A Neurofascial Approach to Back Pain
Persistent back pain can be elusive and confusing to work with as a Practitioner; it can be frustrating, scary and even debilitating to experience. This class will introduce and develop some of the latest findings in the world of back pain research as well as explore detailed hands-on and movement approaches that will be immediately applicable into practice. We will consider the various neuro-fascial relationships as they relate to motion restrictions, postural/movement patterns and the psycho-social impacts of living with back pain. With a more diverse knowledge base and skill-set, Practitioners will be able to offer more effective sessions resulting in improved recovery times, relief from stubborn bracing and deeply held tension patterns, and coping resources for flare-ups.
We will cover topics like:
- How to make clinical sense of what you see and feel in clients with back pain.
- Basic concepts of what drives posture, movement, and pain.
- General anatomy and palpation of the spine-ribs and hip-low back-sacrum regions - with an extra focus on neurofascial anatomy.
- Neurofascial techniques (ranging from deep to gentle) to release tissue restrictions, change postural patterns and to relieve common back pain complaints.
- Interactive approaches to connect and relate with clients’ sensory worlds while performing interventions.
- How to optimize our therapeutic alliance - practitioner’s presence and relatability while ensuring relevance and value of our techniques for clients.
Michael’s first introduction to Rolfing came as a client, when seeking help with a series of sports injuries and improvement of moderate scoliosis. His interest in the body began early as a result of these ailments and he began his college years on track to become a physical therapist. After experiencing the power of Rolfing as a client in Boulder during his early twenties, Michael shifted gears and quickly enrolled at The Rolf Institute® in 1998. Immediately following his graduation in 1999, he was invited to re-enter the classroom as a teaching assistant and has been involved with teaching in Rolfing and Continuing Education classes ever since.
After almost 20 years of study, Michael still has the same beginner’s excitement when it comes to exploring the art, science, theory, and practice of Rolfing. Through consistent study and continuing education classes with Rolfers, as well as with Physical Therapists, Chiropractors, Psychotherapists, and Movement/Rehab experts, Michael learns more about what is possible with this work each year. His enthusiastic curiosity of how people (and their bodies behave) fuels his passion for understanding how anatomy, physiology, movement, posture, pain, and healing potential all come together with this work.