Clinical Gait I:
Intensive Lower Extremity Integration into Gait Cycle 

On Demand Video
PDF Class Notebook
18 CEUs
$650

Course Description:

This course (series) will utilize the allopathic portrayal of gait as a template to reconcile with the osteopathic approach to gait. We will elucidate how the allopathic, lab-equipment based approach to gait gives us insight into how and why we treat osteopathically. In that elucidation, we hope to provide a deeper understanding of our current, osteopathic approach but also broaden the "why" and "when" we apply certain techniques. That is, we will use allopathic measurements and more rigid definitions of gait to decipher somatic dysfunction that we may readily treat with manual techniques. 

Application of the biomechanical model to lower extremity joint function will be used to examine and treat, while recognizing that each joint has both “major” and “minor” motions that are distinct to the structure and function of that joint. These joint motions being adapted for an optimal balance between flexibility and stability.

Major motions of the lower extremity joints are easily recognized by the casual observer but minor motions are often not voluntarily reproducible or visually observable in isolation and must be assessed with “end-feel” palpation.

The evaluation skills of the first class will focus on the assessment of “minor motion” of the lower extremity joints, since it is often the minor motion of the joint that is responsible for somatic dysfunction. Often the failure to address the lack of minor motion of a joint with appropriate osteopathic-based manual therapy (OMT) leads to failure in fully restoring joint motion and returning the patient to full function.

Additional evaluation and assessment will include identification of fascial plane restrictions and common muscle imbalances and inhibitory patterns found in the lower extremity and hip-girdle complex.

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