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Updates in Fascial Science: Movement and Manual Interventions

presented by Christopher DaPrato, DPT, SCS, CSCS

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Financial: Christopher DaPrato is the owner of a cupping products and continuing education course provider. He also receives compensation from MedBridge for this course.

Nonfinancial: Christopher DaPrato has no competing nonfinancial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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Video Runtime: 55 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 32 Minutes

Fascia is often misinterpreted and taken out of context when treating movement impairments. There are many misconceptions about what is possible when treating the human fascial system with manual therapy or exercise. This course will provide clarity by reviewing the mechanical and neurophysiologic effects of movement and manual therapy on the human fascial system. Practitioners will gain a deeper understanding of how to apply interventions based on myofascial force transmission and fascial gliding properties, steering away from old theories of breaking apart adhesions or fibrosis, to ultimately provide a more knowledgeable approach to patient care.

Learning Objectives
  • Differentiate the terms adhesion, fibrosis, and densification in the human fascial system
  • List the four components of densification in physiology as it relates to connective tissue properties
  • Define the functions of the fibroblast vs the fasciacyte as it relates to mechanical stimulation with movement
  • Recognize the imaging characteristics of myofascial force transmission in MRI research subjects with various ages, genders, and BMIs
  • Adapt the appropriate timing on manual and exercise interventions in the healing stages of tissue inflammation and repair in various demographics in order to facilitate improved patient participation in the plan of care and to improve participation in and performance of meaningful occupations

Meet Your Instructor

Christopher DaPrato, DPT, SCS, CSCS

Dr. DaPrato currently treats professional and NCAA athletes at UC San Francisco and UC Berkeley and teaches in the orthopedic residency program for their school of medicine. He is a strong proponent and educator of manual therapy in sports and has presented evidence-informed practices at conferences, both nationally and internationally. After receiving his BS in…

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

1. Connective Tissue Updates in the Human Fascial System: The Macro and the Micro

Review current updates on the properties of fascia that have the capacity for change and those that are not modifiable with manual therapy. Scar remodeling will be revisited with a new lens of fascial plasticity.

2. Effects of Cup Therapy on the Connective Tissue System

This chapter will expose the learner to novel MRI research, specific parameters of cup therapy tools, and pressure to direct the specificity of the application.

3. Mechanisms Specific to Movement and Manual Therapy

Discussions will revolve around the cellular mechanisms and how to preferentially express various effects of manual therapy and movement. Neurophysiological influences will be reviewed.

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