Online Course: The Theory and Practice of Massage and Exercise for Plantar Heel Pain
Get better results for your patients with heel pain using deep friction massage and exercises
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Manual therapy is commonly used by physiotherapists to improve mobility and reduce pain. Myofascial restrictions of the posterior calf muscles have been implicated in the development of plantar heel pain (PHP) as they interfere with both the extensibility and the contractibility of the muscles and fascia, thus impeding optimal functioning. This course investigates manual therapy - the practical component of the treatment of plantar heel pain syndrome (PHPS) - as described in the “new protocol” for the management of PHPS. Manual therapy in the “new protocol” refers to deep friction massage therapy techniques, which are based on the teachings of Dr James Cyriax. After applying these manual techniques, exercises are prescribed to restore the optimal functioning of the muscle. This course follows the lecture on the “Anatomy and Relevant Structures in PHP”. The next course in this series is the “Application of the New Protocol for PHP”.
The purpose of this course is to describe the theory and practice of manual therapy for PHPS as it pertains to the “new protocol”, with specific emphasis on deep friction massage therapy and exercise.
This course is made up of videos, reading, forum posts and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:
- Reading activity
This course is aimed at Physiotherapy and Physical Therapy clinicians, students and assistants. Other interested professionals such as athletic trainers, occupational therapists, nurses or medical doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.
Hours of Learning - No deadlines are applied to this course and it can be started and completed in your own time according to your personal schedule. We expect the required elements to take around 1-1.5 hours depending on your schedule and learning style. Additionally there are many optional resources provided and if you choose to review these the course could take longer to complete.
Types of Activities - Reading Physiopedia pages, journal articles, book chapters. Watching videos. Attempting quizzes. Participating in an international discussion forum.
Certificates - At the end of the course, when you have completed all of the required elements, you will be able to download a certificate of completion and 1 Physioplus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.
Requirements to complete this course
In order to complete this course and receive a course completion certificate plus CEUs/CCUs/CPD points you will need to:
- Respect the Physioplus Community Culture.
- Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
- Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
- Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more.
- Complete a course evaluation form.
At the end of this course you will be able to:
- explain the principles and effects of deep friction massage therapy
- discuss the basic principles of the application of deep friction massage according to Cyriax
- list the posterior calf muscles targeted in the "new protocol" for plantar heel pain syndrome
- discuss the use of exercises for plantar heel pain syndrome
Great course, rich materials, up to date information. Presents a broad spectrum of methods, builds up a solid structure of interventions in texts, and videos, Reliable material, equally good for the beginners, and for those who want to refresh their knowledge in the topic.