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Spontaneous Muscle Release Technique Lower Extremities

Course Description: SMRT: Lower Extremities live class or video course will help you to work the thighs, knees, lower legs, ankles, and feet. You will learn to successfully work with:

  • Hypertonic IT bands
  • Femur head imbalances
  • Knee pain and inflammation
  • Chondromalacia Patella
  • Shin splints and muscle cramps
  • Lymphedema in the lower leg
  • Ankle immobilization
  • Overpronation or oversupination of the foot
  • Plantar Fasciitis, bunions, and tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • And more

SMRT is a positional release modality. The principles of SMRT are similar to Strain Counterstrain and PRT. When we use SMRT, we move the tissue or body part into a position of ease or comfort. In other words, if tissue is shortened, we shorten it further.  What we believe is happening when we do passively move tissue into its existing pattern is described in a theory called Proprioceptive Theory.

Proprioceptive Theory states, in simple terms, that when tissue is in a dysfunctional pattern there is an imbalance in activity between the golgi tendon organs and the muscle spindle cells that leaves the muscle spindle cells more sensitive.  This sensitivity leads to increased restriction and sustained contraction.  SMRT positions decrease muscle spindle cell activity and restore length to shortened tissues.

What is the benefit of SMRT for practitioners?

  • faster results, we hold SMRT positions for 20 to 45 seconds
  • easy on the therapist, positions should be done in a small, slow, controlled fashion.
  • little to no pain for the client
  • effective, lasting treatments

Clients receiving SMRT treatments have reported the following:

  • that SMRT positions are incredibly relaxing giving them a feeling of euphoria
  • that they feel like the smallest movements are working deep within their body
  • reduction in pain while the position is being held
  • decreased inflammation, typically after one or two positions
  • increased movement when the session is over
  • results that last longer then other therapies they have experienced

Where should you begin your SMRT courses?

There are 5 courses in our basic series. They are SMRT: Head & Neck (with or without Cranial Sacral Therapy); SMRT: Arm & Hand; SMRT: Shoulder, Axilla, Ribcage, & Upper Back; SMRT: Hips, Lower Back, & Abdomen; and SMRT: Lower Extremities. You may begin your SMRT training with any of these classes either live or through video.

You are on the page for SMRT: Lower Extremities. This course will teach you to work with all of the tissues in the thigh, knee, lower leg, ankle, and foot to balance the muscle tone, alleviate or reduce pain, increase ROM, and much more.

More Benefits of Spontaneous Muscle Release Technique:

  • Gets you into deep tissues, quickly and painlessly, without “digging deep.”
  • Is extremely specific, giving you the ability to target even individual fibers within a muscle.
  • Addresses structures beyond muscles; including, ligaments, tendons, and fascia.
  • Is easy on your body.
  • Is safe and effective for many otherwise contraindicated clients and conditions.
  • Keeps your knowledge of anatomy fresh and working for you.
  • Allows you to work in areas inaccessible to palpation (pelvic floor, inter-cranial tissues, joint interiors).
  • Resets the neutral point between muscle spindle cells and golgi tendon organs.
  • Resolves trigger points painlessly.
  • Takes you to a new therapeutic level.
  • Enhances all other modalities.

Benefits of DVD’s and Digital Downloads:

  • Save the travel and tuition money of attending a class.
  • No time off required to attend the class.
  • Ability to review the demonstrations as often as needed.
  • Control of how and when you learn the information.
  • Convenience of being able to watch and follow the DVD with the client on the table.

Live seminar (which is a combination of SMRT: thigh & knee and SMRT: lower leg & foot) is NCBTMB approved (this means it is approved in all states that accept NCBTMB approved courses, which is most states), as well as NY sponsored and AR approved, for 24 CE’s.

Video course is NCBTMB approved, as well as NY sponsored, for 10 CE’s. Check your state regulations to see how many CE’s you can receive for technique classes done by home study. This video course is available on Full Circle’s streaming subscription service. Information is as follows:

Videos, Books, Slides, Vlogs, and more are on Full Circle’s subscription service.

Basic subscription will include:

1) all SMRT basic videos and textbooks, including head & neck; arm & hand; shoulder, axilla, ribcage, & upper back; hips, lower back, & abdomen; and lower extremities.

2) CEs for all video classes listed above.

3) basic SMRT textbooks may be downloaded one time. Videos cannot be downloaded.

4) shorter videos on individual SMRT moves (these videos do not carry CEs).

5) anatomy videos (these videos do not carry CEs).

6) movement videos (these videos do not carry CEs).

7) short vlogs about clients, specific issues, specific areas of the body, and anything else we think we want to add.

Advanced subscription will include:

1) everything in the basic subscription.

2) all advanced SMRT videos and workbooks, including advanced head & neck; advanced arm & hand; advanced shoulder, axilla, ribcage, & upper back; advanced hips, lower back, & abdomen; and advanced lower extremities.

3) 11 in depth, advanced assessment classes and slides for each class.

4) advanced SMRT workbooks and slides for assessment classes may be downloaded once. Videos cannot be downloaded.

5) CEs for all videos in 2) and 3).

6) additional advanced content videos and vlogs (these do not carry CEs).

7) and anything else we think will help you understand and treat clients, family, and/or yourself.

Subscriptions may be canceled at any time. If you cancel in the middle of a month that has been paid for, no refund will be made. Periodically, we will sell a limited number of lifetime memberships.

 

 

What People are Saying About this Course

Evaluation Comments from Lower Extremities Courses in 2019:

Participants share what they liked best about the Lower Extremities Class:

“I like how effective SMRT seems to be and can be modified for anyone.”

“Our instructor, Kathy, and her TA, Alice, did an outstanding job on teaching with different styles so everyone could understand the material provided.”

“The instruction was concise and even though it was jam packed w/ info that take time to learn better and be more comfortable with, I feel like I have a complete picture.  Nothing could have been left out.”

“Everything!  Dawn is such a wealth of information and is extremely good at making it all understandable!”

“Attentiveness of the instructors.  Dawn has to be the best teacher I have ever had and her technique, SMRT, is the best tool I have.”

“Patti is phenomenal.  I loved the detailed anatomy but yet very simplistic approach to muscle releases.”

“The results! After I got out of my head and saw the results from the exchanges of working on each other were awesome, I was hooked!”