Dr Carl Ridgeway
The Thoracic Spine: “Let’s twist again”
This presentation will include practical assessment and treatment options for the Thoracic spine – particular emphasis on spinal rotation.
This will include:
- Functional anatomy of the thoracic spine
- Common dysfunctions and injuries
- Assessment of thoracic spine rotations
- Possible soft tissue management of the spine
Functional Release Cupping
The Functional Release Cupping presentation will introduce the audience to the concepts required to achieve immediate and profound change in range of motion with this technique.
- Overview of the theories underpinning FRC.
- Demonstration of the protocols for FRC application
- Real life demonstration of FRC applied for a dysfunction
- Pre and post testing protocols to measure change/results
Complex Shoulder & Upper limb pain: Integrated Orthopaedic & Myofascial pain diagnosis & treatment
Specific assessment and treatment techniques will be demonstrated to enable participants to develop a streamlined assessment protocol to identify the myofascial pain component within a standard orthopaedic diagnosis.
Additionally specific soft tissue manipulative techniques as well as advanced dry needling techniques of the shoulder and chest wall will be demonstrated.
The High Performance Hip
–Altered Reciprocal Inhibition (ARI) protocol, The Athlete’s Hip.
The HP Hip Treatment technique is a unique Soft Tissue Therapy Based Protocol developed to aid in unlocking the key restrictions in common altered movement pattern syndromes seen in Hip joint dysfunction. Three altered movement patterns have been identified and the treatment protocols are aimed at unlocking the three Altered Movement Patterns commonly seen in the athletes’ hip.
“….It was whilst working at the London Olympics that this particular example of
restriction / overload was most evident to me. Some of athletes would present with
symptoms of lateral hip pain, non-specific bilateral lower back pain / stiffness and
insentient hamstring tightness, on palpation excessive tension and sensitivity to the
gluteus medius / minmus, consistent with chronic overloading, treatment to lower
back tissues these areas were short lived. It became an ongoing cycle with continued
overload and restriction. However, once I starting assessing passive hip abduction,
extension, internal rotation range of movement, there was a common pattern…..” ©
Dr Peter Brukner
Soft Tissue Injury: Does it matter what we eat?
In recent years there has been increasing interest in the relationship between nutrition and injury.
Inflammation is a key component of soft tissue abnormalities and there is evidence that certain foods such as sugar, processed carbohydrates, hydrogenated seed oils and dairy may be important factors in producing inflammation.
The role of dietary manipulation is conditions such as the various types of arthritis and tendinopathy is currently being explored. Similarly the role of pro-inflammatory foods in post-exercise muscle damage is of considerable interest with suggestions that diet may be able to affect this.
Abnormalities of lipid metabolism, and insulin resistance have been proposed as risk factors for musculoskeletal disorders.
What does all this mean for the soft tissue therapist and what advice should we be giving our patients?