Title: CranioStructural Integration: Chronic Cranial Pattern Releases
October 7-8th 2021, Opole, Poland
January 15-16th, 2021, Horseheads Comprehensive Physical Therapy, P.C., 2758 Westinghouse Road, Horseheads, NY 14845
Instructors: Michal Niedzielski, PT, PRC (US and Poland Courses); Flo Barber-Hancock, LMT, PhD (US Courses)
Total CE hours: 16
Prerequisites: CSF-1, CSF-2
Program Description:

The typical human body is asymmetrical in both structure and function. Contributing significantly to these asymmetries is the almost universally presence of two chronic cranial patterns: a Right Torsion and a Left Lateral Strain. Each pattern involves all of the cranial bones and their soft-tissue holding elements, and each pattern also produces global musculoskeletal compensation.

CranioStructural Integration (CSI) is a cranial approach to treating chronic musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction. The techniques presented in this workshop have been designed to release chronic cranial patterns, particularly the Right Torsion and Left Lateral Strain patterns. The CSI techniques eliminate these chronic patterns by releasing cranial soft-tissue holding elements, which are limiting cranial motion and perpetuating both the chronic cranial patterns and their related compensatory musculoskeletal patterns. CSI techniques produce immediate and predictable improvements in muscle function and posture, which can be demonstrated by manual muscle testing, palpation, observation, and/or ROM evaluations. These results are generally long lasting and the techniques do not need to be repeated.

Elimination of the chronic Right Torsion and the Left Lateral Strain by CSI procedures may also provide immediate and long lasting relief for some of the chronic Sacro Occipital Technique (SOT) Categories 1, 2 and 3 patterns described in Sacro Occipital literature and the Common Compensatory Pattern (CCP) described by Zink and Lawson in osteopathic literature.

The CSI workshop builds on the knowledge and skills acquired in the prerequisite workshops, and on the subsequent experience participants have developed in practical clinical application of those techniques. In addition to developing the skills to treat their own patients, all participants experience the benefits of CSI firsthand as recipients of the procedures in the workshop setting.

Program Objectives:
At the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Explain the concepts that support compensatory musculoskeletal patterns.
  2. Describe the differences between ascending versus descending compensatory patterns.
  3. Explain the concepts that support the presence of Primary Cranial Patterns.
  4. State 2 functional reasons that support the long-term effectiveness of the CSI protocol.
  5. Demonstrate identification of the two major Primary Cranial Patterns using AK manual muscle testing procedures for three muscles or movements on a supine client.
  6. Demonstrate the three AK procedures used in CSI for pre- and post- evaluations.
  7. Demonstrate (using hand movements) the handholds used and movements involved in one of the Master Release techniques included in Segment #1 of the CSI Protocol.
  8. Demonstrate on another person application of the Left Torsion Master Release.
  9. Demonstrate using MMT that four functional objectives of the Left Torsion Master Release have been met.
  10. Demonstrate one technique included in Segment #2 of the CSI Protocol.
  11. Demonstrate one technique included in Segment #3 of the CSI Protocol.
  12. Demonstrate one technique included in Segment #4 of the CSI Protocol.
  13. Describe intended use of the CSI protocols and scheduling options.
  14. Model how they would describe the CSI treatment approach and two functional objectives to a patient.
  15. Describe one way that CranioStructural Integration concepts / techniques could be integrated into their current practice.

Program Topics

  • Posture and postural analysis
  • Postural compensations
  • Primary Cranial Patterns
  • Evaluations for Primary Cranial Patterns
  • Cranial techniques to release Primary Cranial Patterns
  • Blocking techniques to release Primary Lateral Strain patterns
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