Educational course of deep tissue massage and myofascial release techniques for SAMK physiotherapy students
Kopacz, Natalia (2010)
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The purpose of the thesis was to create an educational course of Deep Tissue Massage and Myofascial Release Techniques for SAMK physiotherapy students. The theoretical part of the course covers introduction to the notion of Fascia (anatomy, physiology and pathology) together with main principles of Myofascial Release, and familiarizes students with various Myofascial Release methods practised worldwide. The main, practical part of the course is dedicated to learn and develop manual skills in applying selected techniques of Deep Tissue Massage and Myofascial Release adequately to clients’ needs and feedback. A literature search was conducted from Science Direct, PubMed and Ebsco databases to gather the latest updated evidence-based knowledge concerning Fascia and Myofascial Release. Among 150 articles found, 70 were selected as suitable references. Most of the authors revealed the need for the further research in this field. The implementation of the course was successful, positive and constructive feedback was received. There were 16 students participating in both days of the course. The course developed manual skills, introduced new massage techniques and patient positioning, and increased the awareness of the importance and great effects deriving from deep bodywork.