual therapy could help lessen and/or resolve many complaints that were thought “unresolvable”, he began studying and searching so that his hands could feel what the body was trying to communicate.
He grew to believe that a person has inside himself all that they need in order to heal; they just need some help in accessing it, if they choose. Joe has presented many manual therapy and holistic healthcare workshops in the U.S., Canada and Greece to a variety of practitioners in the healing arts. His love of sharing his experiences with others is quite evident in his presentation style. In his practice he treats infants through the “very wise” with a wide variety of diagnoses.
Joe is a true believer in the connection among body, mind and spirit and incorporates this into his treatment philosophy and practice. He supports his patients using manual therapy techniques, energy modalities, home exercises and an invitation for his patients to experience more of who they truly are.
What to Bring: Massage linens