Neural and biomechanical integration of the lower extremity, hip, pelvis and lumbar spine into the gait cycle requires detailed knowledge of the anatomy, physiology, neurology, embryology and dynamic force relationships of these various structures. This course provides the participant with an extensive knowledge of these areas as well as the intricacies of dysfunction of the lower extremity as it relates to lumbopelvic dysfunction.
The lumbopelvic joints, ligaments, muscles, fascia, vascular and neural components will be discussed from embryological, vertebral, biomechanical and arthrokinematic standpoints. Assessment and treatment will include Muscle Energy Techniques, Joint Mobilization, Travell concepts, and Myofascial Techniques employed and demonstrated in laboratory session.
Pain is the top reason patients seek treatment. Most pain is not due to acute trauma which poses a problem for the current medical system approach. To successfully treat non-acute onset of pain can be difficult. A deep understanding of the neurological and biomechanical interaction of the lumbopelvis and lower extremity such as occurs in gait must be used as a toll to understand the functional and dysfunctional interaction of these areas.
The lumbopelvis contains the lumbar spine, iliosacral joint, sacrococcygeal joint, sacroiliac joint, and hip, which make it an area of complexity and interrelated dysfunction that can be difficult to fully treat. Couple this area of complex function with its dynamic force relationship to the lower extremity and it is easy to see why lasting success is hard to attain in treatment. This class details the specific relationships of the lower extremity to the lumbopelvis and the acute and chronic conditions that lead to pelvic obliquity, especially those that are resistant to correction, and how to manually treat and develop an effective home program for the biomechanical pelvis.
This class will provide the practitioner the ability to mechanically assess / observe the patient's movement competence through clinical tests and develop an appropriate manual treatment regimen to optimize and improve that patient's relevant lack of range of motion and aberrant motor programming to return to full function.
Instructor: Neal O'Neal, PT, Owner of Pursuit Physical Therapy