Advanced Clinical Diploma in Integrated Myofascial Therapy

MFR UK is pleased to announce the Advanced Clinical Diploma in Integrated Myofascial Therapy.

The first of its kind in the UK, this new diploma will enhance musculoskeletal and myofascial diagnostic and assessment skills, integrate a variety of myofascial rehabilitation approaches with myofascial and neuromuscular therapy, introduce Neurofascial Therapy, developed by MFR UK, as well as increase kinesthetic awareness and palpation skills.

The diploma is suitable for therapists new to MFR and for those wishing to expand their existing skills. The diploma also offers a diversity of training opportunities supported by online theory and video resources.

The diploma totals 14 days of practical training plus 1 skills master class and 1 practical/oral assessment.

It includes-

  • myofascial applications structural series parts 1, 2 and 3, 6 days (2 days each level)
  • myofascial assessment and integration, 2 days (we are working towards making this onlione access)
  • myofascial rehabilitation, 2 days
  • 1 advanced myofascial workshop, either the upper or lower body, 2 days
  • the 3-hour skills master class
  • and any other 2 days of workshops of your choice.

Many therapists will choose to work through the entire diploma in 18-24 months. The diploma certificate will only be awarded to those who have completed the prerequisite workshops, assignments, case studies and practical assessment.

The diploma theory paperwork has been designed to meet the needs of various learning styles all with home study, open book, assignments. There is only a one-time sensitive assignment for the part 1 of the structural series, which must be returned to MFR UK no later than one month after attending the level 1 workshop. All other paperwork can be completed at your leisure but no longer than three years in total from the first workshop attendance.

The 3 hour skills master class provides the student with the opportunity to give and receive MFR to/from a tutor. Only 4-5 students attend at any one time with one tutor allowing ample time to answer questions, enhance therapuetic touch, refine techniques and gain feedback. The master class is a mandatory component of the Diploma however, all students can attend where non-Diploma pathway students pay £80.

Diploma assessment criteria

The diploma totals 14 days (113 hours) of teaching led/guided learning hours and practical training, plus including 1 skills master class and 1 practical and oral assessment.

The diploma also includes 81 guided learning hours of home study theory as part of the ongoing and final assessment processes.

Total learning hours – 194

The theory components comprise of the following-:

  • Part 1 home study assignment and reflective paper, multi choice and written answer questions
  • Part 2
 home study assignment and reflective paper, multi choice and written answer questions
  • Myofascial assessment
 and integration home study assignment and reflective paper, multi choice and written answer questions
  • Part 3
 home study assignment and reflective paper, multi choice and written answer questions
  • Myofascial rehabilitation home study assignment and reflective paper, multi choice and written answer questions
  • Advanced upper or OR lower Body research paper, 2000 words
  • Workshop and skills master class reflective paper, 1500 words
  • A clinical perspective paper of 2000 words
  • 3 case studies, with 2 treatment session each case study with a resume of 1500 words per case study
  • and one 60 minutes practical exam and one 15 minutes oral exam.

Students must have completed all the relevant paperwork before they can take the exam.

With over 10 years of teaching professional myofascial workshops to healthcare professionals, MFR UK has been instrumental in delivering a unique blend of myofascial release approaches suitable for the sports and remedial massage therapist, physiotherapist and for many other hands-on manual therapists. Our workshops offer a wealth of information on the affects of fascial function and dysfunction as well as highly effective myofascial release techniques to resolve pain and create structural change which is both measurable and functional.

Our emphasis has always been on teaching MFR through kinesthetic awareness and practical application. MFR UK workshops offer 80% hands-on learning providing students with the ability to learn by experience which in turn allows them to integrate what they have learned directly into their existing practice.

The new Advanced Clinical Diploma in Integrated Myofascial Therapy incorporates our existing workshops and takes the therapist further into myofascial rehabilitation, functional assessments and the skilful integration of myofascial trigger point therapy, muscle energy techniques with neurofascial release which is a new versatile and effective therapy developed by MFR UK.

As myofascial release grows in popularity, science and research are supporting it as the ‘missing link’ in traditional healthcare. Neurofascial release (NFR) is a therapy born from an accumulation of extensive clinical practice and experience as well as valuable scientific research into the function, anatomy and role in health which fascia plays. NFR can be used as both a clinical technique and as part of a rehabilitation programme. NFR is an exciting new therapy in the fascial field where gentle sustained myofascial techniques are combined with specific isometric fascial loading through a variety of movement patterns facilitated by the therapist. These movements will enhance proprioceptive awareness, provide greater muscular control and permit a smoother and more pain-free pain range of movement.

Muscle energy techniques, soft tissue release and myofascial trigger point therapy are valuable tools for the manual therapist and play an important role in traditional healthcare. Whilst these techniques are techniques in their own right, they lend themselves to being adapted, blended and enhanced with the skilled touch of myofascial release. MFR UK’s new advanced diploma will provide the therapist with both a greater understanding of how these therapies work and also how to integrate them into advanced fascial techniques offering a diversity of fascial approaches and the ability to give bespoke treatments for the care of both acute and chronic pain.

Rehabilitation for chronic pain sufferers is a field of therapy and treatment which is sadly overlooked. Rehabilitation for these clients must be focused, low-intensity movements to increase not only function but also to increase confidence and motivation. Rehabilitation can commence in the early stages of the myofascial treatment session incorporating myofascial stretching, therapy tools, such as foam rolls and exercise bands, and a variety of both free form and controlled movements to enhance fascial tone and fascial glide.

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