Myofascial Release & Other Manual Techniques in Dysphagia Management

July 23-24, 2022
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM Saturday

8:00 AM - 2:30 PM Sunday



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Course Description

This interactive two-day workshop for rehabilitation teams will address evaluation and current treatment techniques appropriate for soft tissue and joint limitations that contribute to an abnormal swallow. The lecture reviews muscular and fascial anatomy tying kinesiology into a discussion that relates specific soft tissue mobilization techniques appropriate to improving all stages of the swallow; oropharyngeal, hypopharyngeal and pharyngesophageal. A thorough discussion will relate the impact of scar tissue formation and immobility on mechanical and neurological aspects of the functional swallow. Interpretation of common pathology and symptomatology on both bedside exam and MBS review are introduced.

Additional course objectives include postural impairment, functional anatomy and biomechanics of the temporomandibular joint with an informative and focused laboratory component providing OTs, PTs and SLPs with basic practical skills in palpation, seating and positioning and soft tissue assessment and mobilization as it pertains to dysphagia in clinical practice.

The majority of this course will be in functional, hands-on application with frequent case study discussion to identify impairments and exemplify the use of manual therapy through myofascial release techniques. The emphasis of this practical seminar is placed on the relationship of soft tissue and joint articulations whereby applying theory to practical intervention with manual therapy adds a whole new dimension to patient care.

Pediatric Therapists: This course presents the anatomy and kinesiology of a normal adult swallow and labs evaluate and treat dysfunction. The pediatric swallow is, as you know, different than the adult and this class is taught with the adult in mind. However, many pediatric therapists have taken the course and used the techniques with the little guys.

PREREQUISITE: Course registrants must successfully complete the 4 hour online Anatomy of Swallowing course prior to attending the live Myofascial Release course so it is fresh in your mind. The online Anatomy of Swallowing course will be added to your cart at no additional charge when registering for the live Myofascial Release course.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Review the anatomy and physiology pertaining to myofascia specific to deglutition and discuss the kinesiology of a successful swallow
  • Explain abnormal pathophysiology and myofascial restrictions as they relate to dysphagia; radiation fibrosis, surgical scarring, tracheostomy, etc.
  • Describe consequences of muscular and soft tissue dysfunction and their effects on swallowing; spasticity, imbalance, etc.
  • Discuss the indications, precautions and contraindications for myofascial mobilization in the context of dysphagia
  • Identify postural dysfunction and complications as they relate to dysphagia
  • Demonstrate evaluation and basic mobilization skills and modifications for intra- and extra-oral soft tissue, hyolaryngeal motion and postural dysfunction
  • Identify and relate the significance of myofascial pain in trigger points to deglutition and apply specific manual techniques in approach to treatment
  • Describe basic structure and dysfunction in the temporomandibular joint with specific application to trismus and mastication
  • Identify a proper treatment approach utilizing manual techniques through multiple case study based on the significant findings in evaluation
  • Discuss appropriate documentation and reimbursement issues

About the Instructor



Day One

07:30-08:00 Course Registration & Sign-in/Breakfast
08:00-08:15 Introductions and program overview

08:15-10:00 Anatomy Refresher & Kinesiology of Deglutition

10:00-10:30 Review Normal & Abnormal Swallow, Dysphagia Problem Set

10:30-10:45 BREAK

10:45-11:00 Laboratory: Palpation & Myofascial Assessment

11:00-12:00 Normal & Abnormal Physiology of the Myofascial System; Dysphagia Focus


12:00-01:00 LUNCH
01:00-03:00 Laboratory: Myofascial Assessment & Techniques of the Anterior Neck & Oral Cavity

03:30-03:15 BREAK

03:15-03:30 Special Topics: Salivation & Lymphatics

03:30-04:00 Laboratory: Enhancing Salivation

04:00-04:30 Case Study; Incorporating Manual Therapy into Dysphagia Treatment; Questions & Closing Comments


Day Two

07:30-08:00 Course Sign-in/Breakfast

08:00-09:00 Postural Dysfunction & its Influence on Swallowing with MBS Review

09:00-09:15 Laboratory: Palpation Posterior Cervical, Thoracic & Shoulder Girdle

09:15-09:30 Anatomy & Biomechanics of the TMJ & Cervical Spine

09:30-10:00 Laboratory: Gentle Mobilization of the TMJ, Dysphagia Focus
10:00-10:15 BREAK

10:15-12:00 Laboratory: Myofascial Assessment & Techniques for Seated Positioning

12:00-01:00 LUNCH
01:00-01:30 Muscular Trigger Points & Myofascial Pain Syndrome, Dysphagia Focus

01:30-02:00 Laboratory: Myofascial Assessment & Trigger Point Release

02:00-02:15 Case Study Incorporating Manual Therapy into Dysphagia Treatment

02:15-02:30 Topics in Documentation, Successful Goal Setting & Reimbursement: Questions & Closing Comments


Texas Children's Hospital Feigin Center

1st Floor Conference Room A
1102 Bates Street
Houston, TX 77030

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Who Should Attend

This course is applicable for PTs, PTAs, OTs, OTAs, and SLPs


12 contact hours or CCU's.